Don’t let anger or offence disqualify you.
Don’t let hurt or despair have the last rites over you.
You stand in the presence of God so don’t tear your clothes and nullify your position.
Let me show you a couple of verses about the high priest who stood in the presence of God:
“‘The high priest, the one among his brothers who has had the anointing oil poured on his head and who has been ordained to wear the priestly garments, must not let his hair become unkempt or tear his clothes.” (Leviticus 21:10)
“Make the robe of the ephod entirely of blue cloth, with an opening for the head in its centre. There shall be a woven edge like a collar around this opening, so that it will not tear.” (Exodus 28:31-32)
Now let us read today’s verses of what Caiaphas did:
“Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?” “He is worthy of death,” they answered. Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him and said, “Prophesy to us, Messiah. Who hit you?” (Matthew 26 v 65-68)
The high priest knew what it was to stand in the presence of God. He had that experience. He was the only one in fact who knew it. To tear your clothes was to say it is over, this is too big even for God to solve. It was in fact to say I do not acknowledge the presence of the Almighty.
Even when He is standing right in front of you!
Because of Jesus we now have access to the presence of God. We are priests ourselves. There is absolutely no circumstance where we will ever need to say God is not able. The enemy of your soul longs for you to tear your clothes. He wants you offended, angry, in despair and void of hope. Do not do it. You stand in the presence of God. He is able. Do not negate your position or your identity and do not be blinded to the might of God.
When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.” (John 19:23-24)
The robe of the final and perfect High Priest was not torn.
He is able.