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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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After the flood receded and the animals left the ark, God established a covenant.

Genesis 9:8  Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: I now establish my covenant with you, and with
your descendants after you and every living creature that was with you-

Genesis 9:11  I establish my covenant with you:  Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of the 
flood;  never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.

God promises Noah, all people and all living creatures to come that there will never again be a flood to destroy the
earth.  But how does God remind us of his covenant?

Genesis 9:12  And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every
living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come.

Genesis 9:13  I have set a rainbow in the clouds and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the
earth.

Genesis 9:16  Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting
covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on earth.

Whenever you see a rainbow, it is a reminder of Gods covenant that he will never again flood the earth to destroy it.

Have you ever noticed that a rainbow appears when it stops raining and the sun appears, just like for Noah?

Although God will never again destroy the earth by a flood, one day there will be a new heaven and a new earth as
we will study in Revelation.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff