Now indeed even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service, and an earthly sanctuary.
For there was a tent prepared, the first, in which were the lampstand, the table, and the show bread; which is called the Holy Place.
After the second veil, the tent which is called the Holy of Holies,
having a golden altar of incense, and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which was a golden pot holding the manna, Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;
and above it cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat, of which things we can't now speak in detail.
Now these things having been thus prepared, the priests go in continually into the first tent, accomplishing the services,
but into the second the high priest alone, once in the year, not without blood, which he offers for himself, and for the errors of the people.
The Holy Spirit is signifying this, that the way into the Holy Place has not yet been revealed, while the first tent is yet standing;
which is an illustration of the present age, where gifts and sacrifices are offered that are incapable, concerning the conscience, of making the worshipper perfect;
being only (with meats and drinks and various washings) fleshly ordinances, imposed until a time of reformation.