Then he brought me into the sanctuary [fn1] and measured the doorposts, six cubits wide on one side and six cubits wide on the other side—the width of the tabernacle. 2 The width of the entryway was ten cubits, and the side walls of the entrance were five cubits on this side and five cubits on the other side; and he measured its length, forty cubits, and its width, twenty cubits.
3 Also he went inside and measured the doorposts, two cubits; and the entrance, six cubits high; and the width of the entrance, seven cubits. 4 He measured the length, twenty cubits; and the width, twenty cubits, beyond the sanctuary; and he said to me, “This is the Most Holy Place.”
Definitions given for sanctuary are as follows taken from Merriam Webster:
: a consecrated place: as
a: the ancient Hebrew temple at Jerusalem or its holy of holies
b (1): the most sacred part of a religious building (as the part of a Christian church in which the altar is placed) (2): the room in which general worship services are held (3): a place (as a church or a temple) for worship
a (1): a place of refuge and protection (2): a refuge for wildlife where predators are controlled and hunting is illegal
b: the immunity from law attached to a sanctuary
A consecrated place would be a place set aside for a specified use. It is defined also as a safe place, a place to rest in safety. What is noted about this description is the difference in entrances. The closer we get to the inner place, the place called Most Holy, the narrower the entrance. We cannot enter carrying a lot of ‘stuff’ but must leave all but ourselves outside. In this place we meet with the Holy One and there is no room for any other or anything else. What a picture! We cannot hold on to anything we feel ‘we can’t live without’ because it gets in the way of our relationship with the Lord. We can live without it because He is our life. He is all we need.