Sunday, July 19, 2015

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Lion, Lamb and Goat

         Is Jesus our scapegoat? We know that Jesus is referred to as "The Lion of the tribe of Judah" and "The lamb of God". We also know that Jesus is a High Priest, on the order of Melchizedek.

          Leviticus 16:8: "And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the Lord, and the other lot for the scapegoat." Leviticus 16:10: "But 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." There were two goats, but they were used for the same reason. The one was sacrificed, while the other was sent into the wilderness, for our sins to be absent from The Father. as far as the east is from the west.[1]

          Jesus took all of our sins upon Himself. Isaiah 53:4: "Surely he hath borne our grief's, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.", 1 Peter 2:24: "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed." Leviticus 16:21-22says: 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 bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.

          The High Priest must be Fully cleansed. Jesus was baptized so "That all righteousness must be fulfilled"[2]. Leviticus 16:23-24: And Aaron shall come into the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall put off the linen garments, which he put on when he went into the holy place, and shall leave them there: And he shall wash his flesh with water in the holy place, and put on his garments, and come forth, and offer his burnt offering, and the burnt offering of the people, and make an atonement for himself, and for the people.

          Leviticus 16:30: For on that day shall the (High) priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the Lord.

          Leviticus 17:11: "The life that is in the blood is what covers the sins because the blood was shed for that purpose. For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul." 1 John 1:7 - "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin." Hebrews 9:22: "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission." Matthew 26:28: "For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins."

          From the above we can see that Jesus is not only The Lion Of The Tribe Of Judah and The Lamb Of God, but He is also the one who acted as our scapegoat, to cleanse us of our sins. He, being the High Priest of our salvation, is both our High Priest and our Scapegoat at the same time.

[1] Psalm 103:12
[2] Matthew 3:13-17


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