|Lev 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood. And I have given it to you on the altar to make an atonement for your souls. For it is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul.|
Lev 16:5 And he shall take from the congregation of the sons
of Israel two kids of the goats for a sin offering, and one ram
for a burnt offering.
And Aaron shall offer his young bull of the sin offering which is for himself, and make an atonement for himself and for his house.
And he shall take the two he-goats and present them before Jehovah at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
And Aaron shall cast lots on the two he-goats; one lot for Jehovah and the other lot for a complete removal.
And Aaron shall bring the goat on which Jehovah's lot fell, and offer it for a sin offering.
But the goat on which the lot fell to be the complete removal shall be presented alive before Jehovah, to make an atonement with him, to let him go for a complete removal into the wilderness.
In ordinary English:
Let's take a closer look at this ceremony found in Leviticus
(Vayikra) 16:7-10. In Leviticus (Vayikra) 16:8, the first lot said,
"La Adonai" (To the L-rd). The second lot said, "La Azazel"
(To the scapegoat). The high priest (Cohen HaGadol) took the
two golden lots, one marked La Adonai and the other marked
La Azazel, and placed one upon the head of each animal,
sealing their fate. It was considered a good omen if
the lot marked La Adonai was drawn by the priest
in the right hand.
In the ceremony of the two goats, the two goats were considered as one offering. A crimson sash was tied around the horns of the goat marked azazel. At the appropriate time, the goat was led to a steep cliff in the wilderness and shoved off the cliff.
In connection with this ceremony, an interesting tradition arose that is mentioned in the Mishnah ( what is the Mishnah ?): A portion of the crimson sash was attached to the door of the temple (Beit HaMikdash) before the goat was sent into the wilderness. The sash would turn from red to white as the goat met its end, signaling to the people that God had accepted their sacrifices and their sins were forgiven. This was based upon Isaiah (Yeshayahu) 1:18:
Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, says Jehovah; though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be like wool.
Thus, when God makes a deal, He keeps His end of it....
(Remember, God does not change; it must be done His way or no way)
Jesus and Barabbas were brought before the chief priests. Jesus was chosen and Barabbas was set free !!! (they were there when Jesus was picked to die - Matt 27:20)
Jesus clearly fulfilled the role of the "La Adonai" (to the Lord) goat in the Yum Kippur atonement ceremony (which happens around October)...
|"Forty years before the destruction of the Temple, the western light went out, the crimson thread remained crimson, and the lot for the Lord always came up in the left hand. They would close the gates of the Temple by night and get up in the morning and find them wide open" --- (Jacob Neusner, The Yerushalmi, p.156-157). [the Temple was destroyed in 70 CE]|
|"Our rabbis taught: During the last forty years before the destruction of the Temple the lot ['For the Lord'] did not come up in the right hand; nor did the crimson-colored strap become white; nor did the western most light shine; and the doors of the Hekel [Temple] would open by themselves" --- (Soncino version, Yoma 39b).|
|Thus also before the Jews' rebellion, and before those commotions which preceded the war, when the people were come in great crowds to the feast of unleavened bread, on the eighth day of the month Xanthicus, [Nisan,] and at the ninth hour of the night, so great a light shone round the altar and the holy house, that it appeared to be bright day time; which lasted for half an hour. (Note: they don't know the source of the light !) This light seemed to be a good sign to the unskillful, but was so interpreted by the sacred scribes, as to portend those events that followed immediately upon it. At the same festival also, a heifer, as she was led by the high priest to be sacrificed, brought forth a lamb in the midst of the temple. Moreover, the eastern gate of the inner [court of the] temple, which was of brass, and vastly heavy, and had been with difficulty shut by twenty men, and rested upon a basis armed with iron, and had bolts fastened very deep into the firm floor, which was there made of one entire stone, was seen to be opened of its own accord about the sixth hour of the night. Now those that kept watch in the temple came hereupon running to the captain of the temple, and told him of it; who then came up thither, and not without great difficulty was able to shut the gate again. This also appeared to the vulgar to be a very happy prodigy, as if God did thereby open them the gate of happiness. But the men of learning understood it, that the security of their holy house was dissolved of its own accord, and that the gate was opened for the advantage of their enemies.|
A simple Math. calculation tells us that the probability of this is 2-40 = 1/1099511627776 = .00000000000090949470. This odd makes winning the state lottery like a sure thing....
