Today you should read: Hebrews 9:1-10
Hebrews 9 gives us a brief description of worship regulations and how God forgave sin under the first covenant. To read a more in depth description of this process take some time to read Exodus chapters 25-30 today. God instructed His people to build a tabernacle. This tabernacle was made up two distinct areas, or rooms. An outer room called “the Holy Place.” This room was entered into regularly by the priests to carry out their ministry (v.6). As well as an inner room called “the Most Holy Place.” This room was separated from the outer room by a large curtain (Exodus 26:31-33) and was only entered one time per year by the High Priest who made an offering of atonement for his sins and the sins of the people of Israel.
One important detail that I want to bring out today from this passage comes from verse 7. The writer of Hebrews tells us that the High Priest only entered the Most Holy Place once per year, and never without blood. In this case it was the blood of a lamb or another animal without blemish or defect. Tomorrow as we read on in chapter 9 we will see that the shedding of blood is required by God for the forgiveness of sins (v.22). The blood was sprinkled on the atonement cover of the Ark of the Covenant and the sins of the people were forgiven. But, this was only a temporary forgiveness through an insufficient sacrifice in a tabernacle made by man.
So, how does that apply to us today? Under the new covenant which Jesus established, He is a more perfect tabernacle than the one built by the Israelites in the OT. Jesus is a more perfect High Priest than the one who entered the Most Holy Place once per year to make atonement for the sins of the people. Jesus’ blood is sufficient to cleanse us from ALL our sins and unrighteousness, once and for all, not just temporarily like the animal sacrifices in the first covenant system. In short, Jesus is everything we need to be made right with God and live a Godly life. Because of His sacrifice and resurrection we can boldly come before God knowing that our High Priest (Jesus) has made atonement for our sins and has redeemed us back and made us righteous in God’s sight.
Spend some time today and praise Jesus for His blood that was shed for you. Praise Him for the new covenant through Christ which provided grace upon grace for everyone who would place their faith in Jesus.
Posted by: Matt Mofield