Most Holy Place
Most Holy Place
On Mount Sinai Jesus came down and wrote the Ten Commandments with His own finger on two tablets of stone. “These are the commandments the Lord proclaimed in a loud voice to your whole assembly there on the mountain from out of the fire, the cloud and the deep darkness; and He added nothing more. Then He wrote them on two stone tablets and gave them to me.” Deuteronomy 5:22.
“And He added nothing more.” The Ten Commandments, and the Ten Commandments only, is our great guide for living. The reason they were written on stone was to show, symbolize, their everlasting quality. Jesus said of them, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have not come to abolish them . . . I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, nor the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the law until everything is accomplished.” Matthew 5:17, 18. Since all has not been accomplished, and heaven and earth have not yet passed away, neither have the Ten Commandments. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words (Ten Commandments spoken by Jesus) will never pass away.” Matthew 24:35.
The books of Moses, the other laws that had to do with civil government, health and religious worship, were written on parchment. That was to symbolize their temporal condition. Soon they would be replaced. Why? Because they were only for the Israelites.
The Ten Commandments resided in the Ark of the Covenant. Exodus 31:18; 32:15, 16; 40:20; Deuteronomy 10:4, 5. Their message, however, was to reside in the heart. “Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear Me and keep all My commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever.” Deuteronomy 5:29. “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.” Deuteronomy 6:6. (Old Testament). The Most Holy Place was home to the Divine Presence of God. Exodus 25:21, 22; Leviticus 16:2. The Most Holy Place represented, symbolized, the body of man as the temple of God. God wants to dwell in our body temples. “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19.
Above the Ark of the Testament, where the Ten Commandments dwelt, was the Mercy Seat. As stated earlier, God is merciful and gracious. He sits on the Mercy Seat dispensing mercy and grace to a lost and sinful people. Sin is the breaking of the Ten Commandments. The wages of sin is death. The gift of God, who resides on the Mercy Seat, is life. Grace is to keep us physically alive, while the plan of salvation is to bring us back into atonement (at-one-ment) with God, so we can have eternal life. The curtain that separated the Most Holy from the Holy Place symbolized the wall of sin that separates the sinner from his God. “But your iniquities have separated you from your God, your sins have hidden His face from you so that He will not hear.” Isaiah 59:2. When Adam and Eve sinned, they separated themselves from the presence of God and had to be escorted from the Garden of Eden. But in His great love, mercy and grace, God provided a way for us to return and commune with Him so He can hear and listen to us. “Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from Him anything we ask, because we obey His commands and do what pleases Him.” I John 3:21, 22. The symbolic play, or act, that represents the plan of atonement, went on in the courtyard and Holy Place of the temple.