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The Blame Game

March 22, 20127 Comments

… “Did you eat any fruit from that tree in the middle of the garden?” “It was the woman you put here with me,” the man said. “She gave me some of the fruit, and I ate it.” The LORD God then asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The snake tricked me,” she answered. “And I ate some of that fruit. (Gen 3:11-13)

After sinning in the garden Adam and Eve played the blame game.  Adam told God that the woman God had gave him was to blame, and Eve hearing that replied and shifted the blame to the serpent.  Adam,no it’s not my fault! Eve, it’s the Serpent’s fault, sounds like Capital Hill!  They’re avoiding responsibility, while all of humanity had just been condemned to death!  With a major event like that happening, you’d think one of them would have just ate crow and said, okay, it’s my fault, this is what happened Lord.  Unfortunately, we know Even if Adam would have reluctantly stepped up to take the blame, his shoulders wouldn’t have been broad enough to bear the weight of sin for the whole world. He would have been crushed, and it still wouldn’t have helped us.

Aaron will then present as a sin offering the goat chosen by lot for the LORD.  The other goat, the scapegoat chosen by lot to be sent away, will be kept alive, standing before the LORD. When it is sent away to Azazel in the wilderness, the people will be purified and made right with the LORD Lev 16:9-10 NLT

We needed someone to take the blame, someone who could shoulder the weight of sin and not buckle under the load.  This person would have to qualify first to take the blame.  To qualify this person couldn’t already be part of the sin-problem, and they would have to live a perfect sin free life, then choose to willingly die, all to qualify!  Would a completely innocent person freely take the blame? Not only for the sin of another person, but for the whole world! People would hardly die for a man who is innocent, perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But what we needed was for someone who was innocent to die for the guilty!  The odds were against us, it would appear that nobody could do it. Then Jesus told the Father if He had a body He could!

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities..”

“…while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

The incarnation was the first step in Jesus coming to earth to take the blame; He needed a body to feel the pain.  To take responsibility Jesus came like you and me.   Jesus is the original “fall guy”, and Jesus is our scape-goat.  Jesus took the blame, and the shame, bore the weight and the pain.  Was cursed and disgraced all for the Human race. He toiled with the burden so that we could be pardoned and escape guilt free.  Willingly He came, and willingly He went to the tree, to die the scape-goat for you and me.

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  1. Meshawn Senior says:

    Very well put, Thomas! Thank you for sharing that. Blessings…

  2. Good thoughts – we do struggle with taking responsibility for what we’ve done. Thanks to Christ for bearing our sins!
    Dave

  3. May I add another angle to this familiar story? I find it interesting that the snake went through the woman to tempt Adam, because he couldn’t do it without her help…women have a powerful gift of influence, and the devil knew this. If only Eve had used her influence wisely!

    This is a great post, and I appreciate this reminder of the blame Christ took for us willingly.

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