DAY 2: The East-West Continuum
“Kedem,” said the teacher. “It’s Hebrew for east, a most critical direction.”
“Why?” I asked.
“The Temple of Jerusalem was built according to the kedem. The altar of the sacrifice was at its easternmost end. The holy of holies was at its westernmost end. So everything that took place in the Temple took place on an east-west continuum.”
“But why is that more significant than a north-south continuum?”
“Because,” said the teacher, “the earth has a north pole and a south pole, but no east or west pole.”
“I still don’t understand.”
“All north comes to an end at the North Pole. And all south ends at the South Pole,” he said. “But east and west have no poles. In fact, the Hebrew word for the east, kedem, also means everlasting. So in Messiah, how far does God remove your sins from you? An infinity away…an eternity away. As it is written, ‘So far has He removed our sins away from us…as far as the east is from the west.’”
The Mission: Today, take time to ponder and take in the love of God that removed your sins as far as the east is from the west—and live accordingly.