The Lamb of God Was a Goat! Part 2
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Bill Kochman

Published On :
January 14, 1999

Last Updated :
January 3, 2009


Feast Of Firstfruits, Firstfruits Of The Resurrection, Jesus
Is Our Final Peace Offering, Jesus Is Our Passover Lamb, The
Children Of Darkness, Two Passovers, Two Moseses, Two Egypts
Spiritual Freedom Through Christ, Isaiah's Messianic Prophecy
Defining Lamb In The New Testament, Parable Of Prodigal Son




In trying to understand how Jesus came to be represented by
an unblemished lamb in the New Testament, as well as in our
modern age, even though the Mosaic Law clearly mandated that
a goat be used as an atonement for sin, it seems that part
of our answer may be found in the Feast of the Firstfruits.
Allow me to share with you once again the following verses
found in the Book of Leviticus regarding this holy Jewish
ceremony:

"Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When
ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall
reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the
firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: And he shall
wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on
the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it. And
ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf an he lamb
without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto
the LORD." (Leviticus 23:10-12)

"And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the
sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave
offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: Even unto the
morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days;
and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD. Ye
shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two
tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be
baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the LORD.
And ye shall offer with the bread seven lambs without
blemish of the first year, and one young bullock, and two
rams: they shall be for a burnt offering unto the LORD, with
their meat offering, and their drink offerings, even an
offering made by fire, of sweet savour unto the LORD. Then
ye shall sacrifice one kid of the goats for a sin offering,
and two lambs of the first year for a sacrifice of peace
offerings." (Leviticus 23:15-19)

In the previous verses, the word 'lamb' is derived from the
Hebrew word 'kebes'; which as we saw in part one, means a
lamb, sheep or young ram. It is not derived from the Hebrew
word 'seh'; which can mean either a young sheep or a young
goat. Thus, this unblemished lamb which was sacrificed on
the first day of the Feast of Firstfruits, was definitely a
young sheep. In like manner, those which were offered up to
the Lord fifty days later, were also young sheep, and not
goats. However, let us not forget that a 'kid of the goats'
was still used for the sin offering; and that in the Hebrew
language, 'kid' is derived from the word 'sa`iyr', which
means hairy, he-goat or buck.

One fact which we know with all certainty, is that in the
New Testament, Jesus is referred to as the Firstfruits of
the Resurrection; which makes a clear association with this
annual feast. Not only that, but we are likewise referred to
as the firstfruits of Him who is the Firstborn of the Dead.
Consider the following verses which verify these facts:

"But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the
firstfruits of them that slept...But every man in his own
order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are
Christ's at his coming." (1 Corinthians 15:20, 23)

"For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth
in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves
also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we
ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption,
to wit, the redemption of our body." (Romans 8:22-23)

"Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we
should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures."
(James 1:18)

"These are they which were not defiled with women; for they
are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb
whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men,
being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb."
(Revelation 14:4)

"For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be
conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the
firstborn among many brethren." (Romans 8:29)

"Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to
be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who
hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath
translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we
have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of
sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn
of every creature:...And he is the head of the body, the
church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead;
that in all things he might have the preeminence."
(Colossians 1:12-15, 18)

"To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which
are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to
the spirits of just men made perfect," (Hebrews 12:23)

It seems then that the New Testament Apostles made a clear
association between the unblemished lamb which was killed
during the first day of the Feast of Firstfruits, and the
Lord Himself, who is the Firstfruits of the Spirit. Perhaps
the fact that additional lambs were sacrificed fifty days
later, has some deeper significance which may be related to
our own glorious future, in some way which we do not yet
understand. Time will certainly tell.

