Lately I’ve been listening to Dr. David Platt via podcast. He came and preached a message in chapel on biblical suffering out of Job 42. It is up there on the list of the best sermons I’ve had the chance to listen to. I’m not quite caught up to where his church is, but I’ve been listening to him preach out of Hebrews 10.
If you’ve been in a church that uses Old Testament for very long I’m sure you’ve heard someone teaching or talking about the high priest and the Day of Atonement. The high priest once a year would make a sacrifice for the sins of the nation of Israel. He would enter the Holy of Holies where the Ark of the covenant of was. It was a pretty big deal, it was where God revealed himself and had his presence. There were a lot of really specific laws about what had to happen. If he did not follow God’s instruction he would be struck dead in the presence of God. Platt gives us a bit of insight into one of the things the priesthood did. They would tie a rope around the ankle of the high priest and sew bells into his garments so they could hear him moving in the Holy of holies. If he died, they couldn’t enter in to retrieve his body, so they had the rope around the ankle to remove priest if he died.
If you want to read more here is a link to Leviticus 16.
Platt took his listeners to Hebrews 10 to Christ the ultimate High Priest. Who made the ultimate sacrifice; Christ who split the vail from the Holy of holies and, made it possible for all who are in him to have access to God. The author of Hebrews talks of the old system of Law and how sacrifice was made every year, but Christ is the final sacrifice. I really love reading Leviticus 16, and the rest of the Pentateuch and seeing the foreshadowing of Christ. It is ever so beautiful, and can give us an understanding of the huge significance of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.
Platt went into a lot of these things and spent a lot of time in the Old Testament. Then the following Sunday he made the following comments:
“We don’t talk about Old Testament priest having bells sewn to the inside of their garments so we have a cool fact when the quiz comes up to share at parties or something. That’s not the point. The point is so we know what an awesome thing it is to go in to the presence of God and we have direct access there.”- David Platt
We have access.
We have access to the living God, access to the creator of all things, access through the ultimate high priest, and supreme sacrifice. I quote Platt because I know I neglect the sacrifice of Christ. A student at a school of a seminary I can often times get so wrapped up in the details and “cool facts”, that I forget the significance of Christ. I pray we understand the point of our studies, to further understand the supremacy of Christ in all things.