To win the BIGGAME Lottery, you must select 5 distinct numbers from 1-52 and one "Mega Ball" between 1-52.
The odds to win the BIGGAME Lottery is:
1 1 x 2 x 3 x 4 x 5
P(Win) = ---------------------- = -----------------------------
Choose(52, 5) x 52 52 x 51 x 50 x 49 x 48 x 52
The odds of winning the BIGGAME Lottery is 8135.7 times larger than drawing the lot "For the Lord" 40 times straight in the left hand !!!!
The clear indication is that the whole community had lost the Lord's attention in relation to something that occurred in 30 AD.... The yearly atonement achieved through the typical Yom Kippur observance was not being realized as expected. Atonement apparently was to be gained in some other way...
According to the Jerusalem Talmud:
Another reason why the doors might have opened themselves is to signify that all may now enter the Temple, even to its innermost holy sections. The evidence supported by the miracles described above suggests the Lord's presence had departed from the Temple. This was no longer just a place for High Priests alone, but the doors swung open for all to enter the Lord's house of worship.
Every night for 40 years (over 12,500 nights in a row) the main lamp of the Temple lampstand (menorah) went out of its own accord — no matter what attempts and precautions the priests took to safeguard against this event!
Later, I uncovered that Jesus also represented the passover lamb in another important sign of deliverance of God
The households that the Lord passed over did not suffer harm. Those that He did not pass over, the first born child was killed...
This was the 10th and last punishment to the Egyptian to force them to let the Israelites depart from Egypt: See Ex 12:29
Likewise, Jesus was the "Passover," the "Lamb of God" (1 Cor. 5:7; John 1:29), a male without blemish and with no broken bone, even after death (John 19:36).
This custom is documented by Josephus in his "War", book 6, Chapter 9 Section 3:
Jesus, too, was "chosen" on 10 Nisan at his triumphal entry
into Jerusalem, when he was hailed as the Messiah
(see Matt. 21:1-9; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:37-40; John 12:12-16),
Jesus' manner of entrance into Jerusalem had been prophesied
by Zechariah (Zech. 9:9).
The multitude who had assembled in Jerusalem for Passover later
consented to his death when they "all" cried out on 14 Nisan,
"Let him be crucified." (Matt. 27:20-23.)
And for the time to kill the lamb:
Jesus died about 3:00 P.M. (Matt. 27:46) on the day of preparation
for Passover (John 19:14), ***14 Nisan***, just when the
paschal lambs were also being slain.
John tells us that the triumphal entry occurred on the fifth day
before Passover. (John 12:1, 12-13.)
Reckoning inclusively from Friday (14 Nisan) as the first day,
Sunday (16 Nisan) is the third day after Friday,
and Monday (10 Nisan) is the fifth day before Friday.
See Hoehner, p. 72.
Jesus' manner of entrance into Jerusalem had been prophesied by Zechariah (Zech. 9:9).
The multitude who had assembled in Jerusalem for Passover later consented to his death when they "all" cried out on 14 Nisan, "Let him be crucified." (Matt. 27:20-23.)
And for the time to kill the lamb: Jesus died about 3:00 P.M. (Matt. 27:46) on the day of preparation for Passover (John 19:14), ***14 Nisan***, just when the paschal lambs were also being slain.
Three matzahs (a special kind of unleaven bread used in Passover)
are put together (representing the Father, Son,
and Holy Spirit). The middle matzah is broken, wrapped in a
white cloth, and hidden, representing the death and burial of Jesus.
The matzah itself is designed to represent Jesus, since it is
striped and pierced, which was prophesized by Isaiah, David,
and Zechariah. Following the Seder meal, the "buried" matzah
is "resurrected," which was foretold in the prophecies of David.
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