The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary of Current English defines the word “SCAPE GOAT” as “PERSON BLAMED OR PUNISHED FOR THE MISTAKES OR WRONGDOING OF ANOTHER OR OTHERS.”However, in this study we want to examine what led to the issue of scapegoat, its spiritual implication and what should be our attitude towards sit today. May the Lord Almighty give us a deep understanding of His word as we go on. Amen.
- SIGNIFICANCE OF OFFERING IN ISRAEL
Making offering or sacrifice to God was a very ancient practice Gen.4:3, 8:20; Ex. 10:25, and was known in Egypt and Babylonia long before the patriarchal times.
Gen. 3:21; Gen. 4:3: Ex. 12:13; Lev. 1:7 Lev. 4:3-5,13-15, 22-
23,27-29, Heb. 6:1-6.
- THE SCAPEGOAT TODAY
The High Priest has a responsibility of performing a solemn and general act of worship to all Israelites once a year i.e. 10th of the 7th month in order to ‘reconcile the nation to Jehovah God. There he sacrificed a bullock for his own sin and two goats, on which lots will be cast. Kill one and let the other go alive into the wilderness. This was for the sin of thewhole nation of Israel. This is known as the scapegoat or the escape goat.
Lev. 16:1-10; Is. 53:4-6; Heb. 9:13-15; Heb. 10:8-10; Mal. 2:13;
Gal. 4:9; I Pet. 3:1″8; II Cor. 5:77-20; I Pet. 2:24