The sweet psalmist of Israel declares: “I won’t keep company with tricky, two-faced men, nor will I go the way of those with hidden motives. I despise the sinner’s hangouts. You won’t find me walking with the wicked. When I come to your altar, Yahweh, I’ll be clean before you, approaching with songs of thanksgiving, singing songs of your mighty miracles” (Psalms 26:4-7 TPT).
To come to God’s altar clean requires genuine introspection. We each have to look at ourselves first, which minimally requires us to not projecting your own faults on others. Scapegoating another is a sign that something is off within you. Scapegoating is a form of self-protection for a pride-filled person who doesn’t want to admit they could be wrong or off.
But thanks be to God, Messiah Yeshua became our scapegoat offering on the cross. The Hebrew word for scapegoat is azazel. In the intertestamental Book of Enoch (8:1), Azazel is seen as a type of satan (Ha satan). The sins of the people were laid upon azazel by the High Priest (Kohen Gadol) on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). The second goat in the Old Testament Yom Kippur festivities was sent into wilderness to wander after it was marked for Azazel (Lev. 16:10). Before the Azazel goat was sent out, the Kohen Gadol laid both of his hands upon its head and confessed over it all the iniquities, transgressions, and misdeeds of Is-real. Leviticus 16:20-22 declares that the goat shall carry on it all their iniquities to an inaccessible region.
If you study the two goats ceremony in Leviticus 16, you will discover that two golden lots were cast for the two goats. One lot said, “La Adonai” (To the Lord) and the other lot “La Azazel” (To the scapegoat). Except for the 40 years prior to the destruction of the Second Temple, the La Adonai lot came out in the right hand of the priest and the La Azazel came out in the left hand.
Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ) fulfilled both goat offerings. As the “La Adonai” offering, Yeshua was our sin offering when the sins of the whole world as laid upon Him (Isa. 53:1-6; 1 Cor. 15:3; Gal. 1:3-4; Heb. 2:17; John 2:2; 4:10). As the “La Azazel’ offering, He
bore the blame for sin and became the object of irrational hostility (Col. 1:22).
A crimson sash was tied around the neck of the scapegoat during the two goats ceremony, which was considered as one offering. A portion of the same crimson sash was attached to the door of God’s Temple before the goat was sent into the wilderness. The sash on the Temple’s doorway would turn from red to white when the Azazel goat met its end, signaling God had accepted their sacrifices and their sins were forgiven. The crimson thread tradition was based upon “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18 NKJV).
History records that when Yeshua was slain on the tree 40 years before the destruction of Herod’s Temple, the sash at the doorway at God’s Temple stopped turning white [Mishnah]. “But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:11-14 NKJV).
Let us be diligent to be found by our Beloved in peace, without spot and blameless – not blaming (scapegoating) others.
Give em heaven!!!
Written September 6, 2023 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main. Copyrighted – If you are going to copy this, please copy it right by giving attributions to this source. Blessings!
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