The Scapegoat

††††††††† Most of the pages in this website are written for people who are not familiar with points of view held dear by Bible Students. I hope to make simple explanations of them. This page and the page about Israel are written for Bible Students.† The hope is not to cause controversy but to advocate freedom of thought. †Thoughts expressed here make sense to me.† However I am not dogmatic about them.† Also I make no claims that the thoughts expressed here are mine.† They are my efforts to express some thoughts of a dear Brother from England who for some period of time was the chief person involved with the Bible Study Monthly magazine.† His name was Albert Hudson. These thoughts are from an article published in the September/October 1982 magazine.† I wish you could read the whole article and maybe I should put it on here.† This is my interpretation of the main points of the article.

††††††††† I think one of the main thoughts was that Israelís Day of Atonement was not a picture of the Ransom but was their effort to get into harmony with God and involved more than the killing of the bullock. Several sacrifices were made.† These were for the purpose of getting rid of sin. They included a bullock and two goats.

††††††††† I think one thing that confuses the Day of Atonement sacrifices to me and I think others is that we tend to think that the ransom is pictured in these sacrifices. †The thing to keep in mind is that what it is about is bringing the nation into harmony with God.† That is getting rid of sin.† The ransom paid the price that made possible the getting rid of sin but it did not get rid of sin.† The anti-type of all this involves the millennial age as well as the gospel age. The picture includes bringing the world of mankind make into harmony with God in the millennial age. †The entire sin offering is what is pictured here and that is what the Day of Atonement pictured.

††††††††† Of course the bullock pictures Jesus, the Lordís Goat pictures the church, so what does the Scapegoat picture?

Here is the scriptural account.† Leviticus 16:5-10 & 20-22 KJV††† †

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 LORD at 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 LORDíS 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

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 (scapegoat): 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. 

Bro. Hudson saw this goat going off into the wilderness never to return as picturing the work to be done in the Millenial Age when sin will be done away with and all the obedient of mankind †being brought into harmony with God by the work of Jesus and his church.

††††††††† This is a short sketch of Bro. Hudsonís article and I know of nowhere you can find references to it.† If you can find the article I would suggest you read it.† Maybe the folks at the Bible Study Monthly magazine will put out a booklet on it.

††††††††† To me it makes more sense than anything I have read as to what the scapegoat was all about.† I have always been a fan of Bro. Hudsonís slant on things.