"And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, like the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE Lord. And thou shalt put it on a blue lace, that it may be upon the mitre; upon the forefront of the mitre it shall be. And it shall be upon Aaron's forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be accepted before the Lord."
(Exodus 28:36-38 KJV)
"The Hebrew word avon, translated 'iniquity', refers to how our heart (temperament, disposition, inclination, loyalties) falls short of God's standards. We are imperfect and flawed, irregardless of if we have committed any offenses in God's eyes or are set apart for God. Since iniquity was internal and not about actions there were not offerings an Ancient Israelite could do to deal with iniquity. Iniquity could not be forgiven or atoned for. It could only be 'borne away' (a phrase never used about evil actions). The only way to rid the world of iniquity is to bear it to Sheol.
"The most spiritually significant part of iniquity is what the Apostolic Writings calls 'slavery to sin', describing how people who know what is good will sometimes do what as evil even when they do not want to...
"Once each year the rituals of Yom Kippur allowed the community's iniquity to be borne away. Both the iniquity of the Tabernacle stored up on the High Priest's turban and the people's iniquity would be carried to Sheol by a goat (Leviticus 16:21-22). This goat suffered a terrible death in the wilderness. It was called 'the goat that departs' (in Hebrew azazel, a contraction of the words aiz azel, 'goat that departs')...
"Unfortunately, this annual cleansing from iniquity did not last long. The ancient Israelites had old habits and perspectives which would soon lead them into evil. They would again enter "slavery to sin" (John 8:34). So without a complimentary protection from evil being cleansed from iniquity was temporary." This was written in P'nei Adonai on the internet at http://penei.org/concepts-iniquity.shtml in 2013 but is no longer available in 2014 or 2015.
Be aware that Jesus Christ has taken our iniquities. Our Awesome God has His plan for removing our imperfections and creating a new person in Christ. We should never cease accepting Him as our Savior and praising His Holy Name for taking our iniquities upon Himself! Join us at Living Word Baptist Church at 10:30 AM every Sunday and Bible Study at 6:00 PM on Sunday evening. We have a Prayer Team and another Bible Study at 7:00 PM at the church on Wednesday. Learn with us how to use and invest your time with wisdom for Our Awesome God!
"And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the Lord, and the other lot for the scapegoat… But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness."
(Leviticus 16:8, 10 KJV)
The scapegoat was the animal that ceremonially carried the sins of the people away into the wilderness on the Day of Atonement, as Our Awesome God commanded (Leviticus 16:8,10). On the Day of Atonement, when the high priest went once a year into the Holy of Holies to offer sacrifices for his own sins and for those of all the people, two goats were brought before him. By lot, one was chosen to be “for the Lord.” This goat was slain as a sin offering, and its blood was sprinkled on God's objects to help cleanse the altar, the sanctuary, and the tent of meeting from the defilements over the past year.
The second goat was called the scapegoat as our Awesome God instructed. The High Priest, by laying his hands on the head of the goat and naming his own sins and all the sins of the people, ceremonially transferred them to the goat. All the men involved and the goats had been ritually cleansed before the Day of Atonement. Then one man took the goat out of the camp to a rough mountainous area and set him free.
The demand of the goats showed man's need for reconciliation with Our Awesome God and redemption from their sins. The first goat that was "for the Lord" was killed because there is a price and a payment for sin. Then the scapegoat left the camp with the sins of the people so that God could get close to His people, as He wanted.
Our Awesome God was setting the stage for the coming of His Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem and bring salvation to man with His blood and to be our advocate at the side of God. He has set things up so that people no longer need a "scapegoat." We only need to believe in Jesus Christ and accept His payment to be free from our many sins. Pray to Our Awesome God, take His free gift of salvation and receive peace and freedom from your burden of sin. Will I see you in heaven?
Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and a Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour with a children's program called AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. There are plans for more Bible Discussions in homes during the week. Prayer meeting with Bible Study is on Wednesday at 7:00 PM. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill