the two goats
16:7 the two goats. In this unique annual ceremony, one animal was insufficient to picture the entire lesson to be gained by the people. One animal was to be offered for a sin offering, thereby demonstrating the fatal consequences of sin. The other was the “scapegoat” (that is, “goat of removal”), which would be carried into the wilderness. This would demonstrate that their sins, once the atonement was provided, would indeed by carried away and forgotten. Christ, of course, fulfilled both types in Himself, being offered as a sacrifice for sins, and also removing our sins and giving us His righteousness (Hebrews 9:7,25-26; 10:14-17).