POSTED 11 FEBRUARY, 2018
reproduced from Salvation on the Line, Volume II
“Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Yeshua.”
Those who have been redeemed and spiritually regenerated through the saving work of Yeshua, can “have boldness to enter into the Holies by the blood of Yeshua” (Hebrews 10:19, TLV), even though such parrēsia or “confidence” does require God’s people to approach Him with respect and not dishonor. People in general being able to approach the Lord, in such a manner, is quite different from the condition present in the pre-resurrection era—especially as the high priest would not linger in the Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement. The Mishnah specifically attests, “He did not prolong his prayer, so as not to frighten the Israelites” (m.Yoma 5:1). The high priest would simply enter into the Holy of Holies, perform his necessary duties, and then get out lest the people think that he offended God and God had struck him dead somehow. The high priest would enter the Holy of Holies with a great deal of fear, but Believers should have a confidence, in approaching their Heavenly Father.
 This entry has been adapted from the author’s commentary Hebrews for the Practical Messianic.
 Neusner, Mishnah, 272.