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Heb. 9:18-22

18 Whereupon [hothen] neither [oude] the first [protos] testament was dedicated [egkainizo] without [choris] blood [haima].
19 For [gar] when [hupo] Moses [Moseus] had spoken [laleo] every [pas] precept [entole] to all [pas] the people [laos] according [kata] to the law [nomos], he took [lambano] the blood [haima] of calves [moschos] and [kai] of goats [tragos], with [meta] water [hudor], and [kai] scarlet [kokkinos] wool [erion], and [kai] hyssop [hussopos], and sprinkled [rhantizo] both [te] the book [biblion] [autos], and [kai] all [pas] the people [laos],
20 Saying [lego], This [touto] is the blood [haima] of the testament [diatheke] which [hos] God [theos] hath enjoined [entellomai] unto [pros] you [humas].
21 Moreover [de] [homoios] he sprinkled [rhantizo] with blood [haima] both [kai] the tabernacle [skene], and [kai] all [pas] the vessels [skeuos] of the ministry [leitourgia].
22 And [kai] almost [schedon] all things [pas] are [katharizo] by [kata] the law [nomos] purged [katharizo] with [en] blood [haima]; and [kai] without [choris] shedding of blood [haimatekchusia] is [ginomai] no [ou] remission [aphesis]. KJV-Interlinear

18 Therefore even the first covenant was not inaugurated without blood. 19 For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses to all the people according to the Law, he took the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 20 saying, 'This is the blood of the covenant which God commanded you.' 21 And in the same way he sprinkled both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry with the blood. 22 And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. NASB

Now we have a question. Which came into existence first in the world, the Tabernacle or the sacrifice?

The sacrifice came first. Without the sacrifice there would be no relationship with God. And without a relationship there would be no place for that relationship to take place.

When Moses offered the commandments from God to the people, he did so through the blood of the sacrifice. This all occurred before the tabernacle was first constructed.

Ex. 24:6-8
6 And Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and the other half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar. 7 Then he took the book of the covenant and read it in the hearing of the people; and they said, 'All that the LORD has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient!' 8 So Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, and said, 'Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.' NASB

There is no inheritance without the death of the one writing the will. The blood of the animal sacrifice is symbolic of death. Death is symbolic of the payment demanded for sin.

When a person sins, then they have failed perfection. Once failed, and because God cannot have any relationship with sin, then that sin and the one who sinned must be obliterated from existence. Justice is then satisfied. But being obliterated from existence does us no good if we cannot recover from that condition and continue in life. Since we do not have that ability, then we need someone else to substitute for us.

It is not our life which must be paid for, but the sin which we allowed to enter into our life. So it is the sin which must be obliterated not ourselves per se. Therefore we qualify for a substitute to take care of our sins for us.

God set up a set of symbols to teach this lesson. We call that the Levitical Priesthood. God gave us a covenant for the symbols to last during the life of those symbols. Then God gave us the real deal - the real savior to which all of the Priesthood pointed in its function.

Just as the Law of Moses (which we in general refer to as the Levitical Priesthood) was cleansed with blood, so to, the sacrifice of Christ was cleansed with blood. And it is not the literal blood which is in view here, but the death which serves as the cleansing agent. If blood was all that was required then the animals and Christ would not have needed to die. But they all died. Their death is the point of the salvation principle, not their bleeding.

In fact Christ did not bleed to death. He completed His work on the Cross and then exhaled His own life out of His body. His work was completed during those three hours on the Cross between the hours of noon and three p.m. During that time, He was very much alive, but spiritually separated from God, as He received punishment for all of mankind's sins. Once His work was completed then He said His last few words and departed from this life.

So, here again we now have two views as to why the sacrifice was needed. First, was the will concept. No death, no inheritance. Second, the justice concept, again, no death, no payment of sin.

All of the Jews of Jesus' time followed the rituals, but lost sight of their meaning.

If all one had to do was follow some regulations for life - to be good, to be honest, to be a nice person, to be sincere, then death would not be relevant. But being nice and honest and so forth are mans efforts, not Gods. And man is incapable of being good anyway. That is a myth.

Without Gods word, there is no standard for determining what is good and what is not. Without Gods word, then people would make up their own rules. And history is full of the atrocities and self righteous acts that have come from that. The only reason that we even have a human history is because of the restraining ministry of the Holy Spirit placing Gods word into our daily lives, or into some semblance of influence in the world.

The big dramatic difference will come immediately after the Rapture when the Holy Spirits restraining ministry is removed from he world. The world would fail almost immediately, and would, were it not for another restraint which Christ will impose on the world.

Rev. 7:1
1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, NASB

Jesus Christ controls history. The winds of heaven represent His control of history.

The sprinkling of the articles of the Tabernacle represents the covering they received cleansing them from sin. The sprinkling of blood represents the covering or atonement as sin is covered over and removed permanently from view. The forgiveness mentioned in our passage means atonement.

Something has to cover the sin in order to remove it from the life. The covering is also the burial of something that is dead and sin is dead and must be buried.

All dead things must be buried otherwise they will rot, stink, and continue to promote even more deterioration around them. And again it is Moses who documents this principle.

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