A veil separated the altar from the Most Holy Place of God’s presence in the tabernacle and later in the temple. Aaron the priest was to make atonement there once a year on behalf of the people and their sin (ch. 29). The tearing of the veil at Christ’s death indicated that the Mosaic institution of sacrifices and rituals had now been replaced by the final sacrifice of Christ. Jesus Christ’s sacrifice was enough “once for all” to sanctify eternally all who trusted in him (see Heb. 9:11–12; 10:1–18).

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