Hebrews Chapter 9

1 Now the first [covenant] indeed had regulations of worship and the earthly set-apart place.

Right away I remind everyone (even myself) that Sha’ul is talking about the PRIESTHOOD, not the covenant. As anyone can plainly see – covenant WAS NOT in the original text – but was ADDED. That is why it is in italics!! So let us read it as it was written: now the first indeed had regulations of worship and the earthly set-apart place.

What had regulations of worship? The priesthood!

What had the earthly set-apart place? The priesthood and called out assembly. And then Shaul goes on to describe more of the earthly, made with hands, tabernacle.

2 For a Tent was prepared: the first part, in which was the lampstand, and the table, and the showbread, which is called the Set-apart Place.

3 And after the second veil, the part of the Tent which is called Most Set-apart,

4 to which belonged the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which were the golden pot that held the manna, and the rod of Aharon that budded, and the tablets of the covenant,

5 and above it the kerubim of esteem were overshadowing the place of atonement – about which we do not now speak in detail.

6 And these having been prepared like this, the priests always went into the first part of the Tent, accomplishing the services.

The set apart place was entered into by the priests daily for themselves and the people, to fulfill the instructions of our Father. Has anything changed for today or should anything have changed for us today?

Let’s read some verses concerning this from the Messianic Writings.                                                             Acts 3:2 “And a certain man, lame from his birth, was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the Set-apart Place which is called Yaphah (Beautiful or Lovely), to ask alms from those entering into the Set-apart Place.                                                                                                                                        Acts 5:42 “And daily in the Set-apart Place, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and bringing the Good News: Yahusha the Messiah!”                                                                                                  Acts 17:11 “Now these (Beroia) were more nobel than those in Thessalonike, who received the word with great eagerness, and searched the Scriptures daily, if these [words] were so.

We can liken the set apart place of the tent, as our inner man (person) where we are to daily light our spirit with Messiah to keep our lamps burning. The table of showbread – the nourishment of His Word daily to keep us on the right path.

7 But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for sins of ignorance of the people,

Here is a reading from the Torah concerning sins of ignorance and the loving instruction given on how to deal with this type of sin or missing the mark – which is ONLY shown to us by His Torah (Instructions and Guidance).

Numbers 15:15-28 “One law is for you of the assembly and for the stranger who sojourns with you – a law forever throughout your generations As you are, so is the stranger before YaHUaH. One Torah and one right-ruling is for you and for the stranger who sojourns with you. And YaHUaH spoke to Mosheh, saying, “Speak to the children of Yisra’el, and say to them,’When you come into the land to which I bring you, then it shall be, when you eat of the bread of the land, that you present a contribution to YaHUaH. Present a cake of the first of your dough as a contribution – as a contribution of the threshing-floor you present it. Of the first of your dough you are to give to YaHUaH a contribution throughout your generations. And when you sin by mistake, and do not do all these command which YaHUaH has spoken to Mosheh, all that YaHUaH has commanded you by the hand of Mosheh, from the day YaHUaH gave command and onward throughout your generations, then it shall be, if it is done by mistake, without the knowledge of the congregation, that all the congregation shall prepare one young bull as a burnt offering, as a sweet fragrance to YaHUaH, with its grain offering and its drink offering, according to the right-ruling, and one male goat as a sin offering. Then the priest shall make atonement for all the congregation of the children of Yisra’el, and it shall be forgiven them, for it was by mistake. And they shall bring their offering, an offering made by fire to YaHUaH, and their sin offering before YaHUaH, for their mistake. And it shall be forgiven all the congregation of the children of Yisra’el and the stranger who sojourns in their midst, because all the people did it bymistake. And if a being sins by mistake, then he shall bring a female goat a year old as a sin offering. And the priest shall make atonement for the being who strays by mistake, when he sins by mistake before YaHUaH, to make atonement for him, and it shall be forgiven him.