While this relationship appears to provide us with some
evidence as to why Jesus may now be associated with a lamb
instead of a goat, by itself, it is still a weak argument.
That is because this is not the only feast which the early
Disciples associated with the Lord. If you are familiar with
the writings of the Apostle Paul, you may also know that he
made an association between Jesus and the unblemished lambs
which were sacrificed during the peace offerings as well;
however, as you will now see, these 'lambs' were not always
real offspring from sheep. As we saw a moment ago, the two
lambs which were offered for a peace offering during the
Feast of Fruitfruits, definitely were two young sheep, based
upon the actual Hebrew word used in the verses; however, in
the third chapter of Leviticus, where the Lord also gives
instructions regarding peace offerings, we are told that
they can be lambs or goats. Consider the following verses:

"And if his oblation be a sacrifice of peace offering, if he
offer it of the herd; whether it be a male or female, he
shall offer it without blemish before the LORD...If he offer
a lamb for his offering, then shall he offer it before the
LORD...And if his offering be a goat, then he shall offer it
before the LORD." (Leviticus 3:1, 7, 12)

In the following instructions found in the Book of Ezekiel,
which were received by the Prophet about nine hundred years
after the Laws were first given to Moses, and approximately
six hundred years before the Sacrifice of Christ, the Hebrew
word translated here as 'lamb', is actually 'seh'; which as
you may remember, can refer to either a lamb or a goat. This
is the same word which was used to describe the Passover
lamb. Thus, based upon this evidence, we cannot conclusively
say that all peace offerings were made with the offspring of
sheep; even though this is what was used in the case of the
Feast of Firstfruits:

"And one lamb out of the flock, out of two hundred, out of
the fat pastures of Israel; for a meat offering, and for a
burnt offering, and for peace offerings, to make
reconciliation for them, saith the Lord GOD. All the people
of the land shall give this oblation for the prince in
Israel. And it shall be the prince's part to give burnt
offerings, and meat offerings, and drink offerings, in the
feasts, and in the new moons, and in the sabbaths, in all
solemnities of the house of Israel: he shall prepare the sin
offering, and the meat offering, and the burnt offering, and
the peace offerings, to make reconciliation for the house of
Israel." (Ezekiel 45:15-17)

Notice though that the key point being made in the previous
verses, is that the purpose of the peace offerings was 'to
make reconciliation for the house of Israel'. As the Apostle
Paul tells us in the following verses which come right after
his discussion on the Firstfruits, Jesus Christ was also a
peace offering, because He brought peace between us, and God
the Father, by His own Blood on the Cross. In fact, both
Isaiah, and Jesus, tell us that He gives us this peace when
we believe in Him, and trust in His Name for our Salvation.
We can have this peace in our hearts, knowing that Jesus has
already made the necessary Reconciliation with the Father.
It is for this reason that Paul also tells us that we are
now able to boldly approach the Throne of Grace. Consider
these verses:

"For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness
dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his
cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him,
I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your
mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body
of his flesh through death, to present you holy and
unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:"
(Colossians 1:19-22)

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed
on thee: because he trusteth in thee." (Isaiah 26:3)

"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
(Philippians 4:7)

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as
the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be
troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27)

"For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with
the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points
tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore
come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain
mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."
(Hebrews 4:15-16)

Thus we can have peace with God the Father, through the Lord
Jesus Christ, our Prince of Peace; who, like the unblemished
lamb, or goat, of the Old Testament, also offered up Himself
as a final Sacrifice of Peace.

As I stated in part one, one of the most obvious reasons as
to why Jesus is viewed as being a small, white lamb, is due
to the misconception involving the first Passover in Egypt.
As we have already seen, the Passover 'lamb' was actually a
goat or a lamb. This connection between our Lord and that
first Passover meal in Egypt is even more profound than you
may realize. Upon reading the accounts found in the four
Gospels, we discover that our Lord was also sacrificed on
the first day of the seven-day Feast of Unleavened Bread;
which began with the slaying of the Passover lamb on the
evening of the fourteenth day of the first Jewish month;
that is, the month Abib.

