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1 Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. 2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. 3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; 4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; 5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly. 6 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. 7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: 8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: 9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; 10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. 11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. 16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. 18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. 19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, 20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. 21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. 22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. 23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: 25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

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1 Sarah R = "See the description of the tabernacle in Exodus 25 - 27."
2 Sarah R = "What good were sacrifices that didn't clear the worshiper's conscience? The Old Testament sacrifices had value, even though they could not permanently relieve a person's conscience. First, the loss of life and blood pointed to the awful consequences of sin. Second, the sacrifices underscored the holiness and justice of God. Finally, the sacrifices affirmed the worshiper's faith in the true God. The Israelite's sacrifices helped set them apart from their pagan neighbors as God's people.- Quest Study Bible note for Hebrews 9:9."
3 Sarah R = "Or until the new covenant was established, that is, Jesus becoming the ultimate sacrifice for sins. Now under the new covenant there is no more need for the sacrifices and rituals of the old."
4 Sarah R = "The greater and more perfect tabernacle refers to Heaven, the dwelling place of God."
5 Sarah R = ""Every year on the Day of Atonement, the high priest would don his priestly garb and enter the most holy place in the temple. His task was profound, his duty dangerous: he must appear before God carrying the sins of his people. All the sins of Israel were concentrated in him as he carried the blood of the sacrifice into the divine presence. But there was another day, a Day of Atonement unlike any other, when Jesus concentrated in Himself the sins of the world, hanging on a cross not far from the temple’s holiest chamber. Indeed, for a time, He became sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). But unlike the high priest, the crucified and risen Jesus entered the true temple of heaven and was ushered into the divine presence. At that moment, everything changed."- The Voice Bible Note for Hebrews 9"
6 Sarah Mangum = ""
7 Sarah R = "This verse in the New International Version: "For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant."The first covenant of the Old Testament showed us what sin is, God's holiness, and God's requirements from us for Holy living. It showed us that we cannot reach Holy living on our own, and so have to have atonement or sacrifice to cover our sins. The old covenant sacrifices were foreshadowing the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus would give by giving up His own life, so that by His blood all sin would be covered. Those who are called are those who believe in Jesus for the forgiveness of sin, and they shall receive an eternal inheritance of life forever with God."
8 Sarah R = "Think of "testament" in the next few verses as the "last will and testament". In order for a will to take effect, the person must die."
9 Sarah R = "A quote from Exodus 24:8."
10 Sarah R = ""“Why did God plan to have blood as the solution for mankind’s woeful and condemned condition?”  Could not of God have come up with some other type of solution?  The answer must be no; the only solution was a blood sacrifice (Hebrews 9:22).  Here’s why.  When Adam and Eve sinned the judgment was that their life would be taken from them.  Once they sinned they were instantly dead.  Yes, it would take years before they physically died, but spiritually they were instantly cut off from a right relationship with God.  They died the moment they sinned.  This is an important to meditate on.  Sin took our life!  For the wages of sin, the Bible says, is death (Romans 6:23).  Sin is so awful and so defiant toward a holy God that the only and just action that He could take was to give the guilty sinner death!  So what is the remedy?  How can a person deserving of death ever get life?  The only possible solution is that someone would need to give their life in the place of the guilty sinner.  Someone would need to pay the judgment of death on behalf of the condemned sinner.  But who would qualify?  A sinner cannot pay with his life for the sin of another sinner; he must receive the death penalty for his own sin.  The only person who would qualify to give His life on behalf of sinners was the perfect Son of God, Jesus.  This now brings us to our question; “Why blood?”  Could not Jesus have died simply by lethal injection, hanging, the electric chair, a shooting squad, or even stoning?  Here is why I believe that God chose for Jesus to die the way He did.  Blood is not only the symbol of life, it is life; it is what keeps a person alive.  Blood is messy.  Blood is respected and feared.  Blood is not something that people take lightly.  God wanted us to understand the severity and graveness of our sin and the cost of what it would take to redeem us (buy us back) from our sinful state.  He wanted us to know that sin’s nature is so depraved that the only way to bring us back to a place of life was for Christ to suffer the most bloody, the most excruciating, the most graphic death we could think of so that we never lose sight of the wonder of the cross.  Blood was in the mind of God as the perfect way to display the supreme cost and infinite value of our salvation!"- "Blood and the Mind of God", City Light Church blog post, http://www.citylightchurchwb.org/blog/post/blood-and-the-mind-of-god--leviticus-17:11-"
11 Sarah R = "These verses show Jesus' ministry as our high priest in the past, present and future. The past, verse 26, He was the sacrifice for sins on the cross. The present, verse 24, He is in the presence of God mediating for us. The future, verse 28, He will return to claim those who have put their faith in Him."