In capitals all around the world, men devise many means to encourage or impose even the most tenable of unities. Against these efforts are raised the schemes of still other clever men, attempting another new unity to replace the last. The church is to stand outside the circle of these efforts, preaching a gospel that displays a different kind of power.
"And often the more ostensibly spiritual and refined these thing are, the more potent and treacherous their lure. The modern man who seeks to save and perfect himself has a whole pantheon of ideals, each of them a veritable god sapping the vitals of his religion."
This short section serves as among the last admonitions of this epistle. It seeks the steadiness of faith, a faith which previous parts of the epistle so clearly describe and instruct as being essential to a man’s life before his Redeemer.
For all of the anxiety that the Israelites—people and priests alike—must have felt in those moments before the high priest entered the holy place on that day, there was most certainly also a kind of relief to everyone after he reappeared from the tabernacle. After all, it was not by his mere entrance into the second tabernacle that the priest obtained peace, but by the high priest’s reappearance from there.