He Taketh my Burden Away


He Taketh my Burden Away

Leviticus 16:5-22

5And he shall take of the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats for a sin offering, and one ram for a burnt offering. 6And Aaron shall offer his bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and make an atonement for himself, and for his house. 7And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the Lordat the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 8And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the Lord, and the other lot for the scapegoat. 9And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the Lord’s lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering. 10But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness. 11And Aaron shall bring the bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and shall make an atonement for himself, and for his house, and shall kill the bullock of the sin offering which is for himself: 12And he shall take a censer full of burning coals of fire from off the altar before the Lord, and his hands full of sweet incense beaten small, and bring it within the vail: 13And he shall put the incense upon the fire before the Lord, that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is upon the testimony, that he die not: 14And he shall take of the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it with his finger upon the mercy seat eastward; and before the mercy seat shall he sprinkle of the blood with his finger seven times. 15Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the vail, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat: 16And he shall make an atonement for the holy place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions in all their sins: and so shall he do for the tabernacle of the congregation, that remaineth among them in the midst of their uncleanness. 17And there shall be no man in the tabernacle of the congregation when he goeth in to make an atonement in the holy place, until he come out, and have made an atonement for himself, and for his household, and for all the congregation of Israel. 18And he shall go out unto the altar that is before the Lord, and make an atonement for it; and shall take of the blood of the bullock, and of the blood of the goat, and put it upon the horns of the altar round about. 19And he shall sprinkle of the blood upon it with his finger seven times, and cleanse it, and hallow it from the uncleanness of the children of Israel. 20And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat: 21And 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: 22And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.

This is a wonderful Old Testament passage that shows what Jesus is like in the New Testament.  Things in the Old Testament were images that are referred to in the New Testament.  The burden, in this case, is our sin that, through scapegoats, is taken away.  It is a picture of Jesus Christ in the New Testament.

Scapegoats were used

They were used in the Old Testament to cover their sins

Scapegoats were selected

These were ordinary goats

They were presented as Holy just as Jesus was Holy

There were two types of goats

The Lord’s goat

It represented guilt

Its blood was shed just as Jesus’

The Living goat

It was a substitute for the people

One goat was sacrificed

The process was brutal, just as Calvary was

The blood was shed over the alter

The purpose of the blood was atonement for sin

It takes blood to deal with sin

Thank God, Jesus’ blood covers our sins

One goat was sent away

It took two goats to achieve the sacrifice

The first was the blood substitute for sin

The second was sin sent away

The one sent away was carrying the sin away to be found no more

It was confessing iniquity

It was confessing their tendency to sin

It was confessing transgression

It was confessing their disobedience of God

It was sin

It describes their ability to never be perfect

The work of the scapegoat was symbolic

There were no sins actually transfered to the goats

They knew it was a picture of their sins being removed

They knew it was faith that actually saved them

The fit man would take the scapegoat

There were many stations, with people, along the way to the wilderness

As the man passed a station, he was offered refreshments and they would walk with him to the next station

As the man passed the station, a red flag was held up to show it was finished

The people following the fit man would sing and worship openly to God

The fit man would have to have certain characteristics

He had to know the way

He had to be able to walk all the way

He had to be able to finish the journey

He had to know the way back

Jesus fits this bill

Have your sins been covered by Heaven’s Scapegoat?

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