Confessions of a Scapegoat

BFB220430 Hunt - The Scapegoat
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.

A Kingdom of Priests

BFB220319 Holman - Consecration of Aaron and His Sons
Consecration of Aaron and His Sons. Illustration from the 1890 Holman Bible, via Wikimedia Commons.

Our contemporary concept of priesthood probably hasn’t changed much since the dawn of civilization. It seems that we humans are quite happy to outsource our interaction wit the Creator to those who seem more inclined to stand before Him on our behalf. That is, at best, a temporary solution seeing that our Creator has always desired to connect with each of us directly. With that in mind, maybe we should give some thought to what He means when He says He has called us into His Kingdom of Priests.

Leviticus 6:8-8:36, 10:8-10; Psalm 110:4; Jeremiah 7:21-8:3, 9:23-24; Ezekiel 22:25-27, 44:23; Hebrews 6:13-7:28; 1 Peter 2:1-11

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Music: “Higher Ground,” Promise Keepers, Turn the Tide 2001, Maranatha, 2002.

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