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Chapter 10: The Polluting Of The Holiest
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Chapter 10: The Polluting Of The Holiest
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Dan L. Kelly, Elder Emeritus

In the Most Holy Place we watched as sin traveled in and then out of the Sanctuary in a progression through the Holy Place into the Most Holy and then reversed on the Day of Atonement traveling out and was ultimately disposed of in a permanent fashion.  This was in the Desert Sanctuary, the ‘Sandbox Illustration’ that was set up as a classroom for the Israelites when they came out of Egypt. For years it was effective for them even though it became a flat ritual that God abhorred during the time of Isaiah (See Isaiah 1:10 – 15). The system was not set up to accommodate sin but to deal with its eventuality.  If you read the following verses, God through Isaiah tells them what He really wanted from them and, by extension, from us.  He wanted us to be clean.  Free from sin.  

“Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;  Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.  Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it” (Isaiah 1:16 – 20).

That is virtually the same as what God expects from the Christian in apostolic times and reaching down to us today.  Notice what John tells us:

“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: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him (1 John 2:1 – 5).

So, God wants us to walk as Jesus walked.  He wants us to ‘Abide in Him’ so that we can be protected from the wiles of the devil.  But, John says, ‘even though I write these things so that you might not sin, you still might sin.  And, if you do, we still have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the Righteous!’  Jesus serves us now as our High Priest, our “Advocate with the Father” so that we have a pathway to the throne of God where forgiveness lies.  That pathway, is directly into the True Tabernacle or Sanctuary that the Lord pitched and not man.  The Sanctuary which is in Heaven, which is the pattern for the one that was built on this earth for use as the ‘Sandbox Illustration.’  

“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:14 – 16).

Again:

“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; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water (Hebrews 10: 19 – 22).
Into this Heavenly Sanctuary Jesus, upon His ascension, has carried our sins with Him before the Father.  It is there that He continues to minister His blood on our behalf while we still struggle and fall and fail.  He has made a pathway, in His flesh, that is to say, as one of us, through the veil into the Most Holy Place to obtain mercy, forgiveness, washing and cleansing.  All because we ask, confess and repent.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

Jesus earned the right to do this at the cross acting on our behalf, as our substitute. The Lamb of God, dying in our place, for our sin, “in which He had no part,” so we could participate in His righteousness, “In which we had no part!” The great exchange!

So, we have Jesus in the very presence of the Father as our Sin Bearer, carrying the sin of the whole world before the throne of God, in the most pristine of all places; polluting it!

But, you say, “Wait a minute! What about the ‘depths of the sea?’

We have all heard the biblical statement that God “Casts our sins in the depths of the sea.”  That is derived from the following text in Micah:

“He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19).

This was a prophecy written by Micah nearly 100 years before Israel’s Babylonian Captivity. Israel had, again gone into abject apostasy and God had promised to discipline them.  As always, after discipline, upon their confession and repentance and “turning from their wicked ways,” He would bring them back and forgive them and heal their land.  This is the case here.  Micah is prophesying of the return of Israel after the Babylon escapade and he uses the metaphor of  “the depths of the sea” that remains with us today.

The question we now have is, “do we apply the metaphor of the ‘depths of the sea’ for time and eternity?”  Or, do we look at the schematic of the Sanctuary in the wilderness to see how God, in reality, will deal with the eradication of sin and apply the ‘Sandbox Illustration’ to the Ministry of Jesus? Shall we use it to see how the sin He carries as the Sin Bearer meets its final disposition in the grand scheme of the universal Plan of Salvation?

One thing is for certain.  Sin will be forever destroyed.  So, we cannot assume it to be left either in the depths of the sea or in the Heavenly Courts, being carried about by Jesus, our Sin Bearer. If either were the case, we would be immortalizing sin. Do we want to do that?  The answer is – “not on your life.”

The solution lies in The Day of Atonement; The Cleansing of the Sanctuary.

This is getting exciting!

Dan L. Kelly
Elder Emeritus