Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 14:33-16:34
I can’t remember the first time I heard the word scapegoat…. Dictionary.com’s definition was my definition:
A person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place.
In today’s reading we learned the original meaning of the word and saw it used for the first time.
The other goat, the scapegoat chosen by lot to be sent away, will be kept alive, standing before the Lord. Leviticus 16:10a
When Aaron has finished purifying the Most Holy Place and the Tabernacle and the altar, he must present the live goat. He will lay both of his hands on the goat’s head and confess over it all the wickedness, rebellion, and sins of the people of Israel. In this way, he will transfer the people’s sins to the head of the goat. Then a man specially chosen for the task will drive the goat into the wilderness. As the goat goes into the wilderness, it will carry all the people’s sins upon itself into a desolate land. Leviticus 16:20-22
…laying the sins of the people on the head of the goat and then driving the goat and the sins into the wilderness.
That sounds like a great idea… Right?
It worked about as well as placing blame on another person and allowing them to suffer in our place.
When all was said and done
were still sinful people.
Still dealing with the guilt of our sin.
Until one day our Heavenly Father decided the Israelites had experienced enough failure to realize…
- They could not keep the law
- They could not be good enough to be free from sin and guilt
- They were hopelessly sinful
That’s the day God sent His son Jesus to this earth to live as a man, suffer, and die for our sins–To be our scapegoat.
It must have been easy for the Jews to understand Jesus’ message of redemption. They had been using scapegoats for hundreds of years.
They knew something (or someone) had to bear their sins.
They knew a goat wasn’t working.
What or who have you been using as your scapegoat?
Who have you been blaming for your sins?
- Spouses, significant others
- Our corrupt world
Friends, there’s only one scapegoat that will take your sins so far away they can never show their ugly head again–Jesus Christ.
If you’ve never asked Jesus Christ to be your scapegoat repeat this prayer with me:
Jesus, I know that I was born with a sinful nature and I’m hopelessly lost without You. I believe You came to this earth, suffered and died for my sins, and rose from the grave to defeat the enemy of my soul. I believe that if I was the only sinner You would have come just for me.
I ask you to forgive me of my sins, take them from me, and be my scapegoat. I ask You to come into my heart and live forever. I believe I’m a different person because of You and Your love for me.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen!
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Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 17:1-19:37