When everything had been arranged like this, the priests entered regularly1 into the outer room to carry on their ministry.
But only the high priest entered2 the inner room,3 and that only once a year,4 and never without blood,5 which he offered for himself6 and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.78
The Holy Spirit was showing8 by this that the way9 into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still standing.
This is an illustration10 for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered11 were not able to clear the conscience12 of the worshiper.
They are only a matter of food13 and drink14 and various ceremonial washings15--external regulations16 applying until the time of the new order.