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The Term Scapegoat Originates From Hebrew

Once a Year, on The Day of Atonement, the High Priest Entered the Holy of Holies
With the Blood of a Goat to Atone, (Cover) for the sins of the people.

Hight Priest Day of Atonement

“Then he shall slaughter the goat of the sin offering which is for the people, and bring its blood inside the veil and do with its blood as he did with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and in front of the mercy seat. Leviticus 16:15 

First “Casting Lots” to Choose Between Two Goats:

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Aaron shall Cast Lots for the two goats, one lot for the LORD, (YHVH) and the other lot for the Scapegoat. Leviticus 16:8 

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Casting Lots is mentioned multiply times in the Bible.  They even Cast Lots for Y’shua’s clothing as He was dying, Psalm 22:18Matthew 27:35

The Azazel or Scapegoat Represents The Entire Removal of Sin

Leviticus 16:10
“But the goat on which the lot for the scapegoat fell shall be presented alive before the LORD (YHVH), to make atonement upon it, to send it into the wilderness as the scapegoat.

Today our Definition of a Scapegoat is Someone Who gets the Blame.

Was the original Scapegoat blamed for the confessed sins of the people?

Or did it symbolize the complete removal of the peoples sin from God’s presence?

“The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to a solitary land/uninhabited, (Gezerah #1509); and he shall release the goat in the wilderness/desert, (Midbar #4057b).” Leviticus 16:22  

Clearly the confessed sins of the people were symbolically placed on the head of the Scapegoat.  The goat was not blamed for their sin, it was simply led outside the camp, to a remote place, in the desert wilderness.

Personally, I wonder if that remote place in the desert wilderness is symbolic of, “The Outer Darkness” Y’shua, (Jesus) referred to in His Parables; Matthew 25:30Matthew 8:12Matthew 22:13…

As far as the East is from the West, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12; Hebrews 9:26

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Developing an Eye for the Scorpion

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Moving to Arizona, from the state of Washington, I was pretty oblivious about scorpions.  I’d actually only seen the big black kind on the television and equated them with pure evil and death.  So you can imagine my fear when I discovered the first bark scorpion in my house.

“Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?” Luke 11:12

The Bible even used the scorpion as a metaphor for something that was the opposite of Good.  My exaggerated fear did eventually subside as I learned how to avoid this new danger.  Unlike the Brown Recluse or Black widow spider, the scorpion seemed fearlessly blind and clueless to retreat when it was discovered.

The first time I noticed this was when I was sitting on the floor in the middle of my living room and I spotted a very small, dark shadow moving toward me, like it had a heat seeking radar.  It was a long way off, so this time I was able to remain calm and observe as it slowly made its way across the shag carpet.

When it got close I jumped up to grab a glass jar.  I noticed my quick movement caused it to freeze and flatten itself out from its previous, high stepping, curly tailed, posture.  Somehow it was able to make itself look like a very thin, flat piece of paper, something one could easily mistake for a dead leaf.

It was easy for me to capture it as it continued to play dead, but when I forced it inside with a piece of cardboard and put the lid on, it puffed back up and began thrashing its tail violently.

I’ve lived in Arizona for over thirty years now and finding the occasional scorpion in my home has become a normal part of life.  Last night I was prompted to write this after spotting the tell-tale, dark shadow on the carpet of a dark bedroom as I passed by.  It brought back the memory of my first dark shadow experience but this time I realized something that gave me comfort;

I have Developed an Eye for the Scorpion

Adapting to the possibility of a venomous sting makes it second nature to shake shoes before putting them on, keeping everything up off the floor, even if you’re not tidy, and no more feeling around in your cupboards where you can’t see or jumping into bed without a quick check.  If you get up at night, and don’t want to disturb anyone by turning on the light, you learn to keep flip flops by your bed, because walking barefoot in the dark is like playing Russian roulette with a scorpion.  It is more likely to freeze in the path of your next step than to run out of your way.

Scorpions lurk in dark places, especially warm, moist environments.  If I ever want to check to see if a scorpion might be hiding somewhere all I have to do is leave a warm, damp cloth on the floor overnight.  In the morning I shake the cloth and the scorpion freezes, as if I can’t see it if it doesn’t move.  This makes it easier to capture, although I occasionally miss as it scurries toward the nearest wall, at least now, I know they don’t attack like a bee protecting its hive.

Scorpions Sting Because We Don’t See Them

People come in contact with Scorpions, in countless ways, when they aren’t looking for them.  If we stick our hand into a dark place without first checking it with a light, and continue walking barefoot in the dark, sitting on, rolling over on, or putting on clothes without checking them in the light, that’s when we get stung.

