“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
Two goats were needed to
adequately symbolize what took place at
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
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
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
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 ) “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 ). 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
Pastor Mike Storti
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