Hebrews 9:18

18 Even the first plan required a death to set it in motion.

Hebrews 9:18 Meaning and Commentary

Hebrews 9:18

Whereupon neither the first testament
Or the first administration of the covenant of grace under the law:

was dedicated without blood;
or "confirmed" without it, that dispensation being a typical one; and that blood was typical of the blood of Christ, by which the new covenant or testament is ratified; see ( Exodus 24:7 Exodus 24:8 ) .

Hebrews 9:18 In-Context

16 Like a will that takes effect when someone dies, the new covenant was put into action at Jesus' death. His death marked the transition from the old plan to the new one, canceling the old obligations and accompanying sins, and summoning the heirs to receive the eternal inheritance that was promised them. He brought together God and his people in this new way.
18 Even the first plan required a death to set it in motion.
19 After Moses had read out all the terms of the plan of the law - God's "will" - he took the blood of sacrificed animals and, in a solemn ritual, sprinkled the document and the people who were its beneficiaries.
20 And then he attested its validity with the words, "This is the blood of the covenant commanded by God."
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