Please don't forget that in ancient Jewish life, and even
according to the Book of Genesis, the day actually began in
the evening, and continued until the next sundown. In other
words, when the ancient Israelites slew the Passover lamb on
the evening of the fourteenth day of the month of Abib, they
were actually beginning the fifteenth day. It was during the
first hours of this fifteenth day, that they began to eat
the unleavened bread, as well as the Passover lamb, and
continued to eat the lamb all through the night until the
morning hours of the fifteenth day. Consider the following
verses which prove these points:

"The feast of unlavened bread shalt thou keep. Seven days
thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, in the
time of the month Abib: for in the month Abib thou camest
out from Egypt." (Exodus 34:18)

"Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the
LORD thy God: for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God
brought thee forth out of Egypt by night."
(Deuteronomy 16:1)

"And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the
same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of
Israel shall kill it in the evening...And they shall eat the
flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread;
and with bitter herbs they shall eat it...And ye shall let
nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which
remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with
fire...In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the
month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one
and twentieth day of the month at even."
(Exodus 12:6, 8, 10, 18)

As you will easily see from the following verses, it was at
the same time that the ancient Israelites ate the roasted
lamb, or goat, along with unleavened bread in the land of
Egypt, that approximately fifteen hundred years later, Jesus
would be in Jerusalem sharing the very same Passover meal
with His Disciples:

"And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the
passover, his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that
we go and prepare that thou mayest eat the passover?"
(Mark 14:12)

"And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve
apostles with him. And he said unto them, With desire I have
desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: For I
say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be
fulfilled in the kingdom of God. And he took the cup, and
gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among
yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the
fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. And
he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto
them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this
do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper,
saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is
shed for you." (Luke 22:14-20)

"...Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh
of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in
you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath
eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For
my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He
that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me,
and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live
by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by
me." (John 6:53b-57)

It was during the same hours that the Lord was smiting the
firstborn of Egypt beginning at midnight, that the wicked
Jewish Elders sent their Temple guards to arrest Jesus by
night as He prayed on the Mount of Olives in the company of
His Disciples. As Jesus had prophesied only hours earlier,
when the shepherd was smitten, His followers fled the scene
in fear. As both Jesus and Paul stated, the reason that the
Jews performed this act during the dead of night, aside from
the fact that it was the safest time to avoid an uproar with
the people, was because those Jewish Elders were children of
the night, and workers of darkness, who were afraid to come
to the Light, lest their evil works should be exposed by it.
Consider the following verses:

"And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all
the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of
Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the
captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of
cattle. And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his
servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry
in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one
dead. And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said,
Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and
the children of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as ye have
said. Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said,
and be gone; and bless me also. And the Egyptians were
urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the
land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men."
(Exodus 12:29-33)

"Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended
because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite
the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered
abroad." (Matthew 26:31)

"And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of
Olives; and his disciples also followed him...Then Jesus
said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and
the elders, which were come to him, Be ye come out, as
against a thief, with swords and staves? When I was daily
with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against
me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness. Then
took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high
priest's house. And Peter followed afar off."
(Luke 22:52-54)

"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the
world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because
their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth
the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds
should be reproved." (John 3:19-20)

"Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the
day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness."
(1 Thessalonians 5:5)

Notice the stark contrast in the previous verses. Just as
the Lord smote the wicked unbelieving Egyptians with death
during the darkness of the night in order to liberate His
children, the wicked unbelieving Jews also smote the true
Son of God during the night with a sentence of death as
well. After an all night trial at Caiaphas' house, in the
early morning hours, we are told that the Jewish Elders
brought Jesus before the Roman procurator, Pontius Pilate,
at the hall of judgment. We all know what happened after
that. Just as the Lord had told the ancient Israelites to
destroy in the fire any meat which remained in the morning
from the Passover meal, fifteen hundred years later, the
wicked Jews also destroyed Jesus on the Cross between the
hours of about twelve noon and three o'clock; after they had
beaten, slapped, whipped and spit upon the meat of His flesh
earlier in the day through their proxies the Romans:

"Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of
judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not
into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but
that they might eat the passover." (John 18:28)

"And as soon as it was day, the elders of the people and the
chief priests and the scribes came together, and led him
into their council, saying,...And they said, What need we
any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of his own
mouth. And the whole multitude of them arose, and led him
unto Pilate...And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto
Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also
was at Jerusalem at that time...And it was about the sixth
hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the
ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the
temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with
a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my
spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost."
(Luke 22:66, 71, 23:1, 7, 44-46)