I have learned venomous scorpions, spiders and snakes work hard to produce their venom and they need it to live.  They don’t waste it on things they don’t eat, unless they have to.  Their actions are as predictable as their existence in keeping the desert vermin and insect population under control.

Unlike the scorpion, we are made to walk in the light.  The Light, both figuratively and literally, illuminates the harmful things in this life.  It is possible to develop an eye for the scorpion and avoid them by cautiously shining light on those dark shadows.

“Your Word is a lamp to my feet And a Light to my path.” Psalm 119:105

In the Way of Righteousness is Life, And in its pathway there is no death.” Proverbs 12:28

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Are There Forbidden Words?

“…The mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.” Matthew 12:34

Words Matthew 12 36, 37

“Death and Life are in the power of the tongue…”  Proverbs 18:21

“The one who guards his mouth preserves his Life…” Proverbs 13:3

Words not only reveal the condition of our inner most being, they actually have more power than we really understand.

Having the freedom to choose our words doesn’t mean our bad choices are harmless.

If we recognize words as being Life giving or Life taking, would we ever allow our mouth to have control?

Wouldn’t we want to make a list and know the definitions of exactly what they mean?

Slanderous, deceitful, bitter, angry, rage-filled, malicious, foolish, demeaning, obscene, idol, vain, insulting, negative, abusive words, Psalm 37:8Colossians 3:8Ephesians 4:22Ephesians 4:29Ephesians 4:31Ephesians 5:4Matthew 15:19.

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All your children will be taught by (One True Teacher) YHVH:

Isaiah 54:13John 6:45Hebrews 8:11Jeremiah 31:341 John 2:201 John 2:271 Thessalonians 4:91 Corinthians 12:4Exodus 31:3Exodus 35:31

This is what YHVH says, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Yisrael:  I AM YHVH your God, who teaches you what is good, (beneficial) and leads you in the Way, (manner, actions, direction, example) you should go, (the path that leads to Life).

Isaiah 48 17

Only One is to be called our Teacher, Rabbi, Father, Leader, (Priest, Pastor, Imam, Counselor), Matthew 23:8-10.

People can cripple us spiritually when they teach us to put our trust in them, or in ourselves, YHVH has taught us to put our trust only in Him:  Psalm 118:8Psalm 40:4Psalm 108:12Psalm 146:3Isaiah 31:1Jeremiah 17:5Jeremiah 17:7Proverbs 3:5

“How blessed is the man who has made YHVH his trust, And has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood.” Psalm 40:4

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Prevailing Joy

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Offended?  Angry?  Hurt?  Feeling justified by your right to own every negative thought that enters your mind?

Feeling helpless against the adrenaline flow that accompanies our most stressful emotional attacks?

What if we could see these were all lies?  What if we recognized them as chains holding us in bondage to bitterness, hate and negativity?  Would we willingly allow their poison to destroy us from the inside if we knew?

Each time we fall as victims of our emotions it is because we do not know the Truth.  John 8:32

“…in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”  Romans 8:37

When we feel angry we are to prevail over our emotions that same day. Ephesians 4:26

“Do not be overcome by bad, but overcome bad with good.”  Romans 12:21

“…greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

Man’s anger keeps him from doing what is Right.  James 1:20

Prevailing Joy

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:2

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There is healing, wholeness, deliverance, salvation, freedom from every chain or lie that has ever held us in bondage to our egos.

Those who prevail know the Love and Mercy of their Creator, personally and intimately.  Those who have received His Love and Mercy will have it to give.  Matthew 7:16

A heart filled with love, praise, gratitude, peace and joy cannot also contain an offended ego.

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The Great I AM is Sovereign

Most people of faith would agree there is One Sovereign over All, but they continue to fear the dark.

Is He Sovereign, even over The Darkness of Deception?

 “I AM said, ‘Who will entice Ahab to go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ And one said this while another said that. “Then a spirit came forward and stood before I AM and said, ‘I will entice him.’  “I AM said to him, ‘How?  (question added for translation) ‘ And he said, ‘I will go out and be a deceiving spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ Then He said, ‘You are to entice him and also prevail. Go and do so.‘…1 Kings 22:21,22

“Now therefore, behold, YHVH, (I AM) has put a deceiving spirit in the mouth of these your prophets, for I AM has proclaimed disaster against you.” 2 Chronicles 18:22

“…they are spirits of demons, (lies) performing signs, which go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of YHVH (I AM), the Almighty.”  Revelation 16:14 

“…false Messiahs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect.  “Behold, I have told you in advance.” Matthew 24:24

“…even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel (the good news of the Kingdom) contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be cursed!”  Galatians 1:8

“For this reason God (I AM) will send upon them a deceiving influence/spirit so that they will believe what is false,” 2 Thessalonians 2:11

So Who is Sovereign Over The Darkness of Deception?

