God is a holy God. We see this in the preparations he gives Israel for the consecration of the priests, the instructions for the altar, the bronze basin and the anointing oil. When he talks about the basin, we see how serious these instructions are: "They shall wash their hands and their feet, so that they may not die." We worship a holy and perfect God. He has no sin or fault. On our own, we could never come near him. But as he closes his instruction for the priests, he says, "I will meet with you, to speak to you there ... it shall be sanctified by my glory ... I will dwell among the people of Israel and will be their God. And they shall know that I am the LORD their God, who brought them out of Egypt that I might dwell among them. I am the LORD their God."
He is holy, but he is the God who rescued Israel from Egypt. He also prepared a way that he might dwell amid his people. The people have their instructions, but ultimately it is his glory that will sanctify it, which will make it clean. God is the only way that we can come before God. The priests and the tent of meeting were only a temporary solution. The sacrifices would need to be done regularly throughout the generations. They were not enough. What we need is for God to rescue us. We need God to sanctify us so that we can dwell with him and talk to him.
This is what Jesus did. He came and dwelt in our midst. This time instead of giving us laws, God came and taught us about himself. He and the disciples taught the people to repent – which means to turn away from sin. The only way that we can do this is if God himself makes the way. And this is exactly what Jesus did when he died on the cross for us. So now, let us remember that God is the one who rescued us, and respond with joy that we may meet with God and speak with him.
Foothills Family Missions Guy (with Power to Change); Husband to Steph and Dad to two amazing kids!