A Feast—a Question—a Surprising Answer
From Leviticus 23 and 16, Matthew 4 and Hebrews 10:12
The Feast of Unleavened Bread casts its Godly spell—
Like cloud by day and fire by night bespeaks His presence.
This is an appointed time to drink from His Spirit’s well—
From our tabernacled heart, offerings as by fire are made.
Mysteries previously neither understood nor discerned
In this season have new light upon inquiries’ vent—
In these seven, leaven-less days truths are learned
From spirit pure—without sin’s ferment—answers will inure.
A question on Feast Day Two burned within my spirit’s eye.
Two goats of Aaron’s priestly duties now held thoughtful sway.
The one on whom the lot by seeming chance did now apply.
One to live, the other its blood on Yahweh’s altar to display.
For Aaron and his priestly clan this ritual ran its earthly span.
For the High Priest’s sin, an ox’s blood was with ceremony shed.
For the people’s sin, that goat chosen through Yahweh’s plan,
Would shed its blood and from Mercy Seat an offering raise.
But, what, you ask, of the Second Goat by lot so denominated?
Is its mission really to bear the people’s sin into the wilderness?
But wait! Is that not the mission of the First Goat so designated—
Whose blood on the Mercy Seat atoned for the people’s sin?
Is this not a scriptural inconsistency—can not one goat suffice?
The question then—why two goats to carry the people’s sin?
Sin divides into two parts—both of which you know the price.
There is the actual sin itself—which blood from Goat One expiates.
Goat Two carries temptation, not actual sin—that too must go—
Return temptation to its source—the barren waste, the arid place.
The High Priest no longer makes his faithful, annual tableau—
The Son of God has come to break this once, relentless cycle.
His shed blood—perfect sacrifice—both for sin and temptation meant.
Now temptation too bends its knee—Yeshua’s blood gives total victory!
April 24, 2016
I guess it’s my teacher gift which compels me to explain my poems. This poem combines several spiritual experiences I’ve tried to roll into one ball. To begin with it started with the Passover-Unleavened Bread feasts (Lev 23). I’m of the persuasion there is a special anointing from Father during His appointed times. During this season our family time activity of reading commentaries on the weekly Torah portion arrived at, Acharei Mot, in Leviticus 16. The question of the two-goat sacrifice discussed here has apparently been a puzzle for centuries.
As part of our discipline during Unleavened Bread, we seek Yahweh as to areas of our personal leaven as well as to puzzling questions in general. Such was my prayer on the eve of the second day of the feast.
The revelation my spirit received was that the second goat (the scape goat) was not a duplicated effort to remove the sin of the people, nor was it a prophetic statement of Messiah’s role as being the scape goat.
There are actually two aspects to sin. First, before we sin, there is the temptation. Then, if we succumb, the action following temptation is the commission of the sin for which the first goat’s blood was shed. To the second goat was then transferred, by the High Priest, the temptation to sin, not the sin, that had already been expiated by the first goat’s blood on the mercy seat.
Does Yahweh need a redundant system to cover our sin? I think not! Therefore, there must be some other explanation for the “scape goat.” That explanation is, I believe, seeing temptation to sin as being what was metaphorically being sent back to its source in the dry places. The function of the annual Levitical temple service is to free the people from the accumulated sin of the past year and to shield them from the temptations to come in the coming year.
What was again exciting to me was to realize the Matthew 4 recounting of Yeshua being led into the desert wilderness to face the temptations of Satan. This did not occur until Yeshua had been proclaimed Son of God. He was not a scape goat, bearing the sins back to a Goat god, He was the Messiah fearlessly invading the domain of the scape goat and his master—returning in victoriory. We have that same victory when we appropriate His shed blood to stand against the temptations by which we are beset.