by Stan Coffey

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The Blood Atonement (13 of 14)
Stan Coffey
Hebrews 9:22
August 4, 2002

As you look at your outline Hebrews 9:22 says "In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood." Now we stop right there. He's talking about the Old Testament Law. In the book of Hebrews there is a contrast and a comparison between the Old Testament way and the New Testament way. The Old Testament, that is, God's old covenant, His covenant with Israel, and a contrast with the new covenant. Jesus said, "This is the new covenant in my blood shed for many for the remission of sin." God gave the old covenant as a foreshadowing of the new covenant. The Old Testament prophesies and the New Testament fulfills. And so the book of Hebrews shows the superiority of Christ to the Old Testament priesthood. It shows that while the Old Testament Laws were a shadow of things to come that the New Testament is so much better because it is the reality, it is the fulfillment of all that was foreshadowed in the Old Testament.

Now, when you read the Old Testament Laws in Exodus and Leviticus you'll find the emphasis placed there on blood, on the cleansing by blood. If you read about the tabernacle that God gave in the wilderness you'll read that there was the brazen altar and sacrifices had to be made on the brazen altar daily. These sacrifices were the shedding of blood for the forgiveness of sin. Then you read that one day every year, the Day of Atonement, the high priest would take the blood from a perfect lamb, he would enter into the Holy of Holies where only the high priest could enter, and that, only one day a year. He would present the blood of the spotless lamb upon the mercy seat on top of the Ark of the Covenant. There he would sprinkle the blood of the lamb. Inside the Ark of the Covenant were the tablets, the tablets of the ten commandments, the law that God gave to Moses which had been broken. The blood would be spri ...

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