Tozer Devotional

Mon, July 04, 2022

The Significance of the Torn Curtain

The priesthood, the priests, the old covenants, the altars, the sacrifices—all that had been involved in the Old Testament system of law—was done away with. God had eliminated it as useless, powerless, without authority. In its place He instituted a new Sacrifice, the Lamb of God, the eternal Son, Jesus Christ. God instituted as well a new and efficacious altar, this one eternal in the heavens, where Jesus lives to intercede for God’s believing children.

When the Temple veil was torn top to bottom, tradition has it that the Levitical priests determined they must repair that long-sacred partition. And they did. They sewed it together as best they could. Not understanding that God had decreed a new order, they took the earthly view by trying to continue the old system of sacrifices.


With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. Mark 15:37–38


The holy of holies which represented the presence of God could be entered by the high priest only once a year. The tearing of the curtain that shielded that holy place marks the abolition of the old system and the institution of the new. Now through our High Priest there is alwaysdirect access into the very presence of God!


Father, thank You. In Christ I have an eternal priest, a one-time sacrifice forever effectual and direct access into Your presence!

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A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.

bookHis books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the Jesus, Our Man in Glory Chapter 9 - Jesus, Like unto Melchizedek


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