“[Aaron] is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it…all their sins and put them on the goat’s head. He shall send the goat away into the desert…The man who releases the goat as a scapegoat must wash his clothes and bathe himself with water”. Leviticus 16:21, 26
We want to blame someone, anyone. Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the Serpent, and the Serpent blamed God. In my own life, I have blamed my parents, my husband, and my children. It was my boss’ fault, my coworkers’ fault, or the job itself. I blamed it on my personality, my hormones, and the full moon. But it was rarely my fault.
We call it a “scapegoat”; a person who takes the blame for someone else. The term comes from a passage of scripture found in Leviticus. In making atonement for the people, Aaron is to lay his hands on the goat’s head and confess the sins of all the people. The goat shall bear the weight of the confession and carry it far from the people.
In those moments when we find ourselves blaming others, perhaps it is our desire to be free of the weight of guilt. We know instinctively we are incapable of carrying it. So we place the blame elsewhere.
However, it never helps. It doesn’t help because the other person we are blaming is not able to carry it either. We need a way to remove the guilt permanently. And Jesus is the only One able to carry it far enough away. He will carry it all the way to Calvary and nail it to a tree!
Who are you blaming today? What are you blaming? Who is the scapegoat in your life? Today is the day to get honest with yourself and the Lord. Lay your guilt on the shoulders of Christ and allow Him to nail it to the Cross.