A Note on Hebrews 4:14
The author of Hebrews is comparing the
Ascension of Jesus to the work of the Jewish High Priest on the
Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). On that day, the High Priest would
sacrifice an animal to pay for the sins of all of God's people.
He would then enter the Holy Place of the Jerusalem Temple and
pass through the curtains separating it from the Holy
of Holies. There he would present the sacrifice, pouring the
animal's blood on cover of the Ark of the Covenant, also known as
the Mercy Seat, obtaining from God forgiveness of the sins for
all the people. At His Ascension, Jesus passed through
the heavens to present the sacrifice of Himself before God's
Gracious Throne and sat down next to His right hand -- the
place of honor and authority.
This note was written by Rev. Robert E. Smith in 1994 for Project
Wittenberg and was placed by him in the public domain.
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Rev. Robert E. Smith
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