Unrestricted Access to the Father: Part I in a Series
"According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: in whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him" (Ephesians 3:11-12).
God’s children have one of the greatest privileges ever bestowed on humankind.
We have the right, the boldness and the freedom to break in on our Lord at any time.
Our heavenly father sits on a throne in eternity.
And at his right hand sits his son, our blessed Lord and savior, Jesus.
Outside this throne room are gates, which open to all who are in Christ.
At any time — day or night, around the clock — we can bypass guardian angels, seraphims and all the heavenly hosts to boldly enter these gates and approach our father’s throne.
Christ has provided us with direct access to the father, to receive all the mercy and grace we need, no matter what our circumstance.
This wasn’t always the case.
In the Old Testament, no person had access to the father, with a few exceptions.
For example, we know Abraham enjoyed a measure of access to the Lord.
This devout man was called a friend of God.
He heard from the Lord, he talked to him, he had communion with him.
Yet even Abraham remained "outside the veil."
Even though he was a friend of God, he never had access to the holy of holies, where God resided.
The spiritual veil of separation had not yet been ripped in two.
At one point in Israel’s history, God declared he would speak to the prophets through visions and dreams: "If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision and will speak unto him in a dream" (Numbers 12:6).
This was a very restricted access to God.
Yet, again, there was an exception: Moses, the leader of Israel.
God said of him, "My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.
"With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold" (12:7-8).
Like Abraham, Moses talked to God, and God talked to him.
He spent 40 days and nights in the Lord’s presence, until his face shone.
Clearly, Moses had a great measure of access.
But the rest of Israel knew nothing of this kind of access.
The Lord said to them, "(There) shall be a continual burnt offering throughout your generations at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the Lord: where I will meet you, to speak there unto thee.
"And there I will meet with the children of Israel" (Exodus 29:42-43).
No one was allowed to enter the holy of holies, where God’s presence abode.
Only the high priest was allowed to go in, on one day of the year, the Day of Atonement.
Therefore, the people had to bring their sacrifices to the door of the tabernacle.
They could peek through the door, but they couldn’t behold anything fully.
They could only wonder at the majesty of God’s glory dwelling inside.
Again, this was a very restricted access.
It was as if God were saying to them, "Come to my front door, and I’ll meet you there.
"Then we can talk."
They weren’t invited inside.
The Lord spoke to them from the other side of the tabernacle door.
Can you imagine trying to communicate with a close friend that way?
Inside the tabernacle, a veil separated the holy place from the holy of holies.
As the high priest approached the veil, he must have trembled.
It was an awesome, fearful thing to have access to God’s glory.
If you committed just one defilement in his presence, you’d be struck dead.
God’s holy presence could not abide sin of any kind.
What an awesome event the Day of Atonement must have been.
On the day, all the children of Israel gathered around the door of the tabernacle.
This was the same door where God had dealt out judgment to Miriam for questioning Moses’ leadership and to Dathen and Abiram for rising up against Moses.
Now the multitides stood in awe as Aaron, the high priest, entered the mystical room to meet with almighty God.
They’d been given illustrations about what went on inside.
But they were left to wonder, "What must it be like in there?
"Does the Lord have a visible form?
"Is his voice like the fear-inspiring one we heard at Mount Sinai?
"Is he kind and gentle, or is he frightening?"
Even David, the sweet psalmist of Israel, had restricted access to God.
scri pture says he communed with God.
He knew the Lord as his defender, refuge, keeper, strength.