Understanding the Azazel Goat
God's Removal of Sin
David C. Grabbe
Sermonette; #1372Bs; 22 minutes
Every sacrifice in the Levitical sacrificial system was an unblemished animal. The first goat in Leviticus 16 provided a covering of blood for the altar and allowed entrance into the Holy of Holies. The second goat symbolizes the removal of sin, expunging its memory from the camp of Israel and from God's mind, transferring it into oblivion, symbolized by an uninhabited wasteland- as far as East is from the West. The live goat was a substitutionary sacrifice for the whole nation. The goat of departure bore the sins of the entire people, carrying the sins out of sight and out of mind. Christ, as a substitutionary sacrifice, bore the sins of all of humanity, carrying them out of sight. The sins have been blotted out, totally erased from the mind of God. Sin is disannulled, neutralized, cast off, and obliterated, removed from consciousness and conscience. Satan has no role in this process.