Before we move on to the next Chapter, there are four Hebrew words connected to the Tabernacle sanctuary that you’ve just got to know.
The first word is MASAKH.
This term refers to the main entrance or door leading into the Holy Place.
Remember that one had to walk through the Holy Place to get into the Holy of Holies.
There was no other secret side entrance hidden somewhere that would allow somebody to silently slip into the Holy of Holies (and I wouldn’t recommend it anyway, unless you wanted to die).
There was ONLY ONE WAY into the Holy of Holies and that was through the Holy Place.
The second word is PAROKHET.
This term refers to the hanging veil or curtain that separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies.
Keep in mind that although were only talking about one singular piece of cloth separating these two rooms, the difference between the these two rooms was life and death.
Only the common priests could go into the Holy Place and only the High Priest could go into the Holy of Holies, and that only happened once a year.
The third word is KODESH.
This term refers to the Holy Place itself and literally means “holy”.
The pronunciation of this word should have a familiar ring as there are many other offshoots from this word commonly used such as “kadosh” or “kosher”.
Or how about this one?
The RUACH HA-KODESH.
This means the Holy Spirit of God.
Finally, the fourth word is KODESH HA-KODASHIM.
This term refers to the Holy of Holies.
The holiest spot on the planet at the time.
This was where the sacred Ark of the Covenant was placed.
And, as I just mentioned, only the High Priest, who will be Moses’ brother Aaron, was only allowed to go in here once a year to atone for the sins of Israel.
Later on, we’ll witness some grisly scenes where the Lord had to take the lives of a couple of folks because they didn’t follow proper protocol concerning the Holy of the Holies and the Ark of the Covenant.
Here’s a quick snapshot of the four words we just learned.
PAROKHET=Veil or Curtain
KODESH=The Holy Place
KODESH HA-KODASHIM=The Holy of Holies
While studying about the Tabernacle sanctuary, what was impressed upon me the most was just how separate man is from God.
Man cannot just in a flippant manner approach God and expect to be heard or paid attention to.
He has to follow the proper protocol God has established for His people.
If proper protocol isn’t followed, as we will see moving forward, it can result in physical death or worse.
Worse being eternal separation from the Almighty.
One must follow proper protocol.
CONNECTING THIS TEACHING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
“I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.”
NEXT TIME WE BEGIN EXODUS CHAPTER 27