The East-West Continuum
Now some of you may already know what I am going to share about the devotional I am reading. It has a bible mystery a day and explains the meaning. I like it because although you may understand the mystery or think you do, there may be another layer of revelation and that makes it exciting to read. I have not completed reading the book but cannot wait to share what I am learning. I will post one each Thursday. Then I will tell you the author and the book so you can buy it if you are interested in learning more.
Did you ever wonder why The Temple of Jerusalem was built according to the kedem? (Hebrew word for east) The Temple had to face to the East. The altar of the sacrifice was located at the most Eastern end. The Holy of Holies was at the most Western end. Everything that took place in the Temple took place on an east-west continuum. On Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year, where the high priest would offer up the sacrifice in the east, and then sprinkle the blood on the ark of the covenant in the west.
Does this remind you of a certain scripture? Why is that significant? The earth is a sphere and it turns on its axis on an east-west continuum. Therefore, there is a North Pole and South Pole. Since there are two poles, the distance is limited. If the Temple had been built on a north-south continuum, then the sin would have been removed only a few thousand miles from the sinner. How far is the east from the west? East and West have no poles, they never end, they go on forever, and in Hebrew the word kedem, also means everlasting.
To me this is a WOW, no one back then knew the earth was a sphere but God did. This High Holy Day was a shadow of the atonement of Messiah, our salvation. How far does God remove our sin? As far as the east is from the west. Not only is the Word of God poetic in language and meaning but it is always Truth.
Take time to ponder the love of God who took away your sin as far as the east is from the west.
What do you think about that?