The Scapegoat

Someone laid their hands on the head of an animal, transferring human sins to it. And sometimes they killed it. This is called “scapegoating.”

 


 

Note: Many people find it morally objectionable that a religion requires the killing of innocent animals.

 


 

Many Christians see the Old Testament notion of “scapegoating” to prefigure the Lord Jesus Christ.

On the head of our Scapegoat, Jesus Christ, was placed all the sins of all people who ever lived, or ever will live.

Jesus our Scapegoat was led out of the city, out into the remote place, the “desert,” the Place of the Skull, to die. So much does Jesus Christ love us all.

 


 

Leviticus 3:2. He shall lay his hand on the head of his offering, and kill it at the door of the Tent of Meeting. Aaron’s sons, the priests, shall sprinkle the blood around on the altar.

Leviticus 3:8. and he shall lay his hand on the head of his offering, and kill it before the Tent of Meeting. Aaron’s sons shall sprinkle its blood around on the altar.

Leviticus 3:13. He shall lay his hand on its head, and kill it before the Tent of Meeting; and the sons of Aaron shall sprinkle its blood around on the altar.

Leviticus 4:4. He shall bring the bull to the door of the Tent of Meeting before the LORD; and he shall lay his hand on the head of the bull, and kill the bull before the LORD.

Leviticus 4:15. The elders of the congregation shall lay their hands on the head of the bull before the LORD; and the bull shall be killed before the LORD.

Leviticus 4:24. He shall lay his hand on the head of the goat, and kill it in the place where they kill the burnt offering before the LORD. It is a sin offering.

Leviticus 4:29. He shall lay his hand on the head of the sin offering, and kill the sin offering in the place of burnt offering.

Leviticus 4:33. He shall lay his hand on the head of the sin offering, and kill it for a sin offering in the place where they kill the burnt offering.

Leviticus 8:14. He brought the bull of the sin offering, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the bull of the sin offering.

Leviticus 8:18. He presented the ram of the burnt offering. Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the ram.

Leviticus 8:22. He presented the other ram, the ram of consecration. Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the ram.

Leviticus 16:21. Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions, even all their sins; and he shall put them on the head of the goat, and shall send him away into the wilderness by the hand of a man who is ready.

Numbers 8:12. “The Levites shall lay their hands on the heads of the bulls, and you shall offer the one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering to the LORD, to make atonement for the Levites.

 


LEVITICUS

CHAPTERS: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27

RESOURCES: Summary, Outline, Memorize, The Scapegoat, Female Sacrificial Animals

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