Wednesday, February 18, 2009
In the early years of our marriage I managed to blame most things on my wife. Eventually I realized the stupidity of doing that. It hurt her. It only showed up my own immaturity. And it never solved the problem. In modern parlance you would say I made her into a scapegoat.
This painting is called "The Scapegoat" by William Holman Hunt, 1854. Hunt had this framed with the quotations "Surely he hath borne our Griefs and carried our Sorrows; Yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of GOD and afflicted." (Isaiah 53:4) and "The Goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a Land not inhabited." (Leviticus 16:22)
In todays reading we see how God made a way for His people to have their sins atoned for so He could have a relationship with them.
One of the ways was to "bring up the live goat, lay both hands on the live goat's head, and confess all the iniquities of the People of Israel, all their acts of rebellion, all their sins. He will put all the sins on the goat's head and send it off into the wilderness, led out by a man standing by and ready. The goat will carry all their iniquities to an empty wasteland; the man will let him loose out there in the wilderness."
After you have read the New Testament you discover that Jesus is God's provision for our sins. Now not just atoned for, but actually forgiven.