Posted by: bshelley | May 6, 2008

Seeking God’s Heart- by Bryan Shelley

Entry for May 7, 2008

Today’s Verse: Leviticus 17:22 “The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to a solitary land; and he shall release the goat in the wilderness.” NASB

Did you ever wonder things like, “Where did the idea of a scapegoat come from?” Well, here you go. On Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement, the High Priest would go into the Holy of Holies. He was the only one to enter and then only one day a year. Individual sinners and worshippers would offer animals, grain and so on for offerings to God throughout the year, but this event was only once. There were actually two goats. One would be offered up as a burnt offering. The other would be the focus of this part of the ceremony. The High Priest would place his hands on the goat’s head. One hand for the priests and one for the nation and ceremonially put the group sins of each on the head of the “scapegoat”. Then the goat bearing the sins would be taken out into the wilderness, far outside the city gates, and released. Where is PETA when you need them, right? The real focus of our devotional today is simply the need to cast sin out of our lives. We are not commanded to do such ceremonial cleansing today, for if we are in Christ we are forgiven. However, we do need to consider all the sin and temptation that creeps into our homes and lives a little at a time. Maybe we don’t even notice it at first. Then, we may notice it but do nothing about it. It does not take long to become the elephant in the living room possibly. Maybe it is time to clean our homes of all inequity. Sort of a spring cleaning of our hearts and homes. Drive the sin out of our lives, homes, cities and into the wilderness. Ask God to help you identify the sin that is lurking in your life and the fortitude to drive it outside your city gates. You don’t need a scapegoat, you just need to grasp a spiritual broom and get with it. Sometimes we just need a nudge. …Nudge, nudge.

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