I have been reading Hebrews recently. Last night I was up earlier than I wanted to be, and so I got to spend the first hours of the early morning with my Bible trying to pray. Some of these early morning bible studies are a gift of Peru (read that as stomach problems) and other times they are a result of other things (drunk people crashing cars into the house). And sometimes I think God just wakes me up. This morning it was the first of the three. So as I sat and tried to settle my stomach, I opened up to Hebrews 8. I came to verses 10-12 and read this:
This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel
after that time, declares the Lord.
I will put my laws in their minds
and write them on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.
No longer will they teach their neighbor,
or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest.
For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more.
And I was struck by how great it is that we can all know and be in the presence of God. In the past, before Jesus Christ, God chose his special people to whom he would reveal himself more fully. Heroes, such as Joseph, Moses, David, or Abraham were given special revelation and special access. And only the high priest was permitted to enter the Most Holy Place and be in the presence of God. And even when he entered it was once a year with a myriad of sacrifices. But now we have all been made equal, “from the least of them to the greatest”, and we can all know God. We can come directly to our creator and our savior. What a blessing it is to be made holy by the blood of Jesus Christ so that we can be in his presence without fear because he has forgiven our wickedness and remembers our sins no more.