Keeping Close to Jesus
“When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. 4 Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about two thousand cubits between you and the ark; do not go near it.” Joshua 3:3-4
A remarkable thing happens at Jesus’ birth – the world comes to see. And not just see, but to have and to hold. In ancient times, all things holy were kept at a distance. Everyone except the priests and the Levites had to stay two thousand cubits (about three thousand feet) from the ark of the covenant of the Lord. It was the place where God’s Spirit dwelled, holy, sacred, set apart. In those times, God spoke directly to Moses, but no others.
But then Christ came to the people. All the old rules of keeping distance between God and humankind were broken.
A hymn we sing that always takes my breath away contains the refrain: taste and see, the Lord is good. On it surface it makes no sense. God accessible. Good with evil. The perfect in the midst of the flawed. But he has come to show us a new way, a way of forgiveness and life. We are invited to draw near to him. He promises to draw near to us.
~Pastor Mike Middaugh