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24 April 2009

Contemporary Abstract Horse Equine Oil Painting by Laurie Justus Pace


18 x 24 x 2 inches Oil on Canvas
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"The goat will carry on itself all their sins to a solitary place; and the man shall release it in the desert." Leviticus 16:22

The word 'Scapegoat' generally refers to an innocent person who is blamed and punished for the sins and crimes of others. This is often used to sway attention away from the truth in a situation.

In Leviticus, Aaron brings into the temple a bull for the offering to atone for his sin and the sins of his household. He also had two goats with him. One he slaughtered for the sin offering of the people. The second goat was brought forward and he laid his hands on the head of the live goat and confessed over it the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites. These sins rested on the goat as Aaron sent the goat away into the desert carrying all of their sins to a solitary the desert. I guess it meant out of site out of mind? That is where the term 'scapegoat' comes from. states," Jewish history records that it was a common practice to tie a red strip of cloth to the scapegoat. The red strip represented the sin of the people which was atoned for by the red blood on the mercy seat. According to the Jewish Talmuds, This red stripe would eventually turn white, signaling God's acceptance of the offering. There is an amazing reference in the Talmuds that verifies that after Jesus was crucified, God no longer accepted the sin offering and the scapegoat offered by the Jewish high priests.... "

Seems too easy... to be able to confess your sins over the head of a goat and your slate is wiped clean. Let the goat carry the ugly away from you.

Jesus did not "wear" a red strip of cloth. He came not with the blood of goats or bulls, but with His own blood. He died bearing our sins. It is through His death He sacrificed Himself for Man.

Confess what is in your heart to the Father....release what burdens you. You need not carry the pain any longer. It is here that the peace will begin.


"Come now, and let us reason together, " Say the Lord, "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Isaiah 1:18

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