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As we read last week, the second Temple of God was completed in 516BC.

In the Temple of God, the courtyard is where the animal sacrifice took place.  The blood of the animal was to make
atonement for ones life.

The temple building was devided into the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place.  These two rooms were devided
by a curtain of finely twisted linen.  This curtain was symbolic of the devision between sinful man and
a Holy God.

The back room or Most Holy Place contained the Arc of the Covenant.  Inside the Arc was the Ten Commandments
on stone tablets, Aaron’s Rod and a Pot of Manna (seed like substance that fell from heaven and fed the Israelites
in the desert).  There were two cherubim (angel) statues on top of the Arc.  The cherubim statues faced each
other and God’s Spirit dwelled between them.  Although the Holy Spirit is omnipresent, he talked to the high priests
at this place.

There were many type of animal sacrifices.  The most important sacrifice happened once a year on the day of
atonement.  Blood from the animal sacrifice was brought into the Most Holy Place and sprinkled over
the Arc of the Covenant.  This was to make atonement for the death that was due sinful man.

In the approximate year of 33AD, Jesus became the final sacrifice to make atonement for the death that
was due sinful man.  Never again is an animal sacrifice required.  The division between sinful man and a Holy
God was conquered.  This was signified by the tearing of the curtain between the Holy Place and the
Most Holy Place at the time of Jesus death.

Mathew 27:50  And when Jesus cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.  At that moment the cur-
tain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.  The earth shook, the rock spit and the tombs broke
open.

God now communicates through his Spirt to every man or woman that seeks him.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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Welcome.  Last week we finished our study of the Tent of Meeting.

To review, once a year, Moses, Aaron or the High Priest entered the Tent of Meeting.  They would sacrifice an
animal at the Bronze Altar and collect some of the blood.  Then they would wash their hands and feet at the
Bronze Basin.  Next, they would walk through the Holy Place into the Most Holy Place where they would sprinkle
the blood over the Arc of the Covenant.

This sacrificial ritual was to make atonement for the death that was due sinful man.  But as I mentioned in
Point of Salvation 6, the animal sacrifice was symbolic.  Let’s read three scriptures that tell us the animal sacrifice
does not take away sin.

Hebrews 10:3  But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins, because it is impossible for the blood of
bulls and goats to take away sins.

Hebrews 10:8  First he said. “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire,
nor were you pleased with them” (although the law required them to be made).

Hebrews 10:11  Day after day, every priest stands and performs his religious duties;  again and again he
offered the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.

The animal sacrifices were symbolic.  By performing the animal sacrifice, it demonstrated a belief in God.  It
is ones belief or faith in God that actually brings salvation.  This was true even before the time of Jesus.

Next week we will read scriptures that demonstrate faith in God before the time of Jesus.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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Let’s continue our study of the animal sacrifice for the sins of the Israelites before the time of Jesus.  This week,
let’s read about the animal sacrifice for the sins of individual Israelites.

Leviticus 4:3  If the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, he must bring to the Lord a young
bull without defect as a sin offering.

Leviticus 4:22  When a leader sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the commands of
the Lord his God, he is guilty.  When he is made aware of the sin he committed, he must bring as his offering 
a male goat without defect.

Leviticus 4:27  If a member of the community sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of
the Lord’s commands, he is guilty.  When he is made aware of the sin he committed, he must bring as his
offering for the sin he committed a female goat without defect.

Leviticus 4:32 says that if a community member sins, a female lamb can also be used as a sin offering
to the Lord.

Leviticus 5:7  If he cannot afford a lamb, he is to bring two doves or two young pigeons to the Lord
as a penalty for his sin-

Leviticus 5:11  If, however, he cannot afford two doves or two pigeons, he is to bring as an offering 
for his sin a tenth of an ephah (unit of measure) of fine flour for a sin offering.

Because a community member can sacrifice several different animals (female goat, female lamb, two doves, two
pigeons or fine flour for their sin, it is obvious that the animal sacrifice is symbolic.  The symbolism 
is that the animal is taking the place of the death that is due man.   

More importantly, by performing these symbolic offerings, it demonstrates that a person BELIEVES
IN GOD.  We will look at the importance of belief when we look at how people were saved after Jesus.

Next week, we will read about the TENT where the sacrifices took place.  Learning the history of salvation is im-
portant to fully understand the sacrifice Jesus made and what really takes place when a person is saved whether
it was before Jesus or after Jesus.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff