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Chapter 8: The Holy Place
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Chapter 8: The Holy Place
Dan L. Kelly, Elder Emeritus

In the last chapter we followed the guilty sinner into the Courtyard where his sin was symbolically transferred to the lamb, his substitute, representing Jesus, the Lamb of God, our true substitute and sin-bearer in what is called the “anti-typical” sacrifice which we know as the Cross of Calvary.

We then saw how the priest took some of the blood from the lamb, representing, in symbol, the sacrificed life of the sinner, and “minister” it by putting some of it on the horns of the altar in the courtyard and then he would perform his priestly duties in the Holy place as well.  This is where we want to pick up the narrative.

The blood of the victim, the substitute, is not only ministered by the priest in the Courtyard, but he carried it directly into the Holy Place.  Remember, this blood represents the sacrificed life of the sinner (“For the life of the flesh is in the blood;” Leviticus 17:11) and it symbolically carries his guilt.  Please do not miss this symbolism!  The priest is carrying polluted blood - blood polluted by the sin confessed by the sinner on the head of the substitute - into the Holy Place of the Sanctuary.  Once inside the first apartment, he places a small amount of the blood on the horns of the altar of incense which is situated immediately before the veil which separates the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place.  He then places a pinch of incense on the hot coals of the altar causing a cloud of incense to rise.  He dips his finger in the blood remaining and sprinkles blood before the veil.  As the cloud of incense rises, the confessed sin contained in the victim’s blood thus sprinkled, symbolically rises with the incense to the top of the veil where there is an open space and is carried over the veil and into the Most Holy Place.  Now there is sin, symbolically deposited in the Holiest, or the Most Holy Place, where the Throne of God is represented.  This has symbolically polluted this holiest apartment of the Sanctuary.

This happens every day.  It is called “The Daily.”

It is necessary to remind ourselves that we are looking at “A Sandbox Illustration” of the plan of salvation.  The function of the Sanctuary is a picture of what Jesus’ sacrifice and ministry effectively does for us.  The first is in “Type” and the second is in “Antitype. Jesus is not only the Sacrifice, the Lamb of God, dying on the cross of Calvary, but He is also our great High Priest, ministering or applying that sacrifice for us.  Just like the priest in the Sanctuary applied the blood (life) of the sacrificed lamb, substituting for the sinner, Jesus serves up His precious blood for us in the true tabernacle which the Lord pitched, and not man.

Do you remember the text in Hebrews?
“Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.” (Hebrews 8:1,2)

So, Jesus acts as our Sacrifice.  We come to him when we have sinned “…in that thing” and freely place our sin on Him.  (Isaiah 53:6)  He, as a result of our sin and guilt, has gone to the place of sacrifice, The Cross, where He spills His blood.  He dies the death that we deserve and gives us the life which He deserves.  He becomes our substitute; the Lamb of God. He has in every way, died for us, indeed, for me, personally. In the old system, the sin was transferred to the substitute in symbol.  Do you remember that part?  How the sinner laid his hands on the head of the lamb and confessed his sin? That is not so in the antitype or antitypical.  When we confess our sin to Jesus, we transfer our sin and guilt to Him, not in symbol but in fact.  He carried our sin to the death at Calvary.

But it doesn’t end there!  Aren’t you glad?  All other religions have dead leaders!  We do not!  We have a living Savior because Jesus rose from the dead in the resurrection after resting in the tomb over the weekend nearly two thousand years ago. When He rose, only a short time later, forty days, He returned to His Father as our High Priest and is “set at the right hand of” His Father!  He is there as our mediator, appearing in the presence of God for us. Notice:
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:5)

As Jesus, our Friend and Representative before God, our Mediator, has carried our sins, as our sin bearer, to Heaven, He has made Himself responsible for them.  Furthermore, in the Sanctuary, the “Daily” ministry cared for the sins of the people on a daily basis throughout the year.  Jesus, now, listens to our prayers of confession and repentance on a daily basis, if necessary, and when we repent and ask forgiveness, He “pleads” our case much like and attorney “pleads” our case here on Earth.

Don’t misunderstand now, He is not there begging the Father to let us live, for He reminded the Disciples before he left them that, “The Father Himself loveth you!” (John 16:27)  Rather, He pleads our case as a counselor.  Notice this text:
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:”  (1 John 2:2)

You see, we have an advocate with the Father.  But we also have an “Accuser.”  Did you know that?  Notice:
“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.” (Revelation 12:9,10)

If we have an accuser, we certainly need an advocate, don’t we?

We do.  And this lawyer has never lost a case.  Do you know why?  It’s really quite simple.  He has already paid the price for any sin that the accuser can throw against us. Satan stands there and shouts out: “Look!  I’ve got a record!  Look what he or she did!! You can’t deny it. And, ‘the wages of sin is death! He or she deserves death!”

But our advocate quietly turns to the accuser and says, “You’ve got records?  Do you want to see the records that I’ve kept in My books?  It’s all here!  And it says ‘Pardoned!’ and it’s written in My blood because he or she claimed My sacrifice for their sin.” Then Jesus turns to the Judge and says, “Your Honor, the sinner ‘Pleads’ Guilty!  But the debt is paid!  I paid the cost on the Cross in his or her place.”  And the executive judgment is shouted out!  “Case Dismissed! Let him in to inherit the kingdom”

Do you want some real courage about the Great Judgment?  Something that will allow you to look forward to it rather than dread it?  Our advocate, the one who gave His life for us, is also our judge!  Yes, that’s right!  He’s also our judge!  Here it is, you can read it for yourself:
“For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:” (John 5:22)

That’s another reason why He’s never lost a case!

Now, if you are really, really paying attention, you may have seen a problem.  Some have seen it hundred’s of years ago and have tried to sidestep it.  But, we’re not going to! We’re going to meet it head on.  What happens in the Most Holy Place?  

This will take us two chapters to deal with in order to resolve the issues without giving you a whole Bakery when you have asked for a sandwich.

First, we’ll deal with the Most Holy Place in general raising the issues involved.  Then we’ll resolve the issues.  

I sincerely hope you have had your interest piqued!

Dan L. Kelly,
Elder Emeritus