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Hebrews 12:24 (20.06.24)

Hebrews 12.24.
“[You have come] to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.”

In referring to the sprinkled blood, the writer is no doubt thinking (as he was in chapter 9 when he wrote about what happened in the tabernacle) of the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16), when the high priest dared to step into the Holy of Holies, but only with the blood of the sin offering, which he took behind the curtain and sprinkled on the atonement cover of the ark (and on the altar of incense and indeed on the tabernacle itself). Only the sprinkled blood could make atonement for sin (the same word in Hebrew means atonement and cover). So Jesus has taken, so to speak, his own blood into the inner sanctuary of heaven, and sprinkled it before God, to cover our sin.

Lord, I come to your awesome presence,
From the shadows into your radiance;
By the blood I may enter your brightness,
Search me, try me, consume all my darkness.
Shine on me,
shine on me.

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