Leviticus 16:26 NKJV
And he who released the goat as the scapegoat shall wash his clothes and bathe his body in water, and afterward he may come into the camp.
A man was chosen to send the scapegoat that bore the sins of Israel into the wilderness. The ceremony of atoning for the sins of God’s people involved the High Priest and a suitable man who led the goat to the correct location. After he was finished with his task, the escort of the scapegoat had to take a bath before returning to where everyone else was living.
Spiritual parallel: Sometimes we may have to deal with sin or sinners as we go about our daily lives. It may be necessary for us to help get rid of some ungodly items. Our physical senses may contact things we would not normally approve of. How do we cleanse ourselves before returning to our place to carry on as before? We wash with the Word and the Spirit to free ourselves of any contamination resulting from what we experienced. Speaking the Word and praying with the spirit will help us stay separated from worldly contamination that we cannot avoid.