Traditionally, a bride, adorned in her white wedding gown, would have a veil covering her face as she walked down the aisle. As she approached the altar of the church, there would be the minister and her bridegroom. But it’s the groom that lifts the veil, not the minister. With the veil lifted, there is no longer a separation between the groom and the bride. The most holy of unions takes place in that moment.
God continues to give His instructions on how to build the tabernacle. Every detail is important and must be followed exactly as He describes. In chapter 26, He tells Moses about the materials to use in making the tent. Fine linens, embroidered with blue, purple and scarlet, and designs of mighty angels across them. These would be on the inside. To protect the beautiful tapestry and the items inside, the outside would be covered with animal skins – goat, ram, and badger (seal, sea cow). And inside, a veil, woven with intricate details of these angels, would be hung from the ceiling (15 ft high). Behind the veil, the ark of the covenant would be placed. This would be called the Holy of Holies, the most holy place. The very presence of God would be there, resting above the mercy seat, in between the two cherubim.
The veil separated God from the people. Only a priest of the tribe of Levi could enter into the Holy of Holies once a year to make the blood sacrifice for the sins of the people. The priest had to atone for the sins of the people on their behalf.
“Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent.” (Matthew 27:50)
At the moment of Jesus’ death, the veil was torn. The one thing that separated the people from God. Jesus, the Bridegroom, lifted the veil that separated Him from His bride, those that are saved in Him.
No longer was a priest necessary for the go between. Christ became that high priest for us and His death, His innocent blood shed for us, became the atonement for our sin.
“But Christ being come a high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” (Hebrews 9:11-12)
As Christ as our Savior, believers can boldly go before the throne of God and commune with Him because Jesus has made that possible!
Are you doing that? No longer are you separated from the Lord, the veil has been lifted! Come to the throne of grace today and behold His glory!
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