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Re: One Goat  (Numbers 28-29)

"Command the children of Israel, and say to them, My offering, My food
for My offerings by fire as a soothing aroma unto Me, you shall take
heed to offer to Me at their appointed times." (Num28:2)

These two chapters summarize, in quick order, all the various offerings
Israel was to sacrifice, along with the amounts of flour, oil and wine
to be use for each type of animal sacrifice.

It covers the Morning and Evening daily sacrifices (28:4), the Sabbath
offerings (28:9), the offerings for the "beginnings of [the] months"
(28:11), along with the offerings for the pilgrimage feasts throughout
the year, from Passover (28:16) thru Sukkot (ch29).

Now, in 29:12 begins an eight-day period of time where they offer 
-many- animals, day-after-day.  They start out on the first day
offering 13 bulls, 2 rams and 14 lambs (28:13), and daily that number
decreases until on the eighth day they offer 1 bull, 1 ram and 7 lambs.
(28:36)

But, I wonder how many have ever noticed, while reading through all
these "boring" specifications, while -all- these animals are being
"burnt" (29:13) "with smoke" (Lev2:2,3:5,etc) as a "soothing aroma"
(29:13), that also, every day, there was...

"one goat as a sin offering" - "one kid of the goats as a sin offering"
(28:15,22,30, 29:5,11,16,19,22,25,28,31,34,38)

For all these offerings as a "soothing aroma" before God, done by
making the sacrifices "smoke" like a gigantic incense censer, in 
amongst all that fire, heat and smoke of these multitude of other 
animals is the little "kid of the goat". I'm reminded of Elijah at the
cave, and God brings along the fire, wind and earthquake, but God's
voice was only heard in the "still small voice" (1Kg19:12)  God's glory
was seen in the pillar of fire and smoke over Israel, but when Moses
and God communicated, Moses went to the "tent of meeting". (Lev1:1)

When Jesus died on the cross to take away our sin, His disciples, even, 
scattered from Him. He was all "alone" on the cross. Everyone was 
"staring" at Him. (Ps22:17) He felt forsaken (Ps22:1) But His work on 
that cross "As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed 
our transgressions from us." (Ps103:12)

Jesus' death fulfilled the annual ritual of the "scapegoat". (Lev16)
The blood of a bull was used to purify the high priest in order that he
could fulfill the rest for the congregation, without being struck down
dead due to his own sin.  But it was the blood of the one goat that the
thusly-purified priest then took and sprinkled in the Holy of Holies,
for the sin of the congregation. Once the sacrifies had been made, and
the blood sprinkled, then the priest would lay his hands on the head of
the live goat, symbolizing the laying of Israel's 'sin' upon the goat, 
and it would be led out into the wilderness 'alone', symbolizing the 
TAKING AWAY of the sin of the whole congregation.

Some people think that salvation has come by various means, depending
upon which 'dispensation' a person lived. They think that some were
saved by offering animals, others by keeping the Law (thus "works), and
others by faith-alone. But as Numbers ch28-29 review all the sacrifices
throughout all the feasts, as we considered from Leviticus ch23 how
they represent the various dispensations, throughout all these feasts
there was the common theme...the:

"one kid of the goats as a sin offering"..."the Lamb slain from the
foundation of the world." (Rev13:8)

No matter the dispensation, salvation has ALWAYS been through Jesus
Christ, the "Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world". (Jn1:29)
And salvation has ALWAYS been based on the "precious blood of Christ,
as of a lamb without blemish and without spot" (1Pt1:19) who "loved us
and washed us from our sins in His own blood" (Rev1:5)

And man's receiving of Christ (Jn1:12) has always been based on "grace 
through faith". (Eph2:8-9) By faith Abel offered an acceptable 
sacrifice (Heb11:4), and Abraham "believed God" (Rom4:3, Gen15:6) 
"Faith" is not only a N.T. doctrine.  Salvation has ALWAYS been based 
on belief "on the Lord Jesus Christ" (Acts16:31) based on the sacrifice
of the...

"one goat as a sin offering" (Num29:38) ...the "Lamb slain from the
foundation of the world." (Rev13:8)

Amen!
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