When we went to the pool in the summer, we had to enter the pool thru the locker room. The locker room always scared me. My dad would often take us to the pool and my brothers and dad entered thru the men’s locker room and I was the only one in the family to go thru the women’s locker room. There was no way into the pool unless you went into the locker room and showered first. There are reasons they have rules like that, but I had a higher rule that I had in place. My rule was just for those who felt they were really somebodies. As somebodies we know that the coolest thing to do when you go to the pool on a very hot day is to approach the water all in one jump. None of this being a sissy by trying to inch your way into the water, getting your body used to the water’s temperature. If there were enough people, I could kind of get lost in a crowd and make my grand leap into the pool without notice. If I wandered out all by my lonesome, I was almost guaranteed a guard calling me over to their chair before that first leap into the pool. They’d ask if I had showered and I’d say that I thought I had. Then they would say that they wanted to go back and take another shower so they could see that my hair was wet. That would make me so mad. I’m not sure that standing in front of the shower really accomplishes anything before you go swimming. Does it?
9:1 That first plan contained directions for worship, and a specially designed place of worship. 2 A large outer tent was set up. The lampstand, the table, and “the bread of presence” were placed in it. This was called “the Holy Place.” 3 Then a curtain was stretched, and behind it a smaller, inside tent set up. This was called “the Holy of Holies.” 4 In it were placed the gold incense altar and the gold-covered ark of the covenant containing the gold urn of manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, the covenant tablets, 5 and the angel-wing-shadowed mercy seat. But we don’t have time to comment on these now.
6 After this was set up, the priests went about their duties in the large tent. 7 Only the high priest entered the smaller, inside tent, and then only once a year, offering a blood sacrifice for his own sins and the people’s accumulated sins. 8 This was the Holy Spirit’s way of showing with a visible parable that as long as the large tent stands, people can’t just walk in on God. 9 Under this system, the gifts and sacrifices can’t really get to the heart of the matter, can’t assuage the conscience of the people, 10 but are limited to matters of ritual and behavior. It’s essentially a temporary arrangement until a complete overhaul could be made.
11 But when the Messiah arrived, high priest of the superior things of this new covenant, he bypassed the old tent and its trappings in this created world and went straight into heaven’s “tent”—the true Holy Place—once and for all. 12 He also bypassed the sacrifices consisting of goat and calf blood, instead using his own blood as the price to set us free once and for all. 13 If that animal blood and the other rituals of purification were effective in cleaning up certain matters of our religion and behavior, 14 think how much more the blood of Christ cleans up our whole lives, inside and out.
The tabernacle was a sanctuary of this world; the true tabernacle, not made with hands, is the dwelling place of God. The high priest entered the tabernacle once a year; Christ entered the heavenly tabernacle and reigns on the throne once for all. The high priest’s sacrifices made mankind outwardly clean; Christ’s sacrifice makes mankind spiritually clean and presentable before God.
What are some things that you’ve had to pass thru to get to the place you really wanted to go? Why do stores place the milk and bread selections in the very back of the store? Have a Day!
In Conversation with a child: Ask a child why people have to be 16 years of age to drive
Prayers for our soldiers and others fighting for our country: Sgt. Zach Fessler, Peter Davidson
Remember in Prayer: Emily, Linda, Joe & Pat, Jerrad, Marsha & Tom, Jennifer & family, Rusty & family, John, Janet, Charles, Dorothy, Corinne, Linda, Josh, Sharon, Baby Olivia & Season, Edna, Michelle, Richard, Ethan’s family, Peggy, Steve, Kathleen, Andy, Susan & family, Jeanne & family, Jane, Danny, Marshall M. Michelle, Shari & family, Dr. David Tsai, Emily, Godfrey, Rev. Gatu, Sharlene, Rich, Barb, Susie, Herm, David
And those experiencing loss - family & friends of: Brian, Victims of Boston Marathon explosion, Clarence, Mackenzie, Nate, Gertrude, Dion, Marshall
Prayer: O God, we thank you for this day. Thank you for the better way of being in relationship with you that is all about your action and not about ours. May we live in joy and thankfulness today. Amen
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