Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Leviticus Chapter 16
Metaphysically Interpreting Leviticus 16:1-34
16:1And Jehovah spake unto Moses, after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they drew near before Jehovah, and died; 16:2and Jehovah said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the veil, before the mercy-seat which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy-seat. 16:3Herewith shall Aaron come into the holy place: with a young bullock for a sin-offering, and a ram for a burnt-offering. 16:4He shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall have the linen breeches upon his flesh, and shall be girded with the linen girdle, and with the linen mitre shall he be attired: they are the holy garments; and he shall bathe his flesh in water, and put them on. 16:5And he shall take of the congregation of the children of Israel two he-goats for a sin-offering, and one ram for a burnt-offering.
16:6And Aaron shall present the bullock of the sin-offering, which is for himself, and make atonement for himself, and for his house. 16:7And he shall take the two goats, and set them before Jehovah at the door of the tent of meeting. 16:8And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for Jehovah, and the other lot for Azazel. 16:9And Aaron shall present the goat upon which the lot fell for Jehovah, and offer him for a sin-offering. 16:10But the goat, on which the lot fell for Azazel, shall be set alive before Jehovah, to make atonement for him, to send him away for Azazel into the wilderness.
16:11And Aaron shall present the bullock of the sin-offering, which is for himself, and shall make atonement for himself, and for his house, and shall kill the bullock of the sin-offering which is for himself: 16:12and he shall take a censer full of coals of fire from off the altar before Jehovah, and his hands full of sweet incense beaten small, and bring it within the veil: 16:13and he shall put the incense upon the fire before Jehovah, that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy-seat that is upon the testimony, that he die not: 16:14and he shall take of the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it with his finger upon the mercy-seat on the east; and before the mercy-seat shall he sprinkle of the blood with his finger seven times.
16:15Then shall he kill the goat of the sin-offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the veil, and do with his blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy-seat, and before the mercy-seat: 16:16and he shall make atonement for the holy place, because of the uncleannesses of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions, even all their sins: and so shall he do for the tent of meeting, that dwelleth with them in the midst of their uncleannesses. 16:17And there shall be no man in the tent of meeting when he goeth in to make atonement in the holy place, until he come out, and have made atonement for himself, and for his household, and for all the assembly of Israel. 16:18And he shall go out unto the altar that is before Jehovah, and make atonement for it, and shall take of the blood of the bullock, and of the blood of the goat, and put it upon the horns of the altar round about. 16:19And he shall sprinkle of the blood upon it with his finger seven times, and cleanse it, and hallow it from the uncleannesses of the children of Israel.
16:20And when he hath made an end of atoning for the holy place, and the tent of meeting, and the altar, he shall present the live goat: 16:21and Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions, even all their sins; and he shall put them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a man that is in readiness into the wilderness: 16:22and the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a solitary land: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.
16:23And Aaron shall come into the tent of meeting, and shall put off the linen garments, which he put on when he went into the holy place, and shall leave them there: 16:24and he shall bathe his flesh in water in a holy place, and put on his garments, and come forth, and offer his burnt-offering and the burnt-offering of the people, and make atonement for himself and for the people. 16:25And the fat of the sin-offering shall he burn upon the altar. 16:26And he that letteth go the goat for Azazel shall wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp. 16:27And the bullock of the sin-offering, and the goat of the sin-offering, whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the holy place, shall be carried forth without the camp; and they shall burn in the fire their skins, and their flesh, and their dung. 16:28And he that burneth them shall wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp.
16:29And it shall be a statute for ever unto you: in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and shall do no manner of work, the home-born, or the stranger that sojourneth among you: 16:30for on this day shall atonement be made for you, to cleanse you; from all your sins shall ye be clean before Jehovah. 16:31It is a sabbath of solemn rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls; it is a statute for ever. 16:32And the priest, who shall be anointed and who shall be consecrated to be priest in his father's stead, shall make the atonement, and shall put on the linen garments, even the holy garments: 16:33and he shall make atonement for the holy sanctuary; and he shall make atonement for the tent of meeting and for the altar; and he shall make atonement for the priests and for all the people of the assembly. 16:34And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make atonement for the children of Israel because of all their sins once in the year. And he did as Jehovah commanded Moses.
August 16, 1907: Leviticus 16:5-22
This lesson centers about two goats, both to be sacrificed, one unto the Lord as a sin offering and the other unto Azazel, the prince of darkness. In the King James Version the latter is translated “scapegoat,” but according to the majority of modem scholars the meaning is “adversary” or great evil.
The goat symbolizes resistance and opposition. It is a phase of personality. We resist the Spirit on one hand, we resist our fellows on the other. These are the two goats. They are both up for denial. The resistance [to] the Lord is to be killed out entirely and the resistance [to] our fellows is to be sent into the wilderness, denied place in consciousness. We resist the Spirit, because we do not cultivate belief or faith in its existence. “Do you believe?” said Jesus. Do you have faith in the presence and power of an invisible and intangible something that makes itself manifest only in thought and feeling? The sense man says, “Show us the Father.” The Spirit replies, “Have I been so long a time with you, and dost thou not know me?”
We are surrounded on every side by evidences of this great Creative Power; we ought to believe from the standpoint of logic, the signs of the Great Mind are so many. Our attention is fixed too largely upon the things of form and shape, the result being a materialized consciousness that believes only in the evidences of the senses. All sins of non-belief in things Spiritual are to be atoned for by denying them place in consciousness, and affirming the presence and power of the mind of the Spirit, until we have a consciousness of our Spiritual identity and can say with Jesus, “He who hath seen me (Spirit) hath seen the Father.” This will kill the goat of resistance toward God.
Resistance toward evil is not to be wholly destroyed, but the nothingness of the thoughts of evil are to be lumped together and dumped into the wilderness of sense. This is the scapegoat that carries away all the iniquities of the children of Israel and loses them in the outer void.
This also illustrates the difference between sins toward God and sins toward men. There must be a complete and full union of the Father and child; every thought of obstruction or resistance must be done away with. It is very important that we make a complete atonement or at-one-ment with the Father. Our relation to our fellowmen is so complex that we are excused in a measure, if we fall short in observing the fullness of the law of non-resistance. Yet in superconsciousness we can rise with Jesus Christ and “resist not evil.”
– UNITY magazine.
April 7, 1918: Leviticus 16:5-22
What in consciousness do the “goats” referred to in this lesson symbolize? The “goats” symbolize resistance to the Spirit and opposition to its activity in consciousness.
What truth is contained in the idea of “sacrifice” associated with the “goats”? The “goats” (opposition and resistance) must be denied power or presence in consciousness, that is, sacrificed under the Law (Lord), along with other phases of personal consciousness.
What in consciousness does the “wilderness” typify? The “wilderness” typifies the sense consciousness.
How are the errors of sense consciousness dissipated? The errors of the sense consciousness are denied and the presence and power of Spirit affirmed as the one reality.
What external adjustment follows the dissolution of error in consciousness in order that at-one-ment with God and man may be established? When error is dissolved in consciousness, a definite change in one's relation toward his fellow men takes place. The law, “Resist not evil,” must be put into practice.
What two steps are involved in the atonement? Man not only makes a union with Spirit within, but he must also relate himself harmoniously to men, thus giving free expression and activity to Divine Love, which is the harmonizing quality of Spirit.
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 01-26-2014