Hebrews 9:21

21 In the same way, he sprinkled the tabernacle and all the vessels of worship with blood.

Hebrews 9:21 Meaning and Commentary

Hebrews 9:21

Moreover, he sprinkled likewise both the tabernacle
Not at the same time that he sprinkled the book and the people, for then there was no tabernacle; but afterwards, at the time that it was set up, when it was anointed with oil, ( Exodus 40:9 ) and though no mention is there made of blood, yet Josephus, in agreement with the apostle, asserts F9, that the tabernacle, and its vessels, were not only anointed with oil, but sprinkled with the blood of bulls and goats, as well as the garments of Aaron, and his sons: the tabernacle was typical of the church, in which God dwells, being purified and cleansed by the blood of Christ; and this shows, that there is no coming into the presence of God, the place where he dwells, without blood.

And all the vessels of the ministry;
which were used in the service of the tabernacle these may denote the vessels of grace and mercy, the elect of God, whose hearts are sprinkled by the blood of Christ from an evil conscience, and whose garments are washed in it, and made white by it.


F9 Antiq. l. 3. c. 8. sect. 6.

Hebrews 9:21 In-Context

19 For when every commandment had been proclaimed by Moses to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, along with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll itself and all the people,
20 saying, This is the blood of the covenant that God has commanded for you.
21 In the same way, he sprinkled the tabernacle and all the vessels of worship with blood.
22 According to the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
23 Therefore it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be purified with these [sacrifices], but the heavenly things themselves [to be purified] with better sacrifices than these.