Type And Antitype – The Scapegoat – Our Sins Were Laid On Jesus

Consider how the sins of the Israelites were placed on the scapegoat before it was sent out into the wilderness in Leviticus 16:21-22 – And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins,putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness:And the goat shall bearupon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.

It’s no coincidence that Isaiah 53 refers back to the scapegoat when talking about Jesus’ sacrifice:

verse 6b and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all

verse 11b for he shall bear their iniquities

So according to Isaiah 53, the scapegoat is a type of Christ just like the lamb and Christ. The lamb didn’t literally take away sin (Heb 10:4); Christ did. Sins were not literally placed on the scapegoat; instead they are literally placed on Jesus. Jesus did literally take our sins away (John 1:29), right? Then they must also have been literally placed on Him – because in both type and real, sins were placed on a vehicle to take them away.


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