Ozark Christian Living

Family Life & Homemaker's Guide

A Lot to Rejoice Over

February 7

 "And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for the scapegoat."  Leviticus 16:8







"... lots of chance were replaced with lots of love."









Ever since Leviticus 16, "scapegoat" has been synonymous with victimized; which is the precise idea GOD wished to portray.  Who throughout history better epitomizes these two goats than JESUS CHRIST?  "The next day John seeth JESUS coming unto him, and saith, behold the LAMB of GOD, which taketh away the sin of the world."  One of Aaron's goats would shed the blood, one would bear the sin, both would picture CHRIST.  "Surely HE hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem HIM stricken, smitten of GOD, and afflicted.  But HE was wounded for our transgressions, HE was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon HIM; and with HIS stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on HIM the iniquity of us all."  Two innocent animals, one brutalized in plain view, the other exiled to die alone for the sins of men.  "... without shedding of blood is no remission."  The first goat satisfied GOD'S command, the second goat satisfied man's demand.  "... for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." 

"scapegoat" [azazel]... literally: escapegoat!  That murderous Barabbas best depicts this for us.  I have often envisioned him racing past the SCAPEGOAT, the LORD JESUS, being scourged in his stead.  O' dear sinner, what a day to celebrate ... that day in eternity past when lots of chance were replaced with lots of love.  Hallelujah! ... For the ultimate HIGH PRIEST WHO cast the lots upon HIMSELF that we might escape the fire of Hell's damnation.  "And when they had crucified HIM, they parted HIS garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take."

Have you cast your lot upon the SCAPEGOAT of saving grace?  

"Casting all your care upon HIM; for HE careth for you." 

For Love of Country
Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson
(Confederate General of the Civil War)
"Oh GOD, let this horrible war quickly come to an end that we may all return home and engage in the only work that is worthwhile ... and that is the salvation of men."

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