Today we are going to do a little deeper study as we prepare our self for holy week. I want to paint a more perfect picture of the Tabernacle, the Holy Temple, because on the day of the crucifixion something happens to the temple. No spoilers, if you already know. And many of you have read about it or seen it done in a movie version, or studied it in bible study, but after 40 days of talking about the tabernacle/ temple, the meaning of Christ’s final days on earth should become so much more poignant. Let’s study and prepare! Below is a diagram of the tabernacle of Moses.
According to Goodseed bible resources , ( https://www.goodseed.com/holy-of-holies-and-the-veil.html)., “within the Holy Place of the tabernacle, there was an inner room called the Holy of Holies, or the Most Holy Place. Judging from its name, we can see that it was a most sacred room, a place no ordinary person could enter. It was God’s special dwelling place in the midst of His people. During the Israelites’ wanderings in the wilderness, God appeared as a pillar of cloud or fire in and above the Holy of Holies. The Holy of Holies was a perfect cube — its length, width and height were all equal to 15 feet. A thick curtain separated the Holy of Holies from the Holy Place. This curtain, known as the “veil,” was made of fine linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn.”
This same veil existed during Jesus’s time in the second temple. However there was no ark of the covenant. It was destroyed or confiscated during the Babylonian captivity. Let’s dive even deeper and see what the author of Hebrew’s has to say about the holy of holies. I have included the Common English Bible text of Hebrews 9:1-10. This version seems a little more clear to understand the details of the tabernacle.
So then the first covenant had regulations for the priests’ service and the holy place on earth. 2 They pitched the first tent called the holy place. It contained the lampstand, the table, and the bread of presence. 3 There was a tent behind the second curtain called the holy of holies. 4 It had the gold altar for incense and the chest containing the covenant, which was covered with gold on all sides. In the chest there was a gold jar containing manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant. ……..
6 …….. priests enter the first tent all the time as they perform their service. 7 But only the high priest enters the second tent once a year. He never does this without blood, which he offers for himself and for the sins the people committed in ignorance. 8 With this, the Holy Spirit is showing that the way into the holy place hadn’t been revealed yet while the first tent was standing. 9 This is a symbol for the present time. It shows that the gifts and sacrifices that are being offered can’t perfect the conscience of the one who is serving. 10 These are superficial regulations that are only about food, drink, and various ritual ways to wash with water. They are regulations that have been imposed until the time of the new order.
Or as the ESV version of the bible states…… These regulations were in effect only until a better system could be established. Well, guess what this better system was established the day Christ died. On Good Friday we will see what happens to that veil and bring this story all together. In the meantime, we power forward and study the events as Jesus enters into Jerusalem to prepare for this unveiling.