Hebrews 9:6-10
Heb 9:6 (KJB)
Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.
Ordained - Having been prepared
When the furniture and tabernacle were constructed and thus consecrated in the service of the Lord, the priests then went into the tabernacle and began to fulfill their priestly duties on a continual basis which was day by day. Their service was limited to the outer sanctuary because the Holy of Holies was off limits to anyone except the High priest on a yearly basis on the Great Day of Atonement.
Heb 9:7 (KJB)
But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:
For the errors - something done in ignorance or thoughtlessness
The Holy of Holies which held the Ark of the Covenant was reserved for only the High priest to enter once a year. It was where the Shekinah glory of God had represented the presence of the Lord. The High priest himself was not allowed to enter into it at any time except yearly on the Great Day of Atonement which was the 10th of Tishri. Before Aaron could make an atonement for the whole house of Israel, he was required to make an atonement for his own sins and for those of his household. (Lev 16:11 KJV) And Aaron shall bring the bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and shall make an atonement for himself, and for his house, and shall kill the bullock of the sin offering which is for himself: Once he had made atonement for himself and his house, he was then ready to make an atonement for the people of Israel. He was to kill the goat which was not chosen as the scapegoat and he was to take the blood into the Holy of Holies and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat. (Lev 16:15-16 KJV) Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the veil, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat: {16} And he shall make an atonement for the holy place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions in all their sins: and so shall he do for the tabernacle of the congregation, that remaineth among them in the midst of their uncleanness.
Heb 9:8 (KJB)
The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:
This is a very informative verse because it is telling us that the Holy Spirit was very active during the time of the tabernacle service and here He is telling us that the way into the Holy of Holies was not yet made manifest during the time of the tabernacle and you could also include the time of the temple period. During these times, the access to God was severely limited and He was only accessible by the High Priest concerning the ceremonies. As long as the Levitical priesthood was still in force, the way to God was severely limited. People were not free to come to God at any time they chose. Under the new covenant, a saved person could come to God at any time they wanted and for any reason because the blood of Christ has made us eternally clean and qualified us for appearance.
Heb 9:9 (KJB)
Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;
A figure - A parable or symbol
The tabernacle was a figure of the heavenly things as the tabernacle itself was a figure of Christ and the Holy of Holies inside it was a figure of Heaven, where God abides. The tabernacle itself had bland coloring on the outside but inside there was a real mixture of beautiful colors. This was symbolic of Christ as the world sees Him as bland and being some type of religious leader but when a person becomes born again, they see Him as much different as the multitude of colors. He is seen as beautiful to those who are the saved. The tabernacle was a standing figure of the holy things of Heaven and was apropos for the dispensation under which it was constructed. However, as beautiful as the tabernacle may have been it was still lacking the sufficiency to expiate the sins of those who were under its system. It was also true that conscience toward God was also unperfected because of the type of sacrifices. The animal sacrifices were unable to clean the inside of a person to the point of making them biblically perfect which would have also included the conscience. (1 Tim 3:9 KJV) Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. The new covenant was able to make the conscience of the believer perfect before God. If a person has a pure conscience before God, then this would mean that they have been cleansed from all their sin and qualified to stand before the Lord.
Heb 9:10 (KJB)
Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.
Imposed - Pressed or lied upon
Of reformation - Rectification or a thorough straightening
The Levitical offerings were only limited to outward physical practices. It did not have the ability to cleanse a person from their sins. The word “imposed” is in the middle voice which means that those under the Levitical priesthood, had to partake in their own atonement which was the keeping of the rituals and the diverse offerings for sin. Since man had to partake in these offerings and rituals, it could never cleanse the one who made the offering because of the sin nature of the people. The bringer was as sinful as the one who offered it in the tabernacle. This system was in force until the time of the new covenant going into effect which, of course, now did away with the Levitical priesthood. The time of reformation carries with it the meaning of a thorough straightening which means that the new covenant will completely rectify all the deficiencies found under the old covenant which was primarily the fact that the adherer could never become saved and that has been rectified under the new covenant. Those under the new covenant, that is, those who are saved through Christ, have become perfect and qualified for instant transport to Heaven, which is the sanctuary of Christ, especially since every true believer is a priest, the sanctuary of Heaven is where the believer belongs.