(1-10) The Earthly Holy Place
This Scripture passage describes the set up of the tabernacle and how the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place were arranged. The Holy Place held a lampstand, a table, and the bread of the Presence. The Most Holy Place held the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant in which was manna, Aaron’s staff, and the tablets of the covenant. Above the ark of the covenant was the mercy seat overshadowed by cherubim.
Priests would go into the Holy Place and perform ritual duties, but only the high priest could go into the Most Holy Place once a year and offer a blood sacrifice for his sins and the sins of others. This sacrifice was a symbol of the forgiveness Christ would offer for sins, but it could not actually take away sins.
(11-28) Redemption Through the Blood of Christ
When Jesus the Christ came to earth and was crucified on the cross, He entered once and for all into the holy places and He did not offer the blood of animals as the human priests before Him had done. He offered His own blood, and because of this He secured for us an eternal redemption. Only the righteous blood of Christ can permanently sanctify us from our sins, erase our blemishes, and purify our consciences to serve God.
The high priests had to enter again and again into the holy places to repeatedly offer sacrifices for their sins and the sins of others, but Christ does not have to come down from Heaven every year and repeatedly be crucified on a cross. He sacrificed Himself once and for all, and now appears in the presence of God on our behalf. The second time Christ appears, it will not be to die for sin, but to physically save those who have believed in Him.
Favorite verse: (12) He entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.