Women of a New Season: The scapegoat

Leviticus 16:21:  Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, confess over it all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions, concerning all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat, and shall send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a suitable man.

Have you ever felt this way?  Alone, cold, full of fear, accused of things you didn’t do?   Were you shoved aside by family, friends, even church people, ostracized by everyone you know?  Basically, you were forced from shelter with your herd, as this little goat was, with no place to be welcomed or allowed to enter.

This little animal trembled under the hands of the priest as the sins of the people were placed on his tiny frame. Animals have instinct, birds quiet before a storm, or in the jungle at the threat of an intruder.  This little one knew and he trembled in fear. Jesus had this experience on Calvary. How He must have suffered.

Did others blame you for things, pushing you away in the process? Did your spouse ever abuse you or abandon you?  Perhaps through adultery, maybe even while continuing to live with you, yet leaving you cold and alone?

Do you lie down even now at night in cold fear of what’s coming, whether in reality or in your mind?  Do you feel the weight of your sin or fears on your trembling frame?  Or maybe you are carrying on your trembling, frightened body, the burden of your past being shoved constantly into your tear-stained face? This sort of situation is still coming from the smoking, fiery breath of the dragon.

You know that you are about to be sent away into a wilderness full of lonely days and nights, with dark shadows looming everywhere around you.  Well, take heart, Jesus is in that wilderness with you.  He will bring you out of the darkness into His marvelous light, where you will be forgiven, loved and cherished.

Ask Jesus into your heart and you will no longer have to tremble in fear, wandering alone, cold and hungry for love.  For He is love and He is perfect, and perfect love casts out all fear.  Until next time!


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