The Scapegoat

“And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the Lord at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the Lord, and the other lot for the scapegoat. And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the Lord's lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering. But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness.” – (Lev.16:7-10). And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” (Rom.5:11).

God gave us a scapegoat – His son on the cross

He became sin for the world – His blood was the cost

 

The Jews blow the ram’s horn trumpet (shofar) on Rosh Hashanah, 10 days before the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). God calls these 10 days, a time to “afflict your souls” or to repent of sins. Then on the Day of Atonement, the shofar is blown again. Twenty years ago my daughter bought me a ram’s horn and I would blow it sometimes as an evangelist in Independent Baptist churches. I had no idea that 20 years later my Lord would call me as his Bible Watchman and tell me to Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins” – (Is.58:1). My Bible Watchman web site has a priest blowing a shofar and warning the people. And so I’m blowing the trumpet on the scapegoat to both Jew and Gentile.

 

Once a year, on the Day of Atonement only, the high priest entered through the veil into the Holy of Holies of the temple. He took the blood of several sacrificed animals and sprinkled it on the mercy seat on the Ark of the Covenant and upon the horns of the altar. He made atonement for his own sins and then for the whole nation of Israel. He also selected two goats that were used in making atonement for sins. He cast lots to see which goat would be slain and which would become the scapegoat. He slew the goat for the sin offering and sprinkled the blood on the mercy seat 7 times. Then came the central, the most public, and the most impressive part of the ceremony. The high priest took the scapegoat and laid his hands upon his head and confessed over it, “And 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 in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness” – (Lev.16:21-22). Perhaps nothing in the bible more graphically illustrates Calvary than the goat standing alone, bearing the weight of a nation’s sins. On the cross, the Lord Jesus cried out utterly alone, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me.” He bore the weight of the sins of the world.

 

Two goats were needed to adequately symbolize what took place at Calvary and the resurrection three days later. The two goats constitute one sin offering. Each presented a different aspect of the remission of sin. Death because of sin, (“The wages of sin is death.”) and life when we receive atonement in Christ. “But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” – (Rom.6:23). Sins forgiven are sins forgotten. The goat who died and shed his blood was a type of Christ on the cross dying for our sins and the live goat – the scapegoat – was a type of Christ rising from the dead and offering us eternal life.

 

On the Day of Atonement they were not to do any work because you cannot work for God’s salvation. As it is written – “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast” – (Eph.2:8-9). When I hear unsaved Jews say that Yom Kippur is a time to reflect and say – “What can I do better? How can I make the world a better place?” I feel sorry for them. Atonement for sin is – not of works – its by God’s grace alone on Calvary.

 

The Lord Jesus Christ became sin for the world. (Is.53:6) says “And the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” And again in verses 11 and 12 – “For he shall bear their iniquities”And he bare the sin of many.” As it is written of the scapegoat in (Lev.16:22) “And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities,” which is exactly what happens when we’re saved by Christ – he bears our sins upon himself. Alleluia – what a savior. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” – (2 Cor.5:21).

 

The best New Testament verse for the two goats is (I Pet.2:24) “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” The dead goat and the live scapegoat are both seen in perfection.

 

Jesus Christ is God’s one and only atonement for sin. He is God’s perfect, sinless, blemishless sacrifice for sin, who as God’s high priest, after the order of Melchizedek, offered up himself as the one time sacrifice for sin. “For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself” – (Heb.7:27). Is Jesus Christ your scapegoat? Have you repented of your sins and believed on him in your heart and received God’s atonement for your sins? Does he bear your sins?

 

Yes, the soldiers cast lots beneath the cross of Christ for his garment and he hung naked for us so we could have our sins covered, which is what atonement means. “Saying, blessed are they whose inequities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered” – (Rom.4:7). And again in (Is.61:10) “For he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered all with the robe of righteousness.” Are your sins covered or are you still naked and in your sins like Adam and Eve hiding from the Lord and ashamed. “Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed” – (Rom.10:11). The Lord’s lot fell upon his son – the scapegoat.

 

“And Aaron shall lay both hands upon the head of the live goat and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel…” (Lev.16:21). This goat, like all the other sacrifices in the Old Testament, had the priests’ hands laid upon his head and confessed over him all of the people’s sins. Millions of animal sacrifices over hundreds of years and they all pointed directly to Calvary – the place of the skull- where the Lord of glory was sacrificed for sin. The priest always laid his hands on the place of the skull of the sin offerings, right between the horns of salvation. “And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David” – (Luke 1:69). Yes, God’s Ram’s horn of salvation came out of the place of the skull. (Horns come out of the skull - amen). Now can you see why the Ram’s horn blows on Yom Kippur. And after Jesus Christ, the ram’s horn of salvation saves you, and your body sleeps in the grave, one day the same ram’s horn will blow – “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise fast” – (1 Thes.4:16). Yes – the two goats – Death and Life – praise the Lord Jesus – our precious scapegoat – our atonement for sin.

