We think of a scapegoat as someone who takes the blame for someone else. That’s the opposite of what we see in scripture about scapegoats. They’re actually the ones who go free after another goat is sacrificed in their place. Or do they really go free? Considering the burdens they bear, one wonders which of the two goats is truly the free one.
Leviticus 16:1-18:30; Ezekiel 20:2-20, 22:1-19; Matthew 5:17-48; Romans 7:14-25; Hebrews 13:11-16
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Music: “There Is A Redeemer,” Keith Green, Greatest Hits, Sparrow Records 2008.
Picture: The Scapegoat, William Holman Hunt, 1854, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool, via Wikimedia Commons.