Hebrews Chapter 9

Hebrews 9:1-3 Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the showbread; which is called the sanctuary. And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all;

These first few verses discuss the furnishings of the tabernacle / temple.

Pay careful attention to the word "Censer" in verse 4.

Hebrews 9:4 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; (KJV)

The word in the Greek is "Thumiaterion" a vessel for burning incense. Censer is the proper translation.

Several Bible translations translate this as "altar of incense". This is not correct. First we all know that the only piece of furniture in the "Holy of Holies" was the "Ark of the covenant" with the "Mercy Seat". Secondly, the word that is used in the Greek for the "Alter of Incense" is "Thusiasterion" (See Luke 1:11).

Sometimes it is necessary to look at the Greek for the B'rit Hadashah or the Hebrew for the Tanakh to get to the proper meaning of a word.

Hebrews 9:5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.

We did discuss these things in detail in our Tabernacle Study.

Hebrews 9:6 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of G-d.

This is referring to the daily responsibilities of the priests.

Hebrews 9:7 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:

This is referring to Yom Kippur the only day the High Priest was permitted to enter the "Holy of Holies"

See our lesson on Yom Kippur for more information.

Hebrews 9:8-9 Ruach HaKodesh (The Holy Spirit) is signifying this, that the way into the holy place has not yet been disclosed, while the outer tabernacle is still standing, which is a symbol for the present time. Accordingly both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make the worshiper perfect in conscience,

These offerings did not take away sin. They were symbolic. They did not make the offerer perfect.

Hebrews 9:10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

They were an illustration for the present time and notable to clear the conscience of the worshiper. These were only external until the new order.

Hebrews 9:11 But Messiah (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;

When Yeshua became the High Priest:

Hebrews 9:12 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.

Important - He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves, but entered the most Holy Place for all by His own blood having obtained eternal redemption. Difference from outwardly clean to inwardly clean.

New Covenant - recently slain blood of Yeshua

Not goats, bulls (or chickens). He died as ransom for all.

Hebrews 9:13-15 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: How much more shall the blood of Messiah (Christ), who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to G-d, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living G-d? And for this cause He is the mediator of the New Covenant, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first Covenant, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

No longer any point in returning to the offering system for forgiveness of sin because Yeshua has become our final, perfect, atonement. (We will return to this system during the reign of Yeshua on earth; HOWEVER, Only as a memorial and to tell us how awful sin was.)

Hebrews 9:16-21 In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living. Whereupon neither the first covenant was dedicated without blood. 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, Saying, This is the blood of the covenant which G-d hath enjoined unto you. Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.

This B'rit Hadashah (New Covenant) came in force just as "a will" becomes in force when someone has died. (After His death, the veil was torn in two representing all can come to the throne or mercy seat; Mark 15:38)

The First Covenant was dedicated with blood. So too the B'rit Hadashah (New Covenant) was ratified with the blood of Yeshua.

Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

Hebrews 9:23 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.

This is why the first things were copies of the heavenly things with a better sacrifice.

Hebrews 9:24 For Messiah (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 G-d for us:

Yeshua did not enter the man-made sanctuary that was only a copy. He entered the one in heaven.

Hebrews 9:25-26 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 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.

HE ONLY HAD TO ENTER ONCE! Unlike the Levitical High Priest who had to repeat the sacrifice yearly. Yeshua only had to die once for our sins.

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: (KJV)

Someday you will stand before G-d in judgment if you reject Yeshua as your Mashiach. Friends, don't let this happen to you.

He will appear again, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those that are waiting for him.

Isaiah declared YHWH would become our Messiah, Savior, and Redeemer. (Isa. 43:10; 45:15; 60:16 Also Hos. 13:4; Ps 19:14, 78:35