Five Phrases You Probably Didn’t Know Came From The Bible
Scapegoat – January 25, 2016

Leviticus 16:7, Then he is to take the two goats and present them before the Lord at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 8He is to cast lots for the two goats—one lot for the Lord and the other for the scapegoat. 9Aaron shall bring the goat whose lot falls to the Lord and sacrifice it for a sin offering. 10But the goat chosen by lot as the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the Lord to be used for making atonement by sending it into the wilderness as a scapegoat.

Last week, I shared 5 phrases that are commonly used today that most people don’t realize came from the Bible, or at least don’t know where they came from in the Bible. People enjoyed them so much that, I thought I would give you 5 more this week. The first word for this week is, “Scapegoat.” The dictionary describes a scapegoat as, “a person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place.” That phrase first originated in the Book of Leviticus. On the Day of Atonement, two goats were chosen. One would be sacrificed, and the other would have the sins and misdeeds of the people symbolically laid upon it, that was the scapegoat. Then the scapegoat would be sent out of the city into the wilderness.

Symbolically, that represented God’s grace and forgiveness removing the people’s sins and taking them far from them. In the New Testament, Jesus is our scapegoat. Although Jesus committed no sin, He was still nailed to the cross for our benefit. That is why Peter wrote in 1 Peter 2:24, “He Himself bore our sins- in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed.” So, the next time you hear the term scapegoat, remember that it originated in the bible, and let it be a reminder that Jesus became the scapegoat so you can have forgiveness.

Think about it…and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D