"And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the Lord, and the other lot for the scapegoat… 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."
(Leviticus 16:8, 10 KJV)
The scapegoat was the animal that ceremonially carried the sins of the people away into the wilderness on the Day of Atonement, as Our Awesome God commanded (Leviticus 16:8,10). On the Day of Atonement, when the high priest went once a year into the Holy of Holies to offer sacrifices for his own sins and for those of all the people, two goats were brought before him. By lot, one was chosen to be “for the Lord.” This goat was slain as a sin offering, and its blood was sprinkled on God's objects to help cleanse the altar, the sanctuary, and the tent of meeting from the defilements over the past year.
The second goat was called the scapegoat as our Awesome God instructed. The High Priest, by laying his hands on the head of the goat and naming his own sins and all the sins of the people, ceremonially transferred them to the goat. All the men involved and the goats had been ritually cleansed before the Day of Atonement. Then one man took the goat out of the camp to a rough mountainous area and set him free.
The demand of the goats showed man's need for reconciliation with Our Awesome God and redemption from their sins. The first goat that was "for the Lord" was killed because there is a price and a payment for sin. Then the scapegoat left the camp with the sins of the people so that God could get close to His people, as He wanted.
Our Awesome God was setting the stage for the coming of His Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem and bring salvation to man with His blood and to be our advocate at the side of God. He has set things up so that people no longer need a "scapegoat." We only need to believe in Jesus Christ and accept His payment to be free from our many sins. Pray to Our Awesome God, take His free gift of salvation and receive peace and freedom from your burden of sin. Will I see you in heaven?
Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and a Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour with a children's program called AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. There are plans for more Bible Discussions in homes during the week. Prayer meeting with Bible Study is on Wednesday at 7:00 PM. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill