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Friday, October 7 2011
Sending Away The Escapades Goat
The Hebrew word pronounced aw-zawl means to go away, or to be put out of sight. Another Hebrew word, pronounced aze, was used to refer to a goat, but the word itself originated from a Hebrew root word which meant hardened, as in obstinate or contrary i.e. "stubborn as a goat." Those two Hebrew words were compounded to form the Hebrew word pronounced aw-zaw-zale which meant, from the actual Hebrew words that formed it, the goat of departure, or more literally, sending away of the stubborn one.
"Azazel" (as it is rendered into English) is found only four times in the Holy Scriptures, all in the verses quoted below regarding the Day of Atonement. The King James Version translates it as "scapegoat" - which in the 1611 English of the KJV meant escape goat i.e. from the context of the actual Hebrew words of the Scriptures, meaning the escapades goat. "Escapades" means the "wild and dangerous behaviour" of someone breaking away from what is wise and right, not merely the present-day definition of "scapegoat" i.e. "someone punished for the errors of others" (an incorrect definition based upon people shallowly interpreting the Biblical scapegoat rather than actually reading all of what the Holy Bible plainly and truly says about it).
"16:7 And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the LORD [see The First Christian Church] at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 16:8 And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for the scapegoat. 16:9 And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the LORD lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering. 16:10 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 16:7-10 KJV)
The stubborn "goat" with the "wild and dangerous behaviour" is Satan
While the "wild and dangerous" goat used in that observance was symbolic, Satan, the evil one that it represented, is very real. Satan's record as a loser rebel began when he, then known as Lucifer, became corrupted by nothing more than his own appearance - the reflection of his own image, in his own eyes (see also Who's Hiding On Your Wall?).
"28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee." (Ezekiel 28:13-15 KJV)
When his own vain rebellion failed, Satan turned his efforts into influencing humans into becoming losers too. How? By replacing God's Law of true freedom (see The Yoke Of Freedom) with loser-laws of false freedom, dead-end "escapades" until "2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil [see Is He Out Of Your Mind?], who are taken captive by him at his will." (2 Timothy 2:26 KJV).
"3:1 Now the serpent [see Do You Want A Servant Or A Serpent?] was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Satan has been provoking and tempting humans into his vain, self-righteous evil ever since; the devil will continue to do so until such time that he is put away - as portrayed by the sent-away goat on the Day of Atonement (see the Fact Finder question below).
"8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 8:45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not." (John 8:43-45 KJV)
Fact Finder: What is the fate that Satan has created for himself?
This Day In History, October 7
1571: The Battle of Lepanto, fought off Lepanto, Greece, between the fleet of the "Holy League" (see The Holy Roman Empire) commanded by Don John of Austria with his 316 ships, and the Turkish fleet (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire), commanded by Ochiali Pasha with 250 galleys. The allies (mostly Spanish, Venetian and papal ships) defeated the Turkish fleet, killing at least 25,000 Turks, destroyed 80 ships, and liberated about 10,000 "Christian" (i.e. Church of Rome) galley slaves. It was the last great confrontation between oared ships.
1737: Waves up to 15 meters (about 50 feet) sank 15,000 small craft off the coast of India with a loss of life estimated over 250,000 people.
1763: The Proclamation of 1763 was issued by King George III, closing lands north and west of the Alleghenies to white settlement, and providing boundaries and terms of government for the territories Britain acquired from France under the Treaty of Paris. "New France" ceased to exist and was replaced by the much smaller province of Quebec. As a result of the treaty, the region's borders were changed to make it rectangular, centered on the St. Lawrence River; the borders no longer ran south to the Mississippi and east to Newfoundland (if they continued to so do, the border today between Canada and the U.S. would run north to south, rather than east to west).
1806: Carbon paper was patented in London by inventor Ralph Wedgewood.
1826: The Convention of Akkerman, an agreement signed in Akkerman, Romania, between the Ottoman Empire and Russia in which the Ottomans accepted, under threat of war, Russian demands concerning Serbia and the Danube principalities of Moldavia and Walachia (again, listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire to understand how it led to the outbreak of the First World War - listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1879: Otto von Bismarck concluded a military pact with Austria-Hungary, allying the Habsburgs with the Prussian-dominated Germany; the alliance was intended to render France powerless against the Reich (Reich is the German word for empire; Adolf Hitler later called his regime "the Third Reich" (see Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!; also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1900: The first stone was laid for "the Church of the Dormition" on Mount Zion (see Zionism). The prominent building was a project of the Lazarists with the support of German Kaiser Wilhelm II.
1919: KLM, the national airline of the Netherlands, was established. It is the oldest existing airline.
1944: The Jewish revolt in Auschwitz; Jews working in a Krupp plant smuggled in explosives, which were turned into grenades and bombs by skilled Soviet POWs. They blew up Crematorium III and killed 3 SS men. 250 Jews were massacred by the guards, but 27 escaped.
1949: The German Democratic Republic (communist East Germany) was proclaimed in the Soviet sector of occupied Germany; Wilhelm Pieck was appointed President, Otto Grotewohl was appointed Prime Minister.
1959: The far side of the moon was photographed for the first time, by the Soviet Luna-3 spacecraft.
1981: Hosni Mubarak became acting president of Egypt after the assassination of Anwar Sadat the day before.
1985: Palestinian terrorists seized control of the Achille Lauro, an Italian passenger ship carrying 440 people. They threatened to blow it up if Israel did not release 50 Palestinian prisoners. During the incident, the hijackers murdered Leon Klinghoffer, an elderly Jewish-U.S. man in a wheelchair.