Interesting Things About the Sanctuary

Posted Apr 29, 2010 by Michael Ebens in Devotional - Blog Hits: 3,114

(A 13 year old reflecting on the Sanctuary)

Exo 26:33  And thou shalt hang up the vail under the taches, that thou mayest bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy.

Today in Story of Redemption I was reading about the sanctuary (the one that Moses was given instructions for), I found it to be quite an interesting read.

One of the things I found interesting is that when the glory of the Lord rested on the ark, it could be seen in the Holy place. This was because the vail that covered the Most Holy place did not go all the way up to the ceiling, therefore some of God's glory was seen in the Holy place. It would be an interesting feeling if you were a priest doing your work in the Holy place, seeing some of the glory of God all the time. I think it's rather wise to let some of God's glory show through to the Holy place; it would give the feeling of being watched by God the whole time and that He is very near, which should make the priests have second thoughts before doing anything stupid or irreverent.

The thing I found the most interesting of all was about the priests when they prayed towards the ark. They could not see the ark, as it was covered by the vail, which for the priests is just as well. Ellen White says that the priests prayed towards the ark, in faith that God would listen, even though they could not see it directly (Story of Redemption page 155). She goes on to say that this is a sign of God's people today. We pray to the Father, through his Son, in faith that he will listen to our prayers. The Son acts as the vail or the mediator between us and the Father, which for us is just as well.

Anyway, those are a few things that I thought were pretty interesting, so I thought I'd share them. Thanks for reading!