Leviticus 16:10 “‘But the goat on which the lot for the scapegoat fell shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make atonement upon it, to send it into the wilderness as the scapegoat.’”
I have always been puzzled by the concept of the scapegoat in the Old Testament. There were two goats. One was killed and sacrificed on the altar. The other one was labeled the scapegoat. The High Priest would lay his hands on it and symbolically put the sins of the nation on it. Then it would be released into the wilderness. If you ask me, the scapegoat got off much better than the other one. Lol.
Jesus was our scapegoat. He took the sins, not just of one nation, but of the entire world on Himself. He paid the ultimate price so that we could walk free. And the beauty of His sacrifice is that it was done once for all time. No annual sacrifice is necessary. No repeat! One time deal.
I bet your kids are always complaining that they get blamed for stuff they didn’t do. Am I right? They never do anything wrong. It’s always someone else’s fault. Been there – done that! But we, as parents, know better. Why? Because we were, or maybe still are, just like them.
The next time your little Gertrude or Elrod blames their sibling or a neighbor kid for something, tell them this story of the scapegoat. Explain to them how Jesus died for their sins. He was the sacrifice and the scapegoat. Because of that we have no fear of confession of our sins. As believers, they are under the blood.
Who are you blaming today? Maybe it’s your spouse’s fault, right? Maybe you are still blaming your parents for your childhood issues? Stop casting the blame on others. Stop looking for a scapegoat. Accept your faults and ask the Lord to heal your heart. He will.