Why did the priest sprinkle blood seven times?

In the Old Testament, as part of the service of the tabernacle, the priest would sprinkle blood seven times before the veil of the temple. We first read that in Leviticus:

“And the priest that is anointed shall bring of the bullock’s blood to the tabernacle of the congregation: And the priest shall dip his finger in some of the blood, and sprinkle it seven times before the Lord, even before the veil” (Leviticus 4:16, 17).

The Old Testament

The whole process, as we read in Leviticus 4, begins with a sacrifice. When a sacrifice was offered for the sins of the entire congregation, the blood was taken by the priest, who represented Jesus (Hebrews 3:1), into the sanctuary and sprinkled before the veil which separated the Holy and the Most Holy place. The presence of God dwelt on the other side of the veil in the Holy of Holies. Thus, the sins of the people were removed and symbolically transferred to the sanctuary.

The New Testament

In the New Testament, this all changed. After the crucifixion, Jesus went to heaven and became our High Priest to minister His blood in the heavenly sanctuary. We read this in Hebrews, where it states:

“But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us” (Hebrews 9:11, 12).

The blood ministered by the earthly priest represents Jesus applying His blood to our record of sins in the heavenly sanctuary above, showing that they are forgiven when we confess them in His name (1 John 1:9).

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