Tuesday, October 26, 2021
6-10 After this was set up, the priests went about their duties in the large tent. Only the high priest entered the smaller, inside tent, and then only once a year, offering a blood sacrifice for his own sins and the people’s accumulated sins. This was the Holy Spirit’s way of showing with a visible parable that as long as the large tent stands, people can’t just walk in on God. Under this system, the gifts and sacrifices can’t really get to the heart of the matter, can’t assuage the people’s conscience, but are limited to the issues of ritual and behavior. It’s essentially a temporary arrangement until a complete overhaul could be made.
-Hebrews 9:6-10 The Message
Verse 6: Now when these things have been so prepared, the priests are continually entering the outer tabernacle, performing the divine worship, Verse 7: but into the second, only the high priest enters once a year, not without taking blood which he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance.
Verse 8: The Holy Spirit signifies that the way into the holy place has not yet been disclosed while the outer tabernacle is still standing,
Verse 9: which is a symbol for the present time. Accordingly, both gifts and sacrifices are offered, which cannot make the worshiper perfect in conscience,
Verse 10: since they relate only to food and drink. Various washings, regulations for the body were imposed until a time of reformation.
Verses 6-8 studies: The holy of holies was a small room that contained the ark of the covenant, which is a gold-covered chest where the original stone tablets that the Ten Commandments were written on, a jar of manna, and Aaron’s staff. The top of the chest serves as the “atonement cover.” The blood would be sprinkled by the high priest on the day of atonement. The holy of holies is the most sacred spot on earth for the Jews. The high priests were the only ones permitted in the room. No common people. At that time, the only access to God was through the high priest. The priest would offer a sacrifice and use animal’s blood to atone first for his sins and then the people’s sins.
Verse 10 study: Until God’s new better way of the Old Testament dietary laws and ceremonial cleansing laws, the people had to wait for Christ to allow a new better way.
Father, if anybody didn’t grasp the importance of the holy of holies, now we know why it is so essential and why Jesus’ death meant so much to have access to you without having to go through priests. Thank you for being the best mastermind behind our success to and through you. In Jesus’ name. Amen!