Confessions of a Scapegoat

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The Scapegoat, William Holman Hunt, 1854, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool, via Wikimedia Commons.

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.

Much More Than A Number

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The key element of Les Misérables may be the struggle of Prisoner 24601 to regain and restore his identity as the man Jean Valjean. (Image via Les Misérables on Twitter.) 

There is a kind of peace that surpasses all understanding. That kind of peace is linked inextricably with identity. Is that why the enemy of our souls seeks to remove our identity from our existence?

Genesis 41:1-44:17; 1 Kings 3:15-4:1; Ezekiel 20:33-38; John 17:13-18; Romans 12:14-21; Philippians 4:4-7

Click here to listen to the podcast: Much More Than A Number

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Music: “Who Am I?,” Colm Wilkinson, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Les Misérables, Original London Cast Recording, First Night 1985.

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