Nor Forsake Thee . . .


Deuteronomy 31:8:

And the LORD, He it is that doth go before thee; He will be with thee, He will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

Deuteronomy 32:4:

He is the Rock, His work is perfect: for all His ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He.

Isaiah 43:

But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and He that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

Since thou wast precious in My sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.

Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;

I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring My sons from far, and My daughters from the ends of the earth;

Even every one that is called by My name: for I have created him for My glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.

Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth.

Ye are My witnesses, saith the LORD, and My servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He: before Me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after Me.

I, even I, am the LORD; and beside Me there is no saviour.

I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are My witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God.

Yea, before the day was I am He; and there is none that can deliver out of My hand: I will work, and who shall let it?

The Scapegoat

scapegoatIn Leviticus 16, God tells Moses and Aaron how the sins of Israel are to be taken care of. Sin offerings were made to cover up and atone for the sin, but the sin was still there; it was just covered with the blood of an animal. No animal’s blood could wash away sin . . . only cover it.

So, in order for Israel to be “free” of their sin, they needed something to take their sin upon them. In Old Testament times, this was done by way of a scapegoat.

A scapegoat was a selected animal that would bear the sins of Israel upon itself. But, contrary to what you may think, the scapegoat was not killed. An animal could not bear the sins of a nation and die for them . . . a goat is not pure enough to take a nation’s sin to the grave. No, the scapegoat was released into the wilderness.

Leviticus 16:22:

And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.

The scapegoat simple took the sin elsewhere . . . no blood atonement. That was not accomplished until Christ, the perfectly pure sacrifice, came and took the sins of the entire world, past, present and future, upon Himself and died for them. His blood washed away the sins, whereas the scapegoat just carried the sins somewhere else.

Christ is more than a scapegoat. He washed away our sins so that we may be like Him. What an amazing, loving sacrifice!

Three Inches of Water

lakemountainAn excited new convert was reading his Bible with a liberal minister he knew. The boy was reading through Exodus when he got to the Red Sea crossing. Suddenly, he startled the minister with a loud exclamation of, “wow! Praise the Lord!”

The minister looked at him and asked him what the commotion was about.

The young man responded, “The Lord has just rescued the Israelites by breaking the Red Sea apart for them!”

The minister frowned, “my Historian friend says that, at that time of year, the Red Sea was nothing but a swamp filled with three inches of water.”

The young man deflated, “oh.” He turned back to his Bible and kept reading, not near as excited.

Within a few moments, the young man exclaimed, “wow! Praise the Lord!”

The minister replied with, “what is it this time?”

The young man looked at him, glowing. “God has even performed a greater miracle! He has just drowned the entire Egyptian army in three inches of water!”