Only Aaron, the high priest, could enter the Holy of Holies once a year on the Day of Atonement, to intercede for the people directly with God.After the Israelites conquered Canaan, King Solomon built the first permanent temple in Jerusalem, where the animal sacrifices continued.Unless otherwise indicated, all content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.
To address the people's sins, God set up a system of animal sacrifices, in which the people provided cattle, sheep, and doves to be killed. Under the Old Covenant, those sacrifices were carried out at the desert tabernacle.
God installed Moses' brother Aaron and Aaron's sons as priests, who slaughtered the animals.
Others believe it started at Pentecost, with the coming of the Holy Spirit and founding of the Christian Church.
The New Covenant was established between God and the individual Christian (John ), with Jesus Christ serving as mediator.
Out of love, God the Father sent his only Son, Jesus, into the world.
This New Covenant would resolve the problem of sin once and for all.
If they complied, he pledged prosperity and protection in the Promised Land.
Altogether, there were 613 laws, covering every aspect of human behavior.
God promised that the people of Israel would be his chosen people, and he would be their God (Exodus 6:7).
God issued the Ten Commandments and the laws in Leviticus to be obeyed by the Hebrews.
Besides serving as the sacrifice, Jesus also became the new high priest (Hebrews -16).