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TITLE: Scapegoat

TEXT: Leviticus 16:8-10

PROPOSITION: Christ is our scapegoat.


KEY WORD: Rituals



  1. We use the word "scapegoat" to mean someone we blame.
  2. When something goes wrong we look for a "fall guy" to carry the blame.
  3. Tonight look at the original scapegoat.


Leviticus 16 Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)

Introductory details

  1. Date 10th day of Tisri (this year September 20)
  2. On some calendars Yom Kippur
  3. Solemn Sabbath = even if not a Saturday kept as one
    No work Day of rest

High Priest Duties

  1. Wash, dress in white linen (not normal colorful robes)
  2. Bring to tabernacle later the temple
    Young bullock sin offering
    Ram for burnt offering (personal cost) for self and family
    Two goats
  3. Makes a burnt offering of ram takes blood of young bullock to
    cleanse the tabernacle area


  1. High Priest draws two coins one for sacrifice, one for scapegoat
  2. One goat is killed blood carried to Most Holy Place around ark of cov.
  3. Goat with red scarf scapegoat lay hands on its head bear sins of people
  4. Led to wilderness and let go carry away the sins from the people.

Christ is our Scapegoat

  1. Jews did this ceremony every year shows it is not effective Hebrews 10:1-3
  2. Christ was offered ONCE for all Hebrews 9:27-28
  3. Christ is both Sin offering Isaiah 53:8 died, shed blood as sacrifice
    Scapegoat Isaiah 53:4 bore our sins away
  4. Slain goat = Christ dying for our sins
  5. Scapegoat = Christ raised living, cleansing from sin 1 John 1:7

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