The sharp contrast in these parallel Passover stories is
quite amazing. In the original Passover, the Lord sent His
Prophet Moses to free His children from physical bondage in
Egypt. After performing many mighty miracles, this mission
was finally accomplished; but not before the Lord had taken
the lives of the firstborn of the Egyptians. Now consider
the parallel which occurred during the First Century. First
of all, remember that Moses had prophesied that the Lord
would send another Prophet similar to himself. I discuss
this topic in a number of other articles, such as 'The Two
Sackcloth Witnesses', and 'Famous Forties: One Of God's
Special Numbers?':

"The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the
midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye
shall hearken;" (Deuteronomy 18:15)

Some fifteen hundred years later, some of the descendants of
these very same Israelites, would kill their Liberator who
sought to free them from the bondage of sin, death, and the
Mosaic Law. Just as the Lord smote the firstborn in the land
of Egypt, the unbelieving Elders smote the Firstborn of the
Dead; who was also the Firstfruits of the Resurrection. Just
as the first Moses had performed many mighty miracles prior
to their liberation, we are told that the latter day Moses,
that is, Jesus Christ, also performed many mighty miracles
during the time of His Earthly Ministry, before He also gave
us true liberation by His Death on the Cross.

In other words, while the ancient Israelites were liberated
from physical bondage in Egypt, the latter Jews rejected the
truth, and thus their liberation from the spiritual Egypt of
being enslaved to the Mosaic Law. The Apostle Paul seems to
clearly indicate that this is why the Apostle John refers to
Jerusalem as the spiritual Egypt in the Book of Revelation.
They were, and are, still enslaved to the letter of the Law
for their Salvation, and have never experienced the freedom
of the Spirit which comes only through faith in Jesus Christ.
This is why Paul tells us that Jerusalem is still in bondage
with her children. What an amazing truth! Consider the
following verses which clearly explain all of these things:

"Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye
continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye
shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free...If
the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free
indeed." (John 8:31-32, 36)

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed
me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal
the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives,
and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them
that are bruised," (Luke 4:18)

"For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is
that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is
a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of
the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose
praise is not of men, but of God." (Romans 2:28-29)

"For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to
fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby
we cry, Abba, Father...Because the creature itself also
shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the
glorious liberty of the children of God." (Romans 8:15, 21)

"And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who
came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in
Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:"
(Galatians 2:4)

"But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known
of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements,
whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?"
(Galatians 4:9)

"Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear
the law? For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the
one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was
of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the
freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for
these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai,
which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is
mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now
is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which
is above is free, which is the mother of us all."
(Galatians 4:21-26)

"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath
made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of
bondage." (Galatians 5:1)

"And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great
city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where
also our Lord was crucified." (Revelation 11:8)

Having now thoroughly explained the deep significance of the
Passover meal, let us return now to our discussion on sheep,
lambs and goats. Several hundred years before Ezekiel, about
the time of the Assyrian invasion, Isaiah was inspired by
the Lord to write the Messianic fifty-third chapter of his
book. As some of us are aware, this prophetic chapter deals
with the sufferings of Christ, our Passover Lamb. Allow me
to bring verse seven to your attention:

"He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not
his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as
a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his
mouth." (Isaiah 53:7)

In the above verse, the word 'lamb' is translated from the
Hebrew word 'seh'; which as we already know, can mean either
a lamb or a goat. In the same verse, the word 'sheep' comes
from the Hebrew word 'rachel', pronounced raw-kale', which
means a female sheep; that is, a ewe. The fact that these
two words are used in the same verse, may imply that 'lamb'
is meant to be understood as being a young sheep, and not as
a goat. This may indicate that by Isaiah's time, the coming
Messiah was beginning to be symbolically viewed more as a
young sheep, and not as a young goat. The fact that Isaiah
was inspired by the Lord's very own Spirit, may also be an
indication that Jesus Himself was showing His personal
preference for being viewed as a lamb, and not as a goat.

