Doors in Our Past

Last time, we entered the bloodstained door. So this week we will stand and gaze inside.

Exodus 12:22 (CJB)
Take a bunch of hyssop leaves and dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and smear it on the two sides and top of the door-frame. Then, none of you is to go out the door of his house until morning.

Standing inside with the Hebrews, we are amazed at God’s provision. Every detail describe in an earlier blog was prepared by the LORD for His children exodus. With excitement, the Hebrews exit out the door for their journey to a new pasture, the promise land.

At Calvary

However, the “door” for us leads to Jerusalem to the place of the Skull, Golgotha (John 19:17–18). Standing at the blood stained cross, we gaze at a sign reading, “Jesus of Nazareth, The King of the Jews” (John 19:19–20). Thank you, Jesus, for dying for us.

Refrain from “At Calvary” by William R. Newell, 1895 (public domain):

Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty
At Calvary.

Let’s examine Matthew 27:46. Many of us read this scripture with sadness thinking God had forsaken Jesus. Some say Jesus was forsaken by God because he suffered in the sinner’s place. It is true we need to approach God in holiness.

Matthew 27:46 (KJV)
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Here is a new thought. The religious leaders and the Israelite knew the Tanakh (Old Testament) scriptures. Take the time to read Psalm 22 and notice Psalm 22:1.

Psalms 22:1 (KJV)
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

Jesus, the Messiah, with His dying breath, was letting His people know He was the promise One. He was asking for them to come and accept Him as their Messiah. “Come to me.” What amazing grace and love! Jesus died on the cross for love and forgiveness.

John 15:13 (NLT)
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

Leaving the cross with a grateful heart, we enter the door to an empty tomb. Again we smell the gift of life, not death. We notice the strips of linen lying by themselves (Luke 24:12). The tomb is completely saturated with amazing grace and wondrous love. Jesus arose! Jesus is alive! Another song? Up from the grave He Arose.

Refrain from “Christ Arose” by Robert Lowry, 1874 (public domain)

Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes,
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever, with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Nugget: Had to be a new tomb (John 19:41). There could not had been death in it.

Passover/Easter is soon coming. So with a renewed understanding, make this Passover/Easter (and everyone one from now on) an extra special holiday. Keep our focus on the true meaning of this season, Jesus the Messiah.

“The doors” in the Tabernacle

There are two holy rooms in the Tabernacle:

  1. Holy Place: Where the lamp stand, the table of showbread, and the altar of incense resided.
  2. Most Holy Place or Holy of Holies: Where the Ark of the Covenant resided.
  3. But there is a third and even more holy place:

  4. The Holy, Holy, Holy: Heaven where the Lord God Almighty dwells (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:6).

The Holy Place was entered through a hanging called “the door,” and the Holy of Holies was entered through a veil. Three curtains were placed strategically in the Tabernacle.

The word vail, Hebrew word paroketh (פָּרׂכֶתpārōḵeṯ) [h6532], means to separate and describes its ministry. The veil acted as a barrier between God and man, shutting God in and man out (Leviticus 16:2). The curtains permitted access to worship after the priests had met the required conditions set forth in the Mosaic law.

The first curtain, “the gate of the court” (Exodus 27:16), separated the people from the Tabernacle court. The people brought their sacrifice to the gate as an offering to God.

The second curtain, “the hanging for the door of the tent” (Exodus 26:36–37), separated the priests in the Tabernacle court from the holy place. Only after cleansing at the brazen altar and the brazen laver (or basin) could the priest enter the Holy Place to worship and fellowship with God.

The third veil divided the inside of the Tabernacle into two rooms, the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies (or Most Holy Place). This veil separated the priests (or Cohen) from the Holy of Holies, where the presence of God dwelt. Only the high priest (or Cohen Hagadol) could enter the Holy of Holies once a year, on the Day of Atonement, to offer blood on the mercy-seat for his sins and those of the people.

The shekinah cloud of God’s glory filled the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle and in Solomon’s Temple.

In Ezekiel 10:18, the glory of God left the Temple because of the people’s sins and idolatry. God left His house reluctantly, but because of His holiness, He knew He had to separate Himself from the idolatry in the Temple.

The Ark of the Covenant had been removed at the time the Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians. But the high priest continued to take the blood sacrifice where the Ark of the Covenant once stood. Emptiness!

Even though, God’s presence left the temple, He did not reject His people. There are times when God may withdraw His presence from us or protection upon us. But this does not mean He has rejected us. God loves us no matter what. However, there are sins in our lives that God cannot tolerate. Because of His holiness, He is forced to withdraw.

When this happens, we need to repent of these sins. In time, He will “remember” us, as in the case of Noah mentioned in the previous blog, and bring back His presence into our lives and stronger than ever. Of course, God never truly forgets us. By “remember”, we mean “His presence returns.”

We may pray, “Heavenly Father, never leaves us without hope.” Because Jesus the Messiah died at Calvary and rose from the tomb, we will always have hope! Thank you, Lord!

Next time, we study the future doors to go through.

Until then,
שָׁלוֹם (Shalom!)