Some time ago I had a dream, a vision of sorts. Only, I didn’t realize it until some time later. With the dream being so vivid, I truly believed it to be a Bible story. When I told a friend of mine the story, I told him that I would find the passage in the Bible so he could read it for himself. I was surprised to find that there is no such story! Lost, I went to my pastor and former youth pastor to ask them if they have heard of such a story. They had not. Following is the dream that I had, for what I can recall, I regret not writing it down at once.
I saw a grand temple, with a great number of people gathered there. The High priest of Israel was there accompanied by the Sadducees and pharisees. They were preparing to enter the temple to perform a ritual to atone for the sins of Israel. In order to enter undefiled, the High priest began to take multiple bathes. (I am uncertain of the number, I am going to assume twelve for each tribe.) After each bath, the wash tub made of gold was drained and washed out to prep for the next bath. The High Priest would say a prayer between each one while a white sheet was held up to cover him. After the bathing and prayers had come to a conclusion, the High priest entered the temple.
Nearing the altar, a flash of light swept the room and the priest found himself covered in vomit. Crying aloud he ran out from the temple. From the Heavens a voice called out. (my memory fails me, but I know the jist.) “You approach being physically clean, yet your heart is as repulsive as vomit.” Upon this I awoke.
The lesson I got from it and told to my friend, is that it does not matter how a person may appear. Even the most seemingly holy of people are not worthy before God, one must be covered by the Holy Spirit in order to be near God. By this, our hearts are made pure through Christ and not on our own merit. Our merit is like vomit before God, useless.
After He called the crowd to Him again, He began saying to them, “Listen to Me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside the man which can defile him if it goes into him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” Mark 7:14-16