Regardless of when this change may have occurred, one thing
is for certain; in the New Testament, the word 'lamb' is
derived from the Greek word 'arnion', pronounced ar-nee'-on,
as well as from the Greek word 'amnos', which is pronounced
am-nos'. Both of these words mean a lamb, or a young lamb.
It does not seem likely that these words are referring to a
young goat; because the one time that the word 'kid' is used
in the New Testament, it is derived from the Greek word
'eriphos', pronounced er'-if-os, which means a young goat.
This is in the following verses found in the Parable of the
Prodigal Son:

"And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father
hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him
safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in:
therefore came his father out, and intreated him. And he
answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I
serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy
commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I
might make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy
son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots,
thou hast killed for him the fatted calf."
(Luke 15:27-30)

The more I study the Word of God, the more I am amazed by
how many precious jewels are hidden within its pages. I must
admit that for the first time, I fully understand what the
above verses are all about. You see, perhaps like some of
you, I have always assumed that this man simply held a party
because his wayward son had come to his senses and returned
home; however, there is much more to this story than what
meets the eye. Based upon everything that we have studied
thus far in this series, I believe that what the Lord may
really be describing in the previous verses, is that this
thankful father offered a sacrifice and an atonement for the
sins of his foolish son, who had abandoned the ways of his
Father in Heaven. Remember, Jesus is using this Parable in
order to show the contrast between a repentant sinner, like
the common people who received Him, and the self-righteous
people, like the Scribes and the Pharisees, who did not
accept Him as their much-needed Savior. This is verified by
simply looking at the verse which leads into this Parable:

"Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of
the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth."
(Luke 15:10)

In the Parable of the Prodigal Son, the 'fatted calf' is
none other than the sacrificial bullock which we find being
used throughout the Old Testament, as well as in the New
Testament; and the 'kid' which the man killed, was for the
sins of his son. It is easy to see that the Lord was using
it to represent Himself; who as we already know, was indeed
the Sacrificial Goat who was slain for the atonement of our
sins. Notice that the jealous son makes a clear connection
between the goat and the sins of his brother with the phrase
'neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet
thou never gavest me a kid'; as well as with the phrase
'which hath devoured thy living with harlots'.

Can you see the profound lesson in the Lord's words? He is
actually showing how deeply deluded the Jewish Elders really
were. The elder son was basically saying 'Father, my younger
brother is just a dirty sinner; yet you have gone and killed
both the fatted calf and the kid for him! He doesn't deserve
it!'. He was so blind to the truth, that he didn't even know
that this is precisely why his father had killed the goat;
because it was necessary to make atonement for his brother's
sins. In like manner, the Scribes and the Pharisees didn't
understand why Jesus had to die for their sins either.

You see, in his pride, just like the self-righteous Scribes
and the Pharisees, the elder son was very careful to keep
all of the rules laid down by his father. Perhaps like them,
he felt that he didn't even need a sin atonement, because he
was so perfect; yet the minute his father killed the goat in
order to atone for the sins of his younger son, the elder
son became jealous. In like manner, God the Father sent His
Son to die for our sins; and we humbly and gratefully accept
it; while the foolish unbelievers of the world believe that
there is nothing wrong with them. It is the deceptive New
Age belief of 'I'm okay; you're okay. There is no right and
wrong. There is no such thing as sin. There are really no
absolutes. Just do what feels good, and seems good, in your
own eyes'. Only too late will these fools realize the folly
of their ways when we are happily received by the Father,
because we have accepted the Sacrifice of His Son, while
they have rejected it, and have felt that it wasn't even
necessary, because they think they are okay just the way
they are.

In the final part of this series, we will conclude our
discussion of this subject by taking a look at such topics
as defining the Greek word 'probaton', the Law of Moses in
the New Testament, goats in the New Testament, being dead to
the Law, targetting God's sheep, the hungry sheep versus the
unbelieving goats, our true Shepherd, being bought with a
Price, the Lamb of God, our eternal High Priest, prayerful
study of God's Word, sanitization of the KJV Bible, slaves
and goats, and the strong delusion of the Antichrist and
the final Temple. I trust that you will join me.

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