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The “scapegoat”

Scripture reading for February 6: Leviticus 16-17

Man is always looking for someone to blame for sin. It was the “woman you gave me” for Adam.  Eve became his “scapegoat”!  It was the “serpent” for Eve that became her “scapegoat”.  God Himself was blamed by both of them as the ultimate problem.  Amazingly, God had already planned to provide a “scapegoat”!

God loves man and worked out a picture of salvation from sin which is recorded in these chapters of Leviticus.  God set apart one day a year when the High Priest could go behind the curtain of the Holy of Holies in the Tent of Meeting.  That day was called the Day of Atonement.  The term “atonement” simply means a “covering”. On this day, the Israelites could have a yearly “covering” for their sins.

First, a bull was killed and the blood sprinkled for the High Priest as a sacrifice for his sins.  Then two goats were brought before the Tent and lots were cast.  One of the goats was sacrificed and the blood sprinkled by the High Priest behind the curtain for the sins of the people.  Everyone waited outside to see if God would accept the sacrifice for sins committed.  They were relieved when the High Priest came out. (Leviticus 16:6-19)

The second goat was then brought forward and the High Priest laid his hands on it and confessed the sins and rebellion of the Israelites.  This goat was then led out away from the camp into the wilderness to a solitary place and left there.  As the Israelites watched the goat bearing their sins disappear in the distance, they were reminded of the sacrifice necessary to bring a covering for their sins.  God provided a “scapegoat” who would take the blame for them! (Leviticus 16:20-28)

Jesus Christ came as God’s designated “Scapegoat”!  He offered Himself on the cross to make “atonement” for our sins.  He shed His own blood to pay the penalty for our sins, once for all time!  (Hebrews 9:11-14) He bore our sins and carried them away into a place of God’s forgetfulness, never to be remembered again!  (Hebrews 10:17)

Have you ever blamed someone else for you own misdeed? Have you ever had someone who willingly took the blame for your misdeed so you could go free? Thank God for His provision for you today!

1st Corinthians 5:21 “For our sake, He made Him to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”

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When does God forget sin?

Scripture reading for May 22nd: Job 11-14

“Know this, God has even forgotten some of your sin.” Job 11:6b

“Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” Hebrews 10:17

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sin, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sin and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1st John 1:8-9

Job’s friend Zophar was frank in his accusation that Job needed to repent.  He was certain that Job had sinned and that God was being merciful even in this harsh trial.  He stated that God had probably forgotten some of Job’s sins or it might be worse!  (Job 11:6)  If Job would just repent of  his sin, God would be merciful to him. (Job 11:14-15)  Zophar could not get away from the common understanding of God’s justice that said trouble and suffering were a result of sin in a person’s life.

Job, however, knew of no specific sins and did not want to fake a repentance or manufacture some sin just to manipulate God or appease these friends.  Job did know his need for God’s covering of his sins.  He wrestled with how he could meet with God and what would happen after death.  Finally, Job made a statement of faith concerning his own life and sins.  It is in the form of a prayer discourse with God.  (Job 14:13-17)  Job asked God to hide him in the grave until His anger had passed and then “to set a time and remember me”.  He asked that if a man died, would he live again?  He stated that he expected to hear a call from God and to respond from the grave because God longed to have fellowship with the “creature He has made”.  Job expected by faith that all his sins would be sealed in a bag, covered over and not remembered!

Jesus Christ came as the “mediator” and gave His life for our sins, promising to come again and remember us!  He forgave our sins and remembers them no more!  We will live with Him forever!  This is available now to all who will repent and confess their sins to the Lord!  (1st John 1:7-9)

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God forgets sin when. . .?

Scripture reading for May 22nd: Job 11-14

“Know this, God has even forgotten some of your sin.” Job 11:6b

“Their sins and lawless acts I will Remember no more.” Hebrews 10:17

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sin, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sin and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1st John 1:8-9

Job’s friend Zophar was frank in his accusation that Job needed to repent.  He was certain that Job had sinned and that God was being merciful even in this harsh trial.  He stated that God had probably forgotten some of Job’s sins or it might be worse!  (Job 11:6)  If Job would put away his sin, God would be merciful to him. (Job 11:14-15)  Zophar could not get away from the common understanding of God’s justice:  trouble and suffering were a result of sin.

Job knew of no sin and did not want to fake a repentance or manufacture some sin just to try and manipulate God or appease these friends.  He knew that God alone could cover whatever sins he may have.  He wrestled with how he could meet with God or if the grave would hold him at death.   (Job 14:13-17)  Job asked God to hide him in the grave until His anger had passed and then “to set a time and remember me”.  He expected to hear a call from God and to respond from the grave.   He believed God longed to have fellowship with the “creature He has made”.  At this time, God would not keep track of sin.  Job expected all his sins to be sealed in a bag and not remembered!

Job longed for an audience with God and a mediator who could speak for him.   He asked for resurrection from death with God forgiving and forgetting his sin.  He expected God to call him from the grave at a time in the future when God’s wrath had passed!  We have a mediator who is like us, but without sin!  Jesus Christ came and gave His life to cover our sins.  When we confess our sins and believe on Him, He forgives and chooses to remember them no more!   (1st John 1:7-9)  Jesus is coming again and will call all believers from their graves to be with Him forever!   Job’s prayer and desire is fulfilled in Jesus!

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God forgets sin when. . .

Scripture reading for May 22nd: Job 11-14

“Know this, God has even forgotten some of your sin.” Job 11:6b

“Their sins and lawless acts I will Remember no more.” Hebrews 10:17

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sin, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sin and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1st John 1:8-9

Job’s friend Zophar was frank in his accusation that Job needed to repent.  He was certain that Job had sinned and that God was being merciful even in this harsh trial.  He stated that God had probably forgotten some of Job’s sins or it might be worse!  (Job 11:6)  If Job would put away his sin, God would be merciful to him. (Job 11:14-15)  Zophar could not get away from the common understanding of God’s justice and that trouble and suffering were a result of sin in a person’s life.

Job, however, knew of no sin and did not want to fake a repentance or manufacture some sin just to try and manipulate God or appease these friends.  Job did know his need for God’s covering of his sins.  He knew that God alone could cover these sins.  He wrestled with how he could meet with God or if the grave would hold him at death.  Finally, Job made a statement of faith concerning his own life and sins.  It is in the form of a prayer discourse with God.  (Job 14:13-17)  Job asks God to hide him in the grave until his anger has passed and then “to set a time and remember me”.  He asks that if a man dies, will he live again?  He expects to hear a call from God and to respond from the grave because God will long to have fellowship with the “creature He has made”.  At this time, God will not keep track of sin.  Job expected all his sins to be sealed in a bag, covered over and not remembered!

In this passage, we have the beginnings of the doctrine of atonement for sins.  Job longs for an audience with God and a mediator who can speak for him.  He doesn’t know what his sin is, but knows that he has sin.  He asks for eternal life with God forgiving and forgetting his sins.  He expects God to call and he will answer him at a time in the future when God’s wrath has passed!  What a Savior we have!  We have a mediator who is like us, but without sin!  Jesus Christ came and gave His life for our lives, promising to come again and remember us!  He forgives our sins and remembers them no more!  We will live with Him forever!  This is available now to all who will repent and confess their sins to the Lord!  (1st John 1:7-9)

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