Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Holiest of Holies...

I lie upon my bed,
Lord, I enter this place,
Sacred and true.
Your presence penetrating me,
A place inside my heart.
Jesus, my high priest,
You’ve opened the way.
I kneel and cry,
Inside my mind.
I prostrate myself before your Throne,
Hiding under your wings.
I am surrounded with sadness, oh Lord,
It will not depart from me.
I am surrounded by suffering, oh Lord,
Always before my eyes.
It tears at my soul.
Heal them, oh Lord…
These precious little ones.
Heal him, oh Lord…
My son.
Relieve these besieged parents,
Who attempt to understand.

I enter the Holy of Holies,
I find You there.
I feel your touch,
Safe and peaceful.
Your tenderness surrounds me,
Anxiety and fear fade away.
Finally, sleep washes over me.
I will search for You again,
As I cross the threshold of…
The Holiest of Holies…

In ancient Jewish faith, there were two rooms to the tabernacle - the Holy Place and the Holiest of Holies. The Ark of the Covenant and the Mercy Seat were housed in this sacred space, the Holiest of Holies. Because God’s Holy Presence was there, only the high priest was allowed to enter into the Holiest of Holies.

A gold, purple or red veil separated this place from the rest of the tabernacle. When the priest entered, he wore a beautiful breastplate embedded with twelve stones. Sown into the hem of his robe were silver bells that rang when he went behind the veil. The continuous ringing of the bells helped the people know that he was still alive, while he entered the Holy Presence of God.

In the Christian faith, Jesus Christ’s birth, death and resurrection has opened the way for all believers to enter into His throne room, to stand before God in the Holiest of Holies. I enter this place each night in my mind, heart and spirit.

This is how I sleep. This is how I cope.


Debby said...

Today I read Job 23:10 and thought. Yes, Gold Lord, help me come forth as gold.
I see gold in you dear April.
Keep on perservering.
You are not alone. Our Lord, He too endured and grieved. I know He cares about your grief. Hebrews 12:1-3
You are so beautiful. You are a precious star in the dark sky.
Keep on Believeing in the One who made them all shine so bright. He is worthy and He is watching and smiling as you honor Him with your beautiful life.

Linz said...

Love the poem!!!
Exodus 28:35
And it shall be upon Aaron to minister: and his sound shall be heard when he goeth in unto the holy place before the LORD, and when he cometh out, that he die not
This is true- However
Lev. 16:4
He shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall have the linen breeches upon his flesh, and shall be girded with a linen girdle, and with the linen mitre shall he be attired: these are holy garments; therefore shall he wash his flesh in water, and so put them on.
And Aaron shall come into the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall put off the linen garments, which he put on when he went into the holy [place], and shall leave them there:
And he shall wash his flesh with water in the holy place, and put on his garments, and come forth, and offer his burnt offering, and the burnt offering of the people, and make an atonement for himself, and for the people.

Jewish Tradition tells us that the linen garments were worn underneath the blue ones with the bells... the blue ones were removed upon entering the holiest of holies... There are no known deaths occuring in the holiest of holies (or not that i could find).

Thank God Jesus died and became our High Priest speaking for us to God!