The Law of Atonement
In the vernacular of the world, if something or someone is the g.o.a.t.; they would be the “greatest of all time.” I would bring to your mind Leviticus 16. In this chapter the law of atonement is related. At this time, Aaron selected two male goats for a sin offering. He would then cast lots. One would be selected for the Lord, and one for the scape goat.
The one for the Lord was sacrificed.
The Scape Goat
Aaron would place his hands on the scapegoat, confess all the iniquities and transgressions of Israel, and release the scape goat into the wilderness. This process would be repeated annually.
We don’t know what happened to the scape goat. He probably got “et by a varmint.”
Then came Jesus.
The culmination of God’s plan announced in Genesis 22:16-18. John the Baptist heralded Jesus as the Christ. The “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”
Peter, in I Peter 2:21-25, tells us again of God’s promise that “he bore our sins in His body on the cross.” We know in the old covenant, a new scape goat was chosen each year to take away Israel’s sins.
The Greatest Of All Time
We can only conjecture what happened to that goat. In the new covenant, we can know (I John 5:13) what happened to the G.O.A.T. Once, and for all time, our sins can be forgiven. He ascended back to His Father and waits for us to join Him.
Baker Heights Elder