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Day 46: Enjoying God’s Presence

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Monday, February 15th, 2016
Exodus 39:1-40:38
Mark 1:1-28
Psalm 35:1-16
Proverbs 9:11-12
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

And they made bells of pure gold, and put the bells between the pomegranates on the hem of the robe all around between the pomegranates… – Ex 39:25

Under the Old Covenant, the High Priest was instructed to wear bells on his robe. According to Jewish tradition, the High Priest would enter the Most Holy Place once per year to minister to God. If he made one single mistake in God’s presence – if he messed up even once – he would drop dead. If the other priests no longer heard the ringing of bells as the High Priest moved, they would know he was dead, and would pull him out of God’s presence using a rope tied around his waist.

Under our New Covenant of grace through Jesus Christ, the pressure is off! Instead of tip-toeing in God’s presence, Scripture now exhorts us to, “…come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4:16). Whereas Old Testament priests had to approach God with fear and trembling, we get to approach Him with advance assurance that we will be welcomed into His presence with open arms.

Thank God that because of the Cross, we no longer have to worry about messing up or making mistakes in His presence!


Father, thank You for our New Covenant of grace! I know I will no longer be held to a standard of perfection, but to a standard of grace. Jesus was perfect because You knew I never could be. He served as my Sacrifice, so that I can serve You without fear.

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