September 15, 2018 | The Scapegoat and Yom Kippur

The Scapegoat and Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is the most serious day of the year for the Jewish people. With a focus on repentance and atonement, on Wednesday evening Jewish people all over the world will begin fasting and spending time in their synagogues. This week on the program Chris explains Yom Kippur and how for the Israelites, it was an act of God’s divine grace.

When we think about how a Holy God wanted and still wants to be dwelling with His people, we should be in complete awe. God dwelled in the Tabernacle even though it was surrounded by impure people. And every year there had to be a time of purification, which is why God made the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur.

In our first segment Chris talks about the idea of a scapegoat during Yom Kippur. The high priest chose two goats, one was for sacrifice and the other to send away. The scapegoat took the sins and impurities of Israel that were built up over the year and go off into the wilderness. We’ll hear about another scapegoat that the Prophet Isaiah talked about in Isaiah 53. There Jesus is seen as our scapegoat.

The Feasts of Israel

By Bruce Scott

Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement is the most serious day of the year for the Jewish people. It’s central themes are repentance and atonement. The Friends of Israel’s very own Bruce Scott, authored the book The Feasts of Israel to help you discover more about The Day of Atonement and other Jewish holidays. So much of what Jesus said and did requires us to know Jewish holidays that span back to Leviticus and those passages can be hard to understand. Reading The Feasts of Israel will help any reader see how Jesus used the Jewish festivals to bring to life His ministry in the gospels.


Yom Kippur (Continued)

We learned in our first segment that the issue impurity is why God instituted Yom Kippur. In our second segment we go to Leviticus and we read about Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu, the High Priests. They made unauthorized offerings to the Lord and were killed. Chris will explain how this was not an unmerited act by God. God cannot compromise His holiness.

Apples of Gold: The Lord is Your Atonement

During Rosh Hashanah and before Yom Kippur, a group of people came to Zvi to try to get him to see the way of Judaism is the correct way to God, not the way he says you go to God, through Jesus the Messiah. They asked him to come to synagogue with him to observe Yom Kippur. Because of their pure intent and their heart attitude, Zvi was able to have an open and honest discussion about why he believed what he did and they were open to hearing the Truth that lies in Scripture.

Zvi’s story is available in Elwood McQuaid’s book, “Zvi: The Miraculous Story of Triumph over the Holocaust,” available at our online store.

More stories from Zvi are also available in his book, “The Best of Zvi,” available at our online store.


The Friends of Israel Today and Apples of Gold theme music was composed and performed by Jeremy Strong.

Comments 4

  1. I just want to let you know how much I value the Focus on FOI feature on my phone every month. The articles and the video/audio presentations are instructive and keep me “focused” on what it really means to be a Christian and have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. I especially enjoy tuning in to Chris Katulka and his “heart to heart” teachings from the Bible from the Hebrew Christian perspective. As J. Vernon McGee used to say, it “puts shoe leather to my faith.”

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