One wonders how many have used the term “scapegoat” without knowing its true significance. Most have a sense of what it means—a person blamed for the wrongs of another or one chosen for punishment to satisfy a need for public justice even though they haven’t done the wrong. We equate the scapegoat with the “fall guy” or the “whipping boy.” Though these connections resonate with some of the purpose of the scapegoat, they miss much of the richness of what the goat truly represented. Before we look closely at what the term “scapegoat” actually means, let us examine what was placed upon it.
Not only did He make blood in such a way that it could transmit atonement; He also made it so that it could transmit sin. Acts 17:26 says that God “made of one blood all nations of men.” Technically speaking, mankind is a singular race. We all come from the one man Adam. Even the woman came from Adam’s blood.