“The arrogance of your heart has deceived you,” Obadiah 1:3

That’s right, The Great I AM is Sovereign, even over deception.  It is the darkness of deception that reveals the arrogant/exalted/proud/haughty heart.

“Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted. Matthew 23:12Proverbs 29:23; James 4:10

“Therefore, putting aside every bad thing, in humility receive the implanted Word, which is able to save your souls.” James 1:21

Every bad thing covers darkness, it’s nothing more than the absence of good.  The Hebrew word Ra is usually translated into English as Evil but it means everything bad; even those everyday issues we struggle with as we strive to be humble.

Ra is the Reason We Argue and Fight  

The cause of strife, hate and war is arrogance, selfishness and pride battling for control.

“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?” James 4:1

It’s the Only Reason We Fear People More Than We Fear God

I AM is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me? Psalm 118:6Psalm 56:11Isaiah 51:12

“I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do.” Luke 12:4

“Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 10:39

If we are afraid of what people can do to us, and refuse to love one another, than we are still deceived.

But from there you will seek Me, (I AM) and you will find Me if you search with all your heart and all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29Jeremiah 29:13

“All your children will be taught by I AM, and great will be their Peace.” Hebrews 8:11; Isaiah 54:13Jeremiah 31:34

“It is written in the prophets, ‘AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF I AM.” John 6:45

The deceptions, or doctrines of man, create division, confusion, fear, strife and war.  None of which exist in The Kingdom of Peace. 1 Timothy 6:4

The Good News is that everyone who humbly seeks the King of the Universe finds His Kingdom. Matthew 7:7

“I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved,” John 10:9

Salvation/Freedom is from deception when we know the Truth, John 8:32

Y’shua (Jesus) is the promised One, Messiah, Seed, Son, Salvation, The Word, The Way, The Truth, The Life, The Light, The Door….Genesis 3:15; John 1:14John 1:4John 4:25John 14:61 John 5:10…

If we say we are servants of the King of the Universe, The Great I AM, yet remain powerless over our own words and actions, our hearts remain deceived; Titus 1:162 Timothy 3:5James 1:26

The one who does not love does not know God, (I AM), for God Is Love. 1 John 4:8 1 John 3:10

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Dear precious Granddaughter,

May you represent the last generation of those who did not test every teaching to see whether it was true or false.

In light of the questions you may be struggling with when someone you know dies; What is True, who is God, what is hell, where do bad people go when they die, who is the devil and who are His angels?

Truth can withstand scrutiny; it is as unchanging as gravity and does not vary to the left or to the right but hangs as straight as a plum line.  We have been instructed to test everything we believe by holding it up to YHVH’s, (Yah for short) plum line of Truth.

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from Yah, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1

In the beginning of our Spiritual growth we are like babies, we need spiritual milk and depend on the guidance and encouragement from other people.  As we mature Spiritually, by time spent in prayer, we learn to depend more on The Spirit of Wisdom and Truth,  John 14:261 John 2:27Jeremiah 31:34.

The Spirit of Truth is implanted within every heart and those who humbly and devotedly seek it are promised to find it. James 1:21,  1 John 4:1; Deuteronomy 4:29:  Jeremiah 29:13

I hope you can find a globe or a map of the world to examine for awhile.  Have you ever wondered why we believe what we believe?  Imagine if you had been born in a different part of the world?  Depending on our cultural and family influences, we develop our own private logic..  I am going to ask you to try your best to be aware of your private logic, some of it may be sub-conscious, then push it aside while we explore some of these little known discoveries.

Our Western Hellenized Cultural Translations vs an Original Eastern Text

The original Eastern Hebrew and Aramaic of the Bible, most importantly the Torah and Prophets, contain idioms, phrases, word structures, terms and poetic patterns, common at that time and to that region.  These meanings did not translate precisely into 4th century BC, Greek and later into 4th Century AD Latin.  Because most of the British English translations originated from these translations we have unknowingly incorporated a Westernized, Hellenized, Greek and Roman influence.

This mix is called syncretism and I want you to learn to test every teaching, that exist in world religions of today, to see how much has been added, changed and taken away since the time of Y’shuah, Jesus. Proverbs 30:6Deuteronomy 4:2Deuteronomy 12:32Revelation 22:18.

“These were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.” Acts 17:11

Here is the original Hebrew and then the added or lost meaning that occurred in translation:

Who is God?

1. YHVH-LORD.  YHVH is the only Name our Creator referred to as His Name forever, Exodus 3:15.  It means, I Am Who I Am, He was, is and always will be, or He Exists.  It was replaced by the capital LORD over 6,800 times, not including the New Testament.

