Our Daily Bread 11th April 2020 Devotional – Curtained Off
TODAY’S TOPIC: CURTAINED OFF
Bible in a Year: 1 Samuel 17–18, Luke 11:1–28
Key Verse: 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
Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 10:19–25
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Today’s Message: Our Daily Bread 11th April 2020 Devotional
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 (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. By: Lisa M. Samra
Reflect: Our Daily Bread 11th April 2020 Devotional
How does the truth that Christ’s death provides access to God give you confidence when you worship and pray? What else does His death provide believers?
Today’s Prayer: Jesus, thank You for being willing to die to open up full access to God to all who long for it.
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