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 
Casting Lots is mentioned multiple times in the Bible.  The Roman soldiers even Cast Lots for Yehoshua’s clothing as He was dyingPsalm 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 on whom 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 from the camp as the Azazel was lead 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 #4057).” Leviticus 16:22  

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

I believe the Scapegoat, being led into the wilderness, was a picture of Yehoshua as He was led into the wilderness to be tested by God’s adversary (satan) after 40 days and nights of fasting, Matthew 4:1, 2

Yehoshua fulfilled all that was written about Him:

“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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