The Prophecy of the Scapegoat

The Prophecy of the Scapegoat

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#1 Apr 28, 2012
THE PROPHECY OF THE SCAPEGOAT

Please, notice that I have entitled this thread with "Prophecy" of the Scapegoat and not sacrifice. Two male goats were brought by the High Priest, on the Day of Atonement every year. One was to remain in Jerusalem to be sacrificed for the sins of the people; and the other, the Scapegoat, was to be sent Eastward alive to Azazel in the desert. The literal meaning was to get lost. Hence, the expression in Hebrew, "telech le Azazel!" The decision of which goat would remain in Jerusalem for the Lord and the one which would be sent to Azazel, was made by lot.(Lev. 16:1-34)

As a result of the split of the Tribes, two kingdoms were created; Israel in the North and Judah in the South. At the time Ahaz was King in Judah, a war had been declared by Samaria and Damascus against Judah; a war that Ahaz was almost certain he would lose. To prevent such an eventuality, he rejected God's Covenant and established one with Tiglath Pileser, king of Assyria. As a result of it, Judah got doomed to Divine destruction but since David had been promised that his Tribe of Judah would remain as a lamp in Jerusalem forever, according to I Kings 11:36, Judah had to be atoned for, and the lot fell upon Israel as the Scapegoat.(Isa. 9:8) It was then that Israel, aka, the Tabernacle of Joseph was Divinely rejected, while Judah was confirmed to remain before the Lord.(Psalm 78:67-69; Jer. 31:35-37)

That's when the prophecy of the Scapegoat got fulfilled. Israel, the Scapegoat, was sent to Azazel in the desert, towards the East, where Assyria is, so that Judah be atoned for in the process. Having the prophecy of the Scapegoat been fulfilled, any further performance of such a ceremony in the following years had become meaningless. IMHO, either the Priests did not have this understanding or the ceremony would be performed as, so to speak, a festival of mourning in memory of Ephraim, or ancient Israel, who had been pierced so that Judah survived.

Ben

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