Gen 37:31 And they took Joseph’s coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood; 32 And they sent the coat of many colors, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son’s coat or no. 33 And he knew it, and said, It is my son’s coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces. 34 And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days.
Instead of Joseph to die, another innocent kid of the goats is killed and his blood is shed instead. By this the life of Joseph is preserved and Joseph is released into his true destiny. Jesus Christ was our sin offering; like an innocent kid to replace us who deserved death. When He was crucified our distorted destiny was replaced and we are restored to a new destiny culminating in eternal joy. When Christ was crucified betrayed by Judas Iscariot, it was not known then that this was always the plan of God. In the same way, the brothers of Joseph did not know that Joseph was being sent to be the instrument of their salvation.
Many years later God will instruct Moses …
Lev 16:5 And he shall take of the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats for a sin offering, and one ram for a burnt offering. 6 And Aaron shall offer his bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and make an atonement for himself, and for his house. 7 And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 8 And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for the scapegoat. 9 And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the LORD’S lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering. 10 But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness. … 21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: 22 And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.
Because Christ gave His life to be crucified. Our sins and iniquities have been placed on a scapegoat … who has been released far into the wilderness never to be seen. We can rejoice and know they will never be brought up ever again or ever found again. If any brings up your sin … tell them because Christ died … our iniquities and sorrows have all been carried far away.
Upon that cross of Jesus, mine eye can sometimes see
The very dying form of One who suffered there for me;
And from my smitten heart with tears two wonders I confess –
The wonders of His glorious love and my own worthlessness.
Words: Elizabeth Clephane – 1830
Prayer: O Lord, I am so unworthy … and your love is so glorious. Thank you. May your death for me not be in vain. Amen
The Songs of Joseph is an integration of encouragement scriptural devotions, prayers and a compendium of songs of mercy, salvation, new beginnings and victory. We can expect as we trust and obey that our end will indeed be ultimately glorious because God works His marvellous agenda. Be blessed as you read and sing along, daily. Edited by Bolade Apampa