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Heb. 9:6-7

6 Now [de] when these things [touton] were [kataskeuazo] thus [houto] ordained [kataskeuazo], the priests [hiereus] went [eiseimi] always [diapantos] into [eis] [men] the first [protos] tabernacle [skene], accomplishing [epiteleo] the service [latreia] of God.
7 But [de] into [eis] the second [deuteros] went the high priest [archiereus] alone [monos] once [hapax] every year [eniautos], not [ou] without [choris] blood [haima], which [hos] he offered [prosphero] for [huper] himself [heautou], and [kai] for the errors [agnoema] of the people [laos]: KJV-Interlinear

6 Now when these things have been thus prepared, the priests are continually entering the outer tabernacle, performing the divine worship, 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. NASB

In the tabernacle, daily services were held by the priests. They had to trim the wicks, keep the oil filled, keep the candle fires burning, place and replace the twelve loaves of bread weekly, add coals to the alter of incense and keep incense burning on that alter.

Priests were continually coming and going day in and day out twenty-four hours a day year round. The work never ceased. The work was never interrupted.

This is a picture of what our spiritual life should be. Of course all of us are human and we all have our flaws. We get ourselves out of fellowship and we have to confess our sins on a regular basis in order to get back into fellowship.

This picture is also a portrait of Christ's work while He is in heaven. He is constantly interceding for us before God. With so many people and because we are all out of fellowship at one time or another, and we all pray to God, Christ is constantly busy receiving our correspondence and advancing it to the Father.

Note, that all prayer and all interaction to God (the Father) goes through the Messiah (Jesus Christ). God will not acknowledge anything that does not go through Christ. The light of truth resides in the outer room, the Holy Place, the table of bread (Bible doctrine) resides inside of the outer room, the Holy Place, the prayers (alter of incense) reside inside the outer room, the Holy Place. That is the place of the spiritual life (in fellowship).

No spiritual activity takes place while one is out of fellowship - outside of the Holy Place. This room is of course figurative, representing our spiritual residence in Gods plan.

These activities have to be performed continually.

Now during the course of the year, people commit sins and they forget about them. Thus on one day of the year, there is a special offering for forgotten or unknown sins. That occurs on the Day of Atonement (today it is called Yom Kippur).

Whenever a person sins, his communion with God is broken. Thus the need for confession in order to restore ones relationship with God. Known sins have specific offerings for them and those offerings are conducted on a daily basis throughout the year.

The unknown sins are offered in an offering once per year on the Day of Atonement. The Day of Atonement was intended to make sacrifice for forgiveness for all those sins that had not yet been covered. This is all detailed in Leviticus 16.

On this day, the High Priest has his normal daily duties of offering sacrifices and so forth. Then, when all of the daily routines are completed, the High Priest has to remove his robes which are pretty soiled by this time, by the blood of several sacrifices, and he has to wash himself thoroughly and then change into white linen clothing.

His removal of the robes of glory, together with the Ephod and breastplate represent the removal of Christ's glory as He descended into the body of humanity, in His humility. The High Priest put on white linen with no decoration, no ornaments in order to perform the sacrifices of atonement.

Dressed in the white linen, the High Priest took coals off the bronze altar, where the sacrifice was going to be made. He put the coals in a gold censer with incense and carried it into the Holy of Holies. This is a picture of Christ, interceding for His own before Gods presence. Then the High Priest went out and took a bull purchased with his own money, because it was to be offered for his own sin. After slaughtering the bull and offering the sacrifice, he had another priest assist him in catching the blood as it drained off. He carried the small bowl into the Holy of Holies, where he sprinkled it on the mercy seat. This sacrifice and offering was for himself. The High Priest had to be ceremonially clean in order to perform this sacrifice and offering, as well as the second sacrifice and offering.

Christ never sinned so He entered only once via the Cross.

When the High Priest came out, two goats were waiting for him by the bronze altar. In a small urn were two lots to determine which goat would be used for which purpose. One lot was marked for the Lord and the other for Azazel, for the scapegoat. As each lot was drawn it was tied to the horn of one of the goats.

The goat designated for Jehovah was then killed on the altar. Its blood was caught in the same way as that of the bull and was carried in a bowl into the Holy of Holies. This blood, too, was sprinkled on the mercy seat, but this time for the sins of the people.

He then placed his hands on the goat that remained, the scapegoat, symbolically placing the sins of the people on the goat's head. That goat was taken far out into the wilderness and turned loose, to be lost and never to return.

The first goat represented satisfaction of Gods justice, in that sin had been paid for. The second goat represented satisfaction of man's conscience, because he knew he was freed of the penalty of sin.

Christ, in His own death, paid for man's sin, thereby satisfying Gods justice, and He also carried our sins far from us, giving us peace of conscience and mind. He satisfied both God and man. The two goats actually are two parts of one offering, propitiation and forgiveness, two aspects of the one atoning sacrifice.

When the high priest was done with the sacrifice of atonement, he put the robes of glory back on, picturing the resurrection and restoration to glory of Christ.

John 17:5
5 'And now, glorify Thou Me together with Thyself, Father, with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was.' NASB

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