Taking The Blame
By W. C. Moore
If God can get someone to take the blame in a given situation – often He can and will work in a marvelous way. But when everybody is blaming everybody else – the devil is at work!
If each and every one of us will take our share of the blame for conditions that arise, and sometimes, giving God the benefit of the doubt as to who is to blame – take ourselves the full blame – the way is often opened for difficulties to be surmounted, problems to be settled, and the progress of the Lord's work to be greatly advanced.
"God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble" (1 Pet. 5:5).
We pray for revival, and it is the humble and the contrite ones that God revives (Isa. 57:15). It is so very easy to pick flaws in others, to try to humble other people, to point the finger of criticism and scorn at others, but God says that if His people will humble themselves, and pray, and seek His face, and turn from their wicked ways, then He will begin to work in their behalf (2 Chron. 7:14).
Jesus, our Lord and Savior, had no sins of His own, but He "bare OUR sins in His own body on the tree" (1 Pet. 2:24). Jesus received His human body through the tribe of Judah (Heb. 7:14; Rom. 9:5). He is called, "The Lion of the tribe of Judah" (Rev. 5:5, and see Rev. 22:16). Judah is known as the kingly tribe among the children of Israel. Some very significant qualities appear in the life of Judah, the head of that tribe.
Taking the Cup, Bearing the Blame
When Judah and his brethren journeyed down into Egypt the second time, taking with them Benjamin, the youngest – Judah became surety to his father Israel to bring Benjamin safely back, and he said: "If I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame for ever'' (Gen. 43:1-15). Read Genesis, chapter 44. We read that the cup was found in Benjamin's sack but Judah stepped forward and "took the cup" – he asked that the blame be put on him. "Now therefore, I pray thee, let thy servant abide instead of the lad a bondman…and let the lad go up with his brethren" (Gen. 44:33).
It was then – when Judah took the blame – that Joseph was reconciled to his brethren. Read the 45th chapter of Genesis.
The Christian Home
In the Christian home, when misunderstandings occur between husband and wife, let each remember that the devil is the accuser of the brethren (Rev. 12:9-10), and so each needs to watch lest they accept the devil's accusations, and matters are made infinitely worse than they already are.
The husband is the head of the wife, and the wife is told to submit to her husband (1 Pet. 3:1-22; Eph. 5:21-33). This does not mean that she is to submit to her husband to the extent of dishonoring God – for God must be first, and the first and great commandment teaches us to love God with all our heart, and with all our soul, and with all our mind, and with all our strength (Mark 12:28-34 and Matt. 22:37-39).
Christ is the Head of the church; the church is subject unto Christ, and His words recorded in the Gospels and in Acts, and in the Book of Revelation are for us now, today. See Ephesians 5:23-24; Matthew 28:18-20. Note particularly verses 19 and 20 of Matthew, chapter 28: "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations…teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you."
Love in the Home
Husbands are told to love their wives (Eph. 5:25-33), and "be not bitter against them" (Col. 3:19). The husband, even the Christian husband, has to watch lest he become harsh in his treatment of his wife. It is easy to become unkind, unloving toward those over whom we have some sort of authority, and to be quick to blame them for unfortunate things that occur.
When misunderstandings occur in the Christian home, let the husband watch to always put God first, and never to make an idol out of his wife, on the one hand, and on the other hand, never to be unkind or harsh or impatient with her, and then, instead of putting all the blame on his wife – take as much of the blame on himself as he possibly can, as the head should be more responsible than the help meet (Gen. 2:18-24).
If we make it a habit to blame people right and left, without knowing all the facts involved, there is great danger that we will be blaming God Himself before we get through with our criticisms. The children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness (Ex. 16:2). But Moses told them point-blank: "The Lord heareth your murmurings which ye murmur AGAINST HIM: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the Lord" (Ex. 16:8).
Job contended so zealously for his own cause before his "friends" that finally it seems he was even finding fault with God Himself. In Job 40:8, God said unto Job: "Wilt thou also disannul My judgment? wilt thou condemn Me, that thou mayest be righteous?"
So when we murmur against people, against conditions, there is extreme danger that, before we get through, if we do not humble our own selves, and begin to realize that WE may be the one really mostly to blame – we may end up by blaming the Lord Himself! God help us!