The Book of Hebrews Bible Study Chapter 9 Part 3

On to Hebrews 9:11-15

v11: High Priest: This should cause us to think about the Day of Atonement. 

  • Good things to come: Something even better than Atonement is emphasized here…The word ‘good’ always has to do with the perfect will of G-d. It was through Yeshua’ s High Priesthood that the will of G-d (i.e. Redemption), for the future, was brought about. 
  • A more perfect/complete tabernacle: This sanctuary that Messiah ministered in was not in Jerusalem. After he died upon the cross, and was resurrected, He went up into the temple not made with human hands, one that is not of this creation but is in the heavens. There He purchased for us eternal Redemption. 

v12: Once for all – In contrast to the priests, having to offer blood for sins on an ongoing basis, Messiah did it once and for all. He did not have to go in year after year. 

  • Having obtained (for us): We did not do it ourselves. He did it on our behalf.
  • Eternal redemption: The word “eternal” shows that our redemption is forever and cannot be altered or changed. Forever we are going to be the purchased possession of the Living G-d. The word used for redemption here is a word that alludes to freedom and liberty. In context – this is the liberty and freedom we have to serve G-d, freedom from bondage and service to sin.  

v13: Sanctifies – in a limited way. These were able to purify and sanctify those who were unclean (speaking here of their outward condition and not an inner change).

v14: How much more: This is not a slight change! The work of Messiah is a free gift and brings about the work of redemption, but its purpose is that we might serve the Living G-d. 

v15: By means of death for the redemption: The holiday that has death, as its central point, is called the Passover. Passover is the festival of redemption, but it always involves death – either death of a person or the death of a lamb.  

  • Transgressions: Violation of the commandments. 
  • Those who are called: The calling, or invitation, of G-d is broad – to the whole world (John 3:16). 
  • Eternal: The writer is using the term “eternal” frequently. He wants us to understand that the Great High Priest Messiah Yeshua’ s ministry has eternal implications. 

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