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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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Last week we ended with the following question.  Why was sex with a close relative allowed in Genesis but not in
Leviticus?

Initially, in Genesis, there was nothing inherently wrong with close relative sex.  It’s how the world was populated.

In Genesis, human genetics were far more free of defects.  That changed with time.

When sin entered the world, genetic defects increased with every generation.

As time went on and genetic defects increased, God made close relative sex (incest) illegal.  God gave this law to
Moses to communicate to the Israelites in Leviticus 18.  See Old Testament 3 to read a couple scriptures.

I’m not a scientist but here’s how I understand it.  We all have genes from our parents and these
genes have defects in them.  When identical genes with the same defect are combined from a brother
and sister into a child, it causes the child to have deformities.  The more closely related, the more 
likely the problem.  As time went on, this is why incest was made illegal in Leviticus.  This is why
incest is considered illegal and immoral today.

Next week, we will continue with the lineage from Adam and Eve to Jesus.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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A fourth final thought:

Many believers reference 1 Peter 2:24  “by his wounds you have been healed.”  They believe Jesus bore all of our
physical illness on the cross.

Let’s read the full scripture.  1 Peter 2:24  “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might
die to sins and live for righteousness;  by his wounds you have been healed (forgiven).”

Let’s read another scripture.  Isaiah 53:5  But he was pierced for our transgressions (breaking the law), he
was crushed for our iniquities (sin);  the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds
we are healed (forgiven).

The wounds that Jesus suffered were for the forgiveness of our sins and not the healing of our physical
bodies.  

The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross was to fulfill the old law of offering an unblemished sacrificial  
lamb, goat or animal for the forgiveness of sins.  Jesus is the last sacrificial lamb and the last shed-
ding of blood for our sins to ever be made.

Next week, the conclusion to Physical Healing.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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God has no preset number of days for each Christian to live.  Are there any exceptions?

Many early prophets lived much longer than people today.  I don’t know if they had a predetermined number of
days to live, but God kept them alive until his purpose was complete.  Remember, God only has a specific plan for a
few people in history.  Most people should find their spiritual gifts and serve God that way.  See Mission on the left
side of this page for more explanation.

Also, in the early days of the world, many people lived longer because sin was very young.  There was no genetic-
ally inherited disease, no pollution, etc.  Here are a few examples of people living longer in the early days of the
world.  Genesis 9:29  Noah lived 950 years. Genesis 11:11  Shem (one of Noah’s sons) lived 500 years.  Arphaxed lived
403 years.  Abraham lived 175 years.

Another thought, although God doesn’t have a preset number of days to life, God can intervene and prevent harm
or death when he chooses.  God may warn a person that danger is on the way or God may heal a person.  We will
read more on this when we cover healing.

A final thought, even though God doesn’t have a preset number of days to life, God does know when a person’s life
will end.  God is OMNISCIENT (all knowing).  Luke 12:7  And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.

Next week we will conclude our study on Number of Days.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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Last week we concluded that sin prevents all people from living out a preset number of days.  Romans 6:23  For the
wages of sin is death, …  Romans 3:23  All have sinned and fallen short of Gods glory.

This week, let’s read 2 of 3 scriptures that confuse many Christians.

Job 14:5  Man’s days are determined;  you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits
he cannot exceed.

Here, Job is considering the shortness of man’s (mankind’s) life.  Every man of Adam’s fallen race is short lived.
God has determined the boundaries beyond which mankind cannot go.  As we have read in Number of Days 1 the
limit is a hundred and twenty years.  Job is not saying that each individual has an exact preset number of days to
live.

Psalms 139:16  Your eyes saw my unformed body;  all the days ordained for me were written in your
book before one of them came to be. 

Reading more closely, this is a Psalm of David.  It is speaking about David’s life and that God has a predetermined
plan for David’s life.  This Psalm is not speaking to mankind in general.

David is most famous for killing Goliath with a sling and stone.  David became a successful army commander and
was the second King of Isreal.

As we have read in Mission 7, there are only a few people in the history of the world that God prepared a specific
plan.  David was one of them.  To determine how you can best serve God, click on Mission on the left side of this
page.

Next week we will read a third scripture that confuses Christians concerning a preset number of days.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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Last week we read that the average life span of a person is seventy years or eighty years if they have the
strength.  The maximum life span is a hundred and twenty years.

This week, does God have a preset number of days for each person’s life?  I don’t think so.  I have found no scrip-
tures verifying this to be true.

Remember, we live in a fallen world, full of sin, that contributes to people dying at different ages.  For example, to
live out a preset number of days, people would always get enough sleep, people would never smoke cigarettes,
never overuse drugs, never eat unhealthy, never experience stress, never do anything that would harm them phys-
ically.  People would never participate in dangerous activities or fall victim to natural disasters like tornados,
hurricanes or earthquakes.  People would never be in car or airplane crashes.  Young people would never fall ill to
cancers like Lukemia.  They would never suffer from birth defects that cause early deaths.

For people to live a preset number of days, Cain would never have killed Abel and murder would never have entered
this world.  For people to live a preset number of days, Adam and Eve would never have sinned and sin would never
have entered this world.

For people to live a preset number of days, they would have to live a perfect life.  We know this is im-
possible.

Romans 3:23  For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

God only has a preset number of days to life when we reach heaven.  That number is forever.  Life will be
eternal. 

Next week, we will look at three scriptures that confuse many believers when it comes to a preset number of days
to life.

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