How God Dealt With Sin In The Old Testament Part Three



Two Goats

 There’s phase that often use  among friends or those who commit a felony when they’re in trouble and one them get caught they not to rat out on their  friends the phase is called the escape goat; Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines as; one that bears the blame for others; for example, The CEO was made the scapegoat for the company’s failures.  Believe or not  the Bible has escape Found in Leviticus 16:8.  Defines escape goat A Chiefly Biblical. a goat let loose in the wilderness on Yom Kippur after the high priest symbolically laid the sins of the people on its head. Lev. 16:8,10,26.

Free Dictionary defines;  A live goat over whose head Aaron confessed all the sins of the children of Israel on the Day of Atonement. The goat, symbolically bearing their sins, was then sent into the wilderness.

Merriam dictionary defines; a goat upon whose head are symbolically placed the sins of the people after which he is sent into the wilderness in the biblical ceremony for Yom Kippur


 For example , there’re two goat one is sacrifice while other goes into the desert and takes  the people sins away Merriam-Webster Dictionary define; is a goat that was symbolically burdened with the sins of the people and killed on Yom Kippur to rid Jerusalem of its iniquities;  or another example, found in Oxford Dictionary a goat sent into the wilderness after the Jewish chief priest had symbolically laid the sins of the people upon it. There were two goats were used one was sacrifice on an altar by high priest to atone for the sins of the people and offered to the Lord. While thee other goat carries the sins of the people into the wilderness. Found in found in Leviticus 16: 7- 10’and the people would  cast  lots for the two goats–one lot for the LORD and the other for the scapegoat. Found in Leviticus 16:8 The only high priest in Aaron line is to do act and only once year.


Another example adage handwriting on the wall defines as; a premonition, portent, or clear indication, especially of failure, or disaster:  For example, he company had ignored the handwriting on the wall and was plunged into bankruptcy. Or Bible meaning found in Daniel 5; 5- 9. Where Daniel explain the meaning  of these words; MENĒ MENĒ,TEKĒL, UPHARSIN.  MENE God has numbered your kingdom and put an end to it. ‘TEKĒL’—you have been weighed on the scales and found deficient.  ‘PERĒS’—your kingdom has been divided and given over to the Medes and Persians.”Ó In short game over


 The Treatment Of The Sacrificial  Animal

 Solomon offered a sacrifice of 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep when dedicating the temple to the Lord. Between daily the sacrifices and yearly sacrifices likely into several millions animals were sacrifices per year.  Still, The Lord continues to bless if Israelite when they follow in His steps. Since these animals were sacrifice because of man fell into sin not the animals plus God commanded it. 

There are  several questions that  need to be address; First. How do the Jewish cultures treat sacrificial animal or animal general? Secondly, How did God view animal kingdom and what was directive to mankind? 

 First,  God created all the animals on the fifth day of creation. In Genesis 1;  23 to 25. God spoke these words; “Ò 23 There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day. 24 Then God said, “ÒLet the earth bring forth living creatures after  their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after heir kind”Ó; and it was so. 25 God made the beasts of the earth after  their kind, and  the cattle after, heir kind, and everything that crept on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good. Plus he commanded Adam to have dominion over the animal. Genesis 1; 30; “ÒI have given emphasis added. Every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to everything that moves on the earth that has life “ÒAdam named all the animal according to Genesis 2 verses 26. 

Later on God  gave Noah similar commandment  found in Genesis 8 verse 1- 5, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth. 2 The fear of you and the terror of you will be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the sky; with everything that creeps on the ground, and all the fish of the sea, into your hand they are given. 3 Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant. 4 Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, with  blood. 5 Surely I will require your lifeblood; from every beast I will require it. And from every man, from every man’s brother I will require the life of man. Note that the beasts, birds in the air, creeping things on the ground, and fish in the water will be terrified of man -kind. However, will be in your hands. Note that   another change within the covenant mankind was allowed to eat the animals for food.  Yet, there was a stipulation that they couldn’t eat the blood within the animal. 

In piece on Judaism  one-on-one on  the subject  of treatment of animals  they wrote the words,”Ó However, dominion does not give us the right to cause indiscriminate pain and destruction. We are permitted to use animals in this way only when there is a genuine, legitimate need, and we must do so in the manner that causes the animal the least suffering. Kosher slaughtering is designed to be as fast and painless as possible, and if anything occurs that might cause pain such knife or a delay in the cutting, the flesh may not be consumed. Hunting for sport is strictly prohibited, and hunting and trapping for legitimate needs is permissible only when it is done in the least painful way possible.”Ó In Proverbs 12; 10The righteous care for the needs of their animals. Matthew Henry penned these words, “Ò A godly man would not put even an animal to needless pain.

”Ó Furthermore Judaism one-on-one states, “ÒUnder Jewish law, animals have some of the same rights as humans do. Animals rest on Shabbat, as humans do (Ex. 20:10). We are forbidden to muzzle an ox to prevent it from eating while it is working in the field. 25:4), just as we must allow human workers to eat from the produce they are harvesting 23:25-26). Animals can partake of the produce from fields lying fallow during the sabbatical year (Ex. 23:11). “ÒIf you meet your enemy’s ox or his donkey wandering away, you shall surely return it to him. 5 If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying helpless under its load, you shall refrain from leaving it to him, you shall surely release it with him. Furthermore its states, Deuteronomy 22; 1- 4b; 3 b, You are not allowed to neglect them. 4 You shall not see your countryman’s donkey, or his ox fell down on the way, and paid no attention to them; you shall yes help him to raise them up.  The law forbids animals to work on the Sabbath, Deuteronomy 5:14 (commandment 4/10):“Ò  nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle.”Ó Six days thou shalt do thy work, but on the seventh-day thou shalt rest; that thine ox and thine ass may have rest. Jacob, Moses, and King David were all shepherds, people who cared for animals (Gen. 30, Ex. 31, I Sam. 17).  As Proverbs 27:23 elegantly put it  Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks [and] look well to thy herds. When the Israelite departed from Egypt until Jesus came on the scene roughly billion animals were sacrifice because of mankind sin. Is the sheep, goats, dove pigeons, and other animals still exist or have they become extinct? Even it Jesus times there were plenty of sheep, goats, dove pigeons, and other animals still in exist. Jesus would replace the sheep, goats.and dove pigeons. As John the Baptist would declare,“Ò the Lamb of God that takes the sins of the world.”Ó To me as Christians we’re responsibilities to treat all animals with respect. Lastly in Ecclesiastes 3:19-20 Humans and animals have the sa me destiny. One dies just like the other. All of them have the same breath of life. 

Again lastly since God enacted the sacrificial system and slew the first animal due mankind sins, and create all living creatures, and sovereign over all of them, and has power to create more, As scripture declares, “Ò for every animal of the forest is Mine, the cattle on a thousand hills.”Ó  For example, there’re plenty of sheep goats, turtle doves and doves despite millions upon millions that were sacrifice alter during old testament era/



Tent Of Meeting

Tent of meeting or tabernacle is defined as; A tent pitched by Moses outside the Israelite camp in the wilderness. There, Moses met with God and others would enquire of the Lord. God’s presence was shown there by a pillar of cloud. It seems to predate the construction and setting up of the tabernacle, after which, the term became synonymous with the tabernacle or a portable  and provisional sanctuary, where God met His people. Found in Ex 33:7.

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