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Lesson 11

You may be thinking, if Jesus fulfilled the role of the sacrificial goat for the Day of Atonement, then the symbolic meaning for that holy day has been completed. Don’t forget, there were two goats required for the Day of Atonement. The life Jesus lived qualified him to go before God as our high priest, his sacrifice of that perfect life atoned for mankind’s collective sins fulfilling the role of the sacrificial goat. The Azazel goat was cast alive into the uninhabited wilderness by a fit man. Jesus paid for, covered and bore our sins. He stepped in and paid the price of sin for us, but those sins do not go with him. The sins of mankind are returned to their instigator. Who brought sin to humans? Where do our sinful thoughts originate?

Hebrews 4:14…5:10 Christian Standard Bible. Christ, a High Priest
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens—Jesus the Son of God—let us hold fast to our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore, let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need.

1 For every high priest taken from among men is appointed in matters pertaining to God for the people, to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he is also clothed with weakness. 3 Because of this, he must make an offering for his own sins as well as for the people. 4 No one takes this honor on himself; instead, a person is called by God, just as Aaron was. 5 In the same way, Christ did not exalt himself to become a high priest, but God who said to him, You are my Son; today I have become your Father, 6 also says in another place, You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. 7 During his earthly life, he offered prayers and appeals with loud cries and tears to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. 8 Although he was the Son, he learned obedience from what he suffered. 9 After he was perfected, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, 10 and he was declared by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

Leviticus 16:8 Lexham English Bible
8 Then Aaron shall cast lots for the two goats: one lot for Yahweh and one for Azazel.

Leviticus 16:21-22 King James Version
21 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: 22 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.

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