A sanctuary has 3 parts. I know what the courtyard stands for. Can someone tell me what the "holy place" and "most holy place" mean?
I'm almost done with a religion paper. I'd like the answer in your own words please.
The "Holy Place" in the tabernacle, as I understand it, is the first room in the tent. This room (in addition to housing the menorah, the table of showbread and the golden alter of incense) houses the "Holy of Holies" or the "Most Holy Place."
The Holy of Holies is just like its name suggests. It is the most holy place, or the place where the very presence of God could (and as some churches still believe, can) be found. Because it is so holy, only priests could enter the Holy of Holies, just as traditionally, only priests could intercede and speak to God on behalf of the people. Traditionally, they would wear a rope tied to their ankle and bell. If the bell stopped ringing, it would be assumed that something happened to the priest, and he would be dragged out by the rope.
When Christ died on the cross, the gospels say the "veil" was torn in two from top to bottom. This veil is what separates the Holy of Holies from the rest of the Holy Place. The tearing of it, from TOP to bottom then, symbolizes the Christian belief that Christ's death and resurrection was the moment that God allowed all to come to him, not just priests.