CURTAINED OFF

| SATURDAY 16TH APRIL, 2022

Our Daily Bread 2022 Annual Edition

By Lisa Samra

Read: Hebrews 10:19–25 (NIV) | Bible in a Year: 1 Samuel 30–31; Luke 13:23–35

Since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place . . . by a new and living way . . . let us draw near to God. Hebrews 10:19–22

As my flight reached cruising speed, the flight attendant pulled back the curtain that cordoned off first class, and I was given a startling reminder of the stark differences between areas on airplanes. Some travelers get to board first, enjoying premium seating with extra legroom and personalized service. The curtain was a humbling reminder of my separation from those perks.

Exclusionary distinctions between groups of people can be found throughout history, including, in a way, even God’s temple in Jerusalem, though not due to one’s ability to pay more. Non-Jewish people were only allowed to worship in the outer court. Next came the women’s court, and even closer, an area designated for men. Finally, the holy of holies, seen as the place where God uniquely revealed Himself, was concealed behind a curtain and only accessible to one consecrated priest each year (Hebrews 9:1­–10).

But, wonderfully, this separation no longer exists. Jesus has completely eliminated any barriers that might hinder anyone seeking access to God—even our sin (Hebrews 10:17). Just as the temple curtain was torn in two at the moment of Christ’s death (Matthew 27:50–51), His crucified body has torn away all obstructions to God’s presence. There’s no barrier that need separate any believer from experiencing the glory and love of the living God.

Read: Hebrews 10:19–25 (NIV)

A Call to Persevere in Faith

19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

INSIGHT

  1. How does the truth that Christ’s death provides access to God give you confidence when you worship and pray?

  2. What else does His death provide believers?

PRAYER

Jesus, thank You for being willing to die to open up full access to God to all who long for it. In your Holy name, I pray and give thanks. Amen!!

Read: Hebrews 10:19–25 (NIV) | Bible in a Year: 1 Samuel 30–31; Luke 13:23–35

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