The term God was used to describe all pagan deities in Greek.  Later Teutonic mythology adopted the same word god, referring to all pagan gods and the Creator God alike.

What is Hell?

2.  Sheol-Place of the dead or grave.  There is no teaching of a place called Hell or Hell fire in Hebrew.  This concept did not exist until the Greek translation Hades replaced the Hebrew word Sheol.  Along with Hades came the pagan mythology attached to the god of the underworld with the flesh burning punishment of the wicked in the eternal inferno..

What is the original definition of wicked and evil?

 3.  Ra-Every bad thing, this includes adversity, calamity, stumbling block, obstacle; but does not define wickedness, although most often translated into English as evil.

Who or What is the Devil?

4.  Yetzer Hara- The evil or bad inclination within everyone.  Most often translated Devil, the word evil with the letter D. The term Demons does not exist in the original Hebrew.  Check New Testament phrases like, “He casts out demons,” in Hebrew it would be interpreted, “He restores sanity.”  The phrase Yetzer Hara contains the word Ra, simply meaning the bad inclinations.

“The One (YHVH) forming light and creating darkness, Causing well-being (Tov) and creating calamity (Ra); I am the LORD YHVH who does all these.”  Isaiah 45:7

Who are the Angels?

4.  Malak-Messenger of YHVH, translated angel.  All angels or messengers are of YHVH do His will and in complete obedience to Him, not opposing Him.  Angels are sent for testing, disciplining, guiding, guarding, protecting, destroying etc….Isaiah 37:36;1 Chronicles 21:15Galatians 1:8.

Origin of the name Lucifer

5.  Helel-Shining one, translated into Latin as Lucifer. Lucifer was a common name until it became associated with evil. This name means shining one but also carries with it the Roman pagan meaning of Morning star and Son of dawn, see Jupiter and Venus mythology.

Original Hebrew has no teaching of a beautiful choir leading angel named Lucifer.  Although English translations insert Lucifer, Satan, the Devil, the Serpent and the Dragon as the name for this angel, it is an angel of YHVH and under His complete control.

(In complete contrast to the Hebraic view, the Westernized idea of Lucifer is that of an almost equal power to YHVH.  This is the story I grew up believing.  After deceiving a third of the angels into overthrowing their Creator’s heavenly Kingdom these revolting angels were cast to the earth to have a try at deceiving mankind.  Their only goal is revenge, knowing their fate is eternal hell fire. This is the reason they work day and night against YHVH, in order to take as many of us as possible with them,   Isaiah 14:12Revelation 12:9.)

There are a mess of names in the New Testament describing Nachash, the “dragon or serpent called the devil or satan, will be bound for a thousand years.” Revelation 20:2

The Hebraic View of the Serpent, Devil or Satan

6.  Nachash-Serpent.  An external influence or temptation.. The Nachash or Serpent is what we read about in the story of Adam and Eve.  When they ate from the Tree of the knowledge of Ra and Tov and were given knowledge and awareness of bad and good.  Although we now all face these external influences it is first our, internal inclination to do bad, that we battle against.as we learn to overcome,Revelation 3:21.

“Each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust (or inclination to do bad.)” James 1:14

Why does Satan exist?

7.  HaSatanSatan meaning Adversary, not an evil principle opposing YHVH but an adversary for mankind to overcome.  See Ra includes adversity. Romans 12:211 John 4:4Revelation 2:7.

Would it be possible to understand good without bad?  No, becasue we cannot judge something to be good if we cannot compare it to something bad.

If we were never tempted to do the things that we are not supposed to do, then not doing them would be of no value to us.

It is only in coming up against a desire to do what is wrong and overcoming this that we grow spiritually mature.

If there is no resistance to overcome, we have no environment for growth.

By climbing over these obstacles in life, we develop our spiritual muscles, becoming complete, whole, lacking nothing, James 1:4.

In conclusion, I know you will come across many teachers who use the same math to come up with the same answers.  I hope this letter has given you new questions and a new formula for checking Truth.  Seeking the original Hebrew Scriptures for yourself and not being swayed by the opinions or teachings of the world.

“I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” Jeremiah 31:33

“Whoever does not love, (mercy, compassion,) does not know God,Yah, because God, Yah is love.” 1 John 4:8

“For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” Matthew 5:18

We are here for a purpose that will one day be revealed.  When we take the effort to know YHVH and find that He is Good we can trust Him fully in the midst of all the Ra.  We can overcome every fear, even our worst fear of death. Hebrews 2:15

With all my love, Joy and shalom aleichem,

Grandma K

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