“And you shall hang the veil from the clasps. Then you shall bring the ark of the Testimony in there, behind the veil. The veil shall be a divider for you between the holy place and the Most Holy.” Exodus 26:33
Have you been feeling in your spirit a desire to draw closer to God? An overwhelming desire to step into and experience the fullness of what the Lord has in store for you? Are you willing to do what it takes, to sacrifice what is necessary to get there? Then hold on! It’s your divinely appointed time for a Holy of Holies experience!
Initially, it was only the high priest that could enter into the holiest of all places; the holiest place (Exd. 26:33). This was the place where God spoke to Moses. It was only once a year that he could step beyond the veil with an offering of blood which he offered for himself and for the errors of the people (Heb 9:7). In this holiest of places God told Moses “And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee…” (Exd 25:22). God fellowshipped with Moses, “So the LORD spoke to Moses’ face to face, as a man speaks to his friend” (Exd 24:11). But again, this experience was set aside for the High Priest only!
Today, this is no longer the case. When Jesus died, the veil that separated man from this holiest place was torn, “Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent” (Mat 27:50-51). This signified that now the holy of holies experience, the one on one communion with God was obtainable for all of mankind. It was the very sacrifice of Jesus’ flesh that made this possible, “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh” (Heb 10: 19-20). We do, however, still need to make a choice and do what’s necessary to enter in.
The Lord quickly brings to mind several individuals and their response to this call. We’re not all starting from the same spot. We’re not all called to do the same thing. We’re not all in the same situation, but perhaps you can identify with one of the following people chosen and called of God.
Are you feeling a calling on your life to share a message from the Lord to His people? (For they so need to hear.) Will you make yourself available and respond similarly to how Isaiah did? “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me” (Isa 6:8). I think it’s important to acknowledge Isaiah’s mindset when the Lord revealed Himself to him, “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke” (Isa 6:1-4). Isaiah knew that he was in the presence of his Creator, and his response was appropriate, “Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts” (V:5). He humbled himself before our Holy God! Acknowledging that maybe he had spoken some unclean things and lived in the midst of those with unclean lips. But God honored his reverence, “Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged” (V: 6-7).
So, in a nutshell, first Isaiah acknowledges that he is unclean. He mentions this specifically in Isa 64:6, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away”. The Lord has mercy on him and purges his sin. God gives us the opportunity to be cleansed of our sin. He allows us an opportunity to repent and be baptized in His name for the forgiveness and cleansing of sin. He transforms us into His likeness through the power of His Holy Spirit. Once we sacrifice (die to) ourselves, we can truly be available to be sent by the Lord to His people with His word and power. How many times have you said to the Lord “Send me”? Give the Lord the free reign to do what He needs to do in you and through you. Then? You can see Him truly glorified!
Prayer Starter: Lord, I want to be Your servant and heed your call. I know that I am unclean, but washed in Your blood in Your perfect sacrifice am considered your child. Allow me to release control so I will not hinder your perfect plan for my life. I submit and surrender myself fully to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.