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On top of the lid of the ark were two cherubim, angels of splendor, with outstretched wings overshadowing the throne of mercy.[a] But now is not the time to discuss further the significant details of these things.

So with this prescribed pattern of worship the priests would routinely go in and out of the first chamber to perform their religious duties. And the high priest was permitted to enter into the Holiest Sanctuary of All only once a year and he could never enter without first offering sacrificial blood for both his own sins and for the sins of the people.

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  1. Hebrews 9:5 Or “the place of atonement.” See Ex. 25:18-22.

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