Posted by: biblestudyseattle | February 14, 2015

Azazel and Satan

“When he finishes atoning for the holy place and the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall offer the live goat.  Then Aaron shall lay both of his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over it all the iniquities of the sons of Israel and all their transgressions in regard to all their sins; and he shall lay them on the head of the goat and send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a man who stands in readiness.  The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to a solitary land; and he shall release the goat in the wilderness.”  Leviticus 16:20-22

Some have said that the two goats in the day of Atonement sacrifice are part of the same sacrifice and how could Satan be an offering?

“Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, “Come, assemble for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.”  And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.  And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone.  And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.”  Revelation 19:17-21

Here we have a picture of an offering composed of evil kings and the commanders of mighty men. Jesus is pictured as the high priest in white linen but spotted with blood from the day of Atonement sacrifice:

He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.  And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses.  From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.”  Revelation 19:13-15

But how can it be that the offering in this sacrifice are evil kings?  Yet that’s what it is.  Satan is represented in the Azazel goat.  This goat could also represent Jesus taking our sin away, as far as east is from west.  Some Jewish commentary:  http://jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/2203-azazel


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