8 the Set-apart Spirit signifying this, that the way into the Most Set-apart Place was not yet made manifest while the first Tent has a standing,

I am reminded here that the sons of Israel and the mixed multitude at this time knew that what they were doing, how they were doing it, and when they were doing it – was a pattern of that which was in heaven! Father had already given the pattern to Mosheh and Mosheh gave the pattern to the assembly. So much of what they were doing, they were doing through faith and faith alone. They were doing it – because Father said to do it. The first part of the tent (the Set-apart place) was entered daily by the priests. They went in and they went out, taking care of the lighting of the menorah, the table of shewbread, the incense. But this Most Set-apart Place, they knew was different because the of “special” instructions that went along with being able to ‘enter into it.’ A perfect ‘mystery’ of the gift The Messiah!

9 which was a parable for the present time in which both gifts and slaughters are offered which are unable to perfect the one serving, as to his conscience,

“….. as to his conscience,” why does Shaul separate out these specific words? We will see below in the next verse that he will explain that much of the rituals that the mediators (earthly priests) went through for service, were to obtain cleansing/sanctification of the “bodies” —- the vessels for service. The administration and administrators were pictures of what is in the heavens, the throne room and the tabernacle.

10 only as to foods and drinks, and different washings, and fleshly regulations imposed until a time of setting [matters] straight.

In the wilderness tabernacle and thereafter – a teaching and picture HAD to be accomplished. The teachings, doings, and pictures had to answer questions like: who is YaHUaH? what is He like? What does He require of us? What does He consider unrighteousness? What does He call clean or unclean? What is His heart? These teachings and pictures rested upon the shoulders of the priests until the occasion of restoration of the true heavenly picture of Messiah as High Priest would come to pass. The entire NATION were to be priests if we remember, but transgression happened.

11 But Messiah, having become a High Priest of the coming good [matters], through the greater and more perfect Tent not made with hands, that is, not of this creation,

12 entered into the Most Set-apart Place once for all, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood, having obtained everlasting redemption.

13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the defiled, sets apart for the cleansing of the flesh,

Clearly, Sha’ul re-affirms the necessity of the Instructions from YaHUaH concerning the requirement of cleansing of our flesh in verse 13. The blood of bulls and goats, the ashes of the red heifer, sprinkling of the ashes mixed with water onto those who had been in contact with the dead DID cleanse the flesh. These instructions were given by our Creator and He declared that they DID cleanse us, so that we could approach Him and not be destroyed by His Holiness.

14 how much more shall the blood of the Messiah, who through the everlasting Spirit offered Himself unblemished to Elohim, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living Elohim?

“Renewing of the mind…….”

15 And because of this He is the Mediator of a renewed covenant, so that, death having taken place for redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, those who are called might receive the promise of the everlasting inheritance.

Clearly we see that the Aharonic and Levitical Priesthood were mediating THE covenant between Yahuah and us in all the earthly vessels as instructed through Mosheh, and Messiah is mediating THE covenant, THE SAME COVENANT that is now in fleshly vessels!

16 For where a covenant is, it is necessary for the death of the covenanted one to be established.

17 For a covenant over those dead is firm, since it is never valid while the covenanted one is living.

Beloved, this is why it is a “Blood” Covenant.

18 Therefore not even the first [covenant] **remember, we are still talking about the priesthood or type of mediation here, don’t get fooled*** was instituted without blood.

19 For when, according to Torah, every command had been spoken by Mosheh to all the people, he took the blood of calves and 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 Elohim commanded you.”

21 And in the same way he sprinkled with blood both the Tent and all the vessels of the service.

22 And, according to the Torah, almost all is cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

23 It was necessary, then, that the copies of the heavenly ones should be cleansed with these, but the heavenly ones themselves with better slaughter [offerings] than these.

24 For Messiah has not entered into a Set-apart Place made by hand – figures of the true – but into the heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of Elohim on our behalf,

25 not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters into the Set-apart Place year by year with blood not his own.

Yom HaKippurim, Day of Atonement or Coverings. We are privileged to rehearse this day each and every year according to the instructions given to us by YaHUaH in Leviticus chapter 23. It is a rehearsal to prepare us for a very, very important time and day coming to us in the future. I implore anyone reading this work to obey the instruction and be blessed. In doing this – you will be ready for your deliverance when our Messiah comes.

26 For if so, He would have had to suffer often, since the foundation of the world. But now He has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the offering of Himself.

27 And as it awaits men to die once, and after this the judgment,

28 so also the Messiah, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, shall appear a second time, apart from sin, to those waiting for Him, unto deliverance.