The True Meaning of a Scapegoat

The Term Scapegoat Originates From Hebrew

Once a Year, on The Day of Atonement, the High Priest Entered the Holy of Holies
With the Blood of a Goat to Atone, (Cover) for the sins of the people.

Hight Priest Day of Atonement
“Then he shall slaughter the goat of the sin offering which is for the people, and bring its blood inside the veil and do with its blood as he did with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and in front of the mercy seat. Leviticus 16:15 

Casting Lots Between Two Goats:

Two goats
Aaron shall Cast Lots for the two goats, one lot for YHVH and the other lot for the Scapegoat/Azazel. Leviticus 16:8 
soldiers-cast-lots
Casting Lots is mentioned multiple times in the Bible.  The Roman soldiers even Cast Lots for Y’shua’s clothing as He was dying, Psalm 22:18Matthew 27:35

The Sins of the People were Symbolically Placed on the Scapegoat

Leviticus 16:10
“But the goat on which the lot for the scapegoat fell shall be presented alive before the YHVH, to make atonement upon it, to send it into the wilderness as the scapegoat.

Even Today’s Definition of a Scapegoat is used for the person we Place Blame.

Although the original Scapegoat wasn’t blamed for the “confessed” sins of the people, it did symbolize the complete removal of their sin as it was lead out of the camp and into the wilderness.

“The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to a solitary land/uninhabited, (Gezerah #1509); and he shall release the goat in the wilderness/desert, (Midbar #4057b).” Leviticus 16:22  

Just after Yeshua was baptized the Spirit descended upon Him, like a dove, and lead Him into the wilderness, Matthew 4:1.

The Scapegoat, being led into the wilderness was a picture foreshadowing Yeshua as He was led into the wilderness to be tested by God’s adversary after 40 days and nights, Matthew 4:1, 2

Yeshua fulfilled all that spoke about Him, He said,

“These are the words I spoke to you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about Me in the Torah of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms.” Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.Luke 24:44, 45

As far as the East is from the West, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12; Hebrews 9:26

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