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Lesson 12

Both of the Yom Kippur Goats were perfect. Humans could not tell which one was for God. God alone recognized the difference and made his choice. From the start humans have never been good at recognising who they should believe. Satan’s ways have always been appealing to us and have led mankind away from God and into sin. Satan will not escape from his part in our sin. Responsibility for his actions will be on him. Following on the heels of Jesus’ return, the Azazel Goat represents the sins of mankind returning to the instigator of them. They are put where they belong and Satan is removed from humans and chained for a thousand years.

Fulfilling the goat sacrifice Jesus made atonement for us at his crucifixion. Satan will fulfill the Azazel goat’s role by being bound in the bottomless pit, away from humans and unable to influence them. In what ways are you influenced to sin by Satan?

Ezekiel 28:12-15 New King James Version
12 “Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “You were the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13 You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The sardius, topaz, and diamond, Beryl, onyx, and jasper, Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes Was prepared for you on the day you were created. 14 “You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. 15 You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you.

Isaiah 14:12-15 New American Standard Bible
12 How you have fallen from heaven, You star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who defeated the nations! 13 But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north. 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ 15 Nevertheless you will be brought down to Sheol, To the recesses of the pit.

2 Corinthians 11:14 International Children’s Bible
14 This does not surprise us. Even Satan changes himself to look like an angel of light.

Revelation 20:1-3 Revised Standard Version
20 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain. 2 And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, 3 and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years were ended. After that he must be loosed for a little while.

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