 

The scapegoat means Escapegoat, one who bears our sins and allows us to escape the penalty and judgment for our sins. “How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation;” – (Heb.2:3)and again- “And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven” – (Heb.12:24-25). If there was no escape for sinners under the Law of the Old Testament except through the scapegoat on the day of atonement. If when Israel had but types and shadows to illustrate remission of sins; if, even with that candle alone to enlighten them, they were held accountable for neglect. How can we escape if we neglect the full light that has been given to us by God’s son? “How can we escape, if we neglect so great salvation. There is absolutely no escape from the penalty of our sins if you refuse God’s scapegoat – the Lord Jesus Christ. Take heed to this watchman’s trumpet of warning today – there is a Hell to escape. There is a fire escape from the lake of fire – be saved from sins today by the blood of Christ “For it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul” – (Lev.17:11). Be like the scapegoat – escape the fiery second death of the lake of fire.

 

Lot is the best example we have of someone who escaped the fiery wrath of God upon the homosexuals of Sodom. The angel told him in (Gen.19:17) “Escape for thy life.” And Lot said in (vs.19) “Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life: and I cannot escape to the mountains…” Lot was saved by grace and escaped like the scapegoat.

 

God gave us a scapegoat because we absolutely need one. We need someone to be punished for our sins, in our place. A sinner, who will not acknowledge his sins and repent of his sins and turn by faith to Jesus Christ for remission of his sins, must blame somebody else for their sins. When confronted with their sin by God, Adam blamed Eve and Eve when confronted, blamed the serpent and so it is with every human since – he finds a scapegoat for his sins. Scapegoats can be whole groups of people or even whole nations. They can be the Japs or the Krauts or the blacks or the Mexicans or Christians etc. – etc. But the most common scapegoat has been the Jews. There has been untold suffering by the Jews the last 2000 years by sinners who were looking for a scapegoat and culminating by Hitler’s unspeakable evil upon the Jews. When a sinner refuses to be saved by Jesus Christ, God’s Jewish scapegoat, he inevitably will scapegoat the Jews. But these unsaved Jews have also rejected the scapegoat, Jesus Christ, and have not escaped the punishment of their sins. Every sinner needs a scapegoat and God has provided one for us. Has Jesus Christ borne your sins – are you born again?

 

God gave us a scapegoat – His son on the cross

He became sin for the world – His blood was the cost.

 

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement” – (Rom.5:11). Have you received God’s atonement for sin? God’s work has been done on the cross by his dear son, you must receive him. “It is finished” was his cry on the cross. As it is written in (James 1:15) “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished bringeth forth death.” And sin – when “it is finished bringeth forth Christ’s atoning death on the cross so that you can be saved.

 

Guilty, vile and helpless, we,

Spotless Lamb of God was He,

Full atonement, can it be?

Hallelujah, what a savior

 

Lifted up was he to die,

“It is finished,” was his cry:

Now in heaven exalted high

Hallelujah, what a savior.

 

In (Lev.16:14) the high priest sprinkled the mercy seat with blood on his finger seven times. Which pointed directly to the bloody wounds of Christ on the cross: one – the crown of thorns on his head – two – the whip marks on his back – three and four – the nail prints in his two hands – five and six – the nail prints in his two feet – seven – the spear in his side. Seven times – perfect, complete atonement for the sins of the world. PTL-Jesus for his atonement on the mercy seat. “Mercy rejoiceth against judgment”– (James 2:13). And again in (Titus 3:5) “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” Don’t reject God’s mercy seat of atonement which is the Lord Jesus Christ because all that’s left is judgment. Lay all your sins upon Christ. Be saved.

 

It is written in (Du.30:19) “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” Be saved by God’s scapegoat. Escape from the fire of hell and the just punishment for your sins like Lot in Sodom. On your judgment day you will not be able to blame your sins on somebody else and scapegoat them. Take heed to the warning of the shofar at Rosh Hashanah – repent of your sins. Take heed to the warning of the shofar on the Day of Atonement – receive God’s atonement for your sins by believing on Christ and escape God’s judgment upon you. Choose life in Christ rather than the second death. Take heed to the trumpet warning of this Bible Watchman. Amen and Amen.


Pastor Mike Storti

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Tucson, AZ 85705

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