“And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat: 21And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: 22And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness” (Leviticus 16:20-22).
Gleaned from the text is the depiction of sin management, a pivotal and chilling illustration, the high priest confessing the sins of Israel. The mercy and grace of God is manifested. Instead of God killing the guilty, He commissioned his earthly man to confess the annual sins of Israel, placing them on an innocent goat. This was Gods method of managing the sin problem of Israel. The goat became the substitute for the nations’ problems. The process was a prophetic shadow and picture of future perfection that would come through Christ. Ultimately Christ absorbed the sins of the repentant, becoming the perfected scapegoat.
Man and woman are unable to remit sin, thus a scapegoat was needed. Christ allowed the human condition to place the blame and consequence of sin on Christ. Current humanity must be cautious of attempting to re-create a scapegoat dynamic. The people of God must take accountability for their personal actions and not seek a scapegoat to blame their condition. God urges His children to walk in the light, but when a dark path is trekked, devastation will be the result. Blame for personal circumstances must be held in self-accountability.
Since the genesis of Adam and Eve, the scapegoat syndrome has been in operation. Adam blamed Eve for his sin and Eve blamed the devil. David sought to plant his sin on the husband of Bathsheba, but created his own sin condition. Who is your scapegoat? The premise rests in the reality that all saints must remain accountable for personal actions and decisions. Peter could not blame Christ for his fear. Saul could not blame God for his actions and disdain for David. Moses could not blame the people for his striking of the rock. Solomon could not blame God for his poor decisions. Simon could not blame the church for his desire for fame.
There are many situations, but Christ became the final scapegoat and has the ability to forgive. To place blame on another because of personal actions is the attempt to create a new scapegoat. Be careful & remember, you are the clay In The Potter’s Hands. God has paved a way to save you today!