THE THREE ENTRANCES: The Doctrine of Worship
1. The GATE into the outer court.
2. The DOOR into the Holy Place.
3. The VEIL into the Holy of Holies.
Passing now from the outer court into the Holy Place, the furniture in the outer court was solving the problem of sin; the sin question was settled with no condemnation of the child of God.
The articles of furniture in the Holy Place for communion and worship could not be used until sin is out-of-the-way. I will discuss the articles of furniture in my next Blog.
The way into the presence of God for the Israelite was through these three entrances. Jesus said, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me” (John 14:6). [A side note]: The 3-fold definition that Jesus made of Himself dovetails into the three entrances of the Tabernacle.
FIRST, the gate of the court corresponds to Christ as “the Way.” The gate led into the outer court from the outside. It was the first threshold crossed and separated the sinner on the outside from all within.
Immediately coming through the gate, you came upon the brazen altar with the laver of brass in the background. The way to God today is by the cross; Jesus is that “Way“.
The way into God’s presence; a place of communion, a place of worship is all through Jesus Christ. We must settle the sin question in our lives before we can come into God’s presence to worship. In the Tabernacle it was essential for a priest, coming into God’s presence to worship, to pass through the gate and by the altar. There is no other way.
Secondly, the door of the Tabernacle corresponds to Jesus who is “the Truth.” The door led from the outer court to the Holy Place. It separated the one who had made the sacrifice from worship. The priest, having made the proper offering, must pass through the door of the Tabernacle if he would worship God. So today, God is worshiped in Truth through Jesus.
THE WOMAN AT THE WELL
A novel thing happened, when Jesus introduced to the Samaritan woman at the well: “Woman, believe Me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither [merely] in this mountain nor [merely] in Jerusalem” (John 4:21). Jews and Samaritans all agreed God was to be worshiped in one place. The disagreement came concerning the place of worship. It was a question with them of “either/or.” Jesus said something new when He removed the place by the “neither/nor.”
Scriptures confirmed the belief of the Jews that Jerusalem was the proper place of worship. They never believed they could worship God elsewhere and they were correct in their thinking. Haven’t we had the same notion before in our place of worship? “We can only worship God at …. ” you fill in the blank. The earthly place of worship was Jerusalem which was located on a mountain. In the future it is to be the place of worship for all earthly people, both Jews and Gentiles.
“And everyone who is left of all nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles or Booths. And it shall be that whoso of the families of the earth shall not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, upon them there shall be no rain” (Zechariah 14:16, 16).
God had declared to His people, Israel that Jerusalem had been set up for His holy name. Jesus had given commandment not to swear by Jerusalem because it was the city of the great King. So, the statement of Jesus to the woman at the well and to the Jews as well was radical. But, He was speaking of the church age.
During this time, the place of worship would not be localized: “A time will come, however, indeed it is already here, when the true (genuine) worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth (reality); for the Father is seeking just such people as these as His worshipers” (John 4:23 Amplified Bible). The place was removed from Jerusalem to “in the spirit” and the manner of worship would be “in truth“.
THE DOOR OF THE TABERNACLE
The door of the Tabernacle suggested Jesus as the truth and it led into the place of worship; the manner of worship now is “in the truth.” God is worshiped today anywhere in spirit but the way is not just any way. He is worshiped “in truth”. I’ve repeated words here for emphasis; so you will understand worship perhaps differently from where you’re at in worship today. It corresponds to the Holy Place in the Tabernacle.
THE VEIL BETWEEN THE HOLY PLACE AND THE HOLY OF HOLIES
“And Jesus cried again with a loud voice and gave up His spirit. And at once the curtain of the sanctuary of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; the earth shook and the rocks were split” (Matthew 27:50, 51).
“Therefore, brethren, since we have full freedom and confidence to enter into the [Holy of] Holies [by the power and virtue] in the blood of Jesus, By this fresh (new) and living way which He initiated and dedicated and opened for us through the separating curtain (veil of the Holy of holies), that is, through His flesh” (Hebrews 10:19, 20).
THE THIRD ENTRANCE:
The veil or the curtain separated the Holy of Holies from the Holy Place and the veil corresponds to Jesus as “the Life”. When Jesus died and gave His blood on the cross He said “It is finished!” (John 19:30); the sacrifice at the brazen altar at the Tabernacle was completed; no further animal sacrifices with the spilling of blood would be sufficient any longer; “It is finished!”
I thought it was interesting information given in Matthew 27:51 and I wanted to investigate the meaning further when the verse says, “torn in two from top to bottom”. The veil or curtain’s dimensions were: 60′ H x 30′ W x 4″ thick. I could imagine and see the priests in the Temple standing around talking to each other in regards to “spiritual” matters, when all of sudden, the curtain was torn from the top to the bottom!” Their conclusion should have been three-fold.
1. The veil had to torn from the top.
2. The veil was too high for human hands to have reached it.
3. The curtain was too thick to tear!
My next blog will continue connecting The Tabernacle; Jesus and the Cross theme and the articles of furniture in the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies: THE TABLE OF SHEWBREAD.