That rope around the ankle of the high priest (Yom Kippur)

Tomorrow is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.  In ancient Israel on this day, the people gathered in anticipation as the High Priest brought the sacrifice into the Holy of Holies.  Would God accept the sacrifice?

Dr. Will Varner has a post exploding a popular myth repeated by many of us in regards to this day: there's no ancient support for the idea that the High Priest wore a rope or chain just in case the other priests had to pull his dead body out.

Of course, the human priests did eventually die like the rest of us, and they, by God's design, were never done with their offerings.

Heb 4:7–12:
This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant. The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God lthrough him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.


For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself. For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.

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