Sunday, 28 October 2012

Who was the culprit in Genesis 6.1-7?





The Book of Enoch continues with the commentary on Genesis 6.1-7 in the following 4 steps:

1.  After the LORD had dealt with the problem of the wickedness of man in the earth’, He turned His attentions to the main culprit of the angels, the children of the heaven, who was Azazel.

Enoch 9.6-10:  Azazel taught all unrighteousness on earth and revealed the eternal secrets which were (preserved) in heaven, … and Semiazaz …and his associates...have gone to the daughters of men upon the earth, and have slept with the women, and have defiled themselves, and revealed to them all kinds of sins. And the women have borne giants, and the whole earth has thereby been filled with blood and unrighteousness.


2.  The LORD gives Azazel a specific punishment.

Enoch 10.4-7:  And again the LORD said to Raphael:
'Bind Azazel hand and foot, and cast him into the darkness: and make an opening in the desert, which is in Dudael, and cast him in there. And place on him rough and jagged rocks, and cover him with darkness, and let him abide there forever, and cover his face that he may not see light. And on The Day of the Great (White Throne) Judgment he shall be cast into the fire.


3.  Azazel is identified by the LORD as the main culprit.

Enoch 10.8-9:  ….because the whole earth has been corrupted through the works that were taught by Azazel: to him ascribe all sin.'


4.  There is a clear connection between Azazel in the Book of Enoch and Azazel in Leviticus 16, the instructions for the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur.

Leviticus 16:8,10,26  Then Aaron shall cast lots for the two goats: one lot for the LORD and the other lot for the scapegoat 5799…..But the goat on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat 5799 shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make atonement upon it, and to let it go as the scapegoat 5799 into the wilderness…..

The Hebrew word given Strong’s number 5799 is Azazel.  The translators of the English Bible failed to note that this Hebrew word, Azazel, is a proper noun, a name, and it means ‘a hard and threatening stronghold’, and it describes the nature of Azazel.

Therefore, the verses above should be translated correctly as follows:

Leviticus 16:8,10,26  Then Aaron shall cast lots for the two goats: one lot for the LORD and the other lot for Azazel  …..But the goat on which the lot fell to Azazel  shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make atonement upon it, and to let it go to Azazel  into the wilderness…..

This correct translation now makes sense with the commentary in Enoch 10 because Azazel had been cast into the desert,….on rough and jagged rocks, and covered with darkness … that he may not see light.


Now that we have followed the commentary on the frustratingly brief record of Genesis 6.1-7, we can see more clearly what really happened.

However, that is not the end of the story.  There are unanswered questions.  For example:

Who were the ‘giants’ of Numbers 13 that the spies saw?

Why were any ‘giants’ still around after the Flood?

How big were the ‘giants’?

Was Goliath one of the ‘giants’?

Where did the ‘giants’ live?

Until later this week….

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