Shadows of the Cross, Part 2: The Atonement Goats (Leviticus 16:1-34)

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a drama must be worth a thousand books. And a drama from God must be worth an entire library of divine truth. In Old Testament times, God gave Israel seven “dramas” to perform each year—seven “sacred skits” that, when acted out, powerfully illustrated the grace, love, and holiness of God. They were known as the seven feasts of Israel. They punctuated the calendar of the Jews in order to penetrate the conscience of the Jews. Shakespeare said it well: “The play’s the thing wherein we’ll catch the conscience of the king.” And Israel had seven opportunities each year to be “caught” by her King.  Continue reading