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"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." --- Psalm 119:105

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LEVITICUS --- The Book of Laws

Why Do We Say What We Say?
But the goat chosen by lot as a scapegoat shall be presented alive before the Lord to be used for making atonement by sending it into the desert as a scapegoat. (Leviticus 16:10)

In the above scripture, a scapegoat is a goat upon whose head the sins of the people were symbolically placed after which the goat was sent into the wilderness as a method of atonement for the sins of the people. Today a scapegoat is someone on whom the blame of others has been placed.

I have always been fascinated with words and expressions. There are so many interesting stories behind the common words, phrases, expressions and cliches we use without giving much thought to them at all.

I have collected thousands expressions. Rather than giving them randomly, I will share with you today from my collection of expressions concerning animals. Why do we pass the buck? What's a dark horse? What's a snake in the grass? What's a bull in a China shop like? What's a pig in a blanket? How can it rain cats and dogs? Why would curiosity kill the cat? And why would the mice play when the cat is away? And what's a whale of a deal? Probably one you would find at a flea market.

Wouldn't it be nice to know what the above expressions mean? I have done the research, now enjoy my findings

Quiz- Words, Expressions (Animals)
www.quia.com/quiz/1043277.html

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Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself
Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. Leviticus 19:18 NIV

Do you put yourself down and ridicule yourself for a mistake you have made or because you have made a wrong choice in a matter? How often are you your own worst critic? Do your have compassion for others but not for yourself?
 
If you don't love yourself, then how can you practice Leviticus 19:18 that commands you to love your neighbor AS YOURSELF? If you are self-critical and don't love yourself, how can you love your neighbor?

It is not selfish to love yourself. You are to love yourself as God loves you. You should be just as compassionate on yourself as Jesus is toward you. You are to be just as comforting to yourself as the Holy Spirit is toward you.
 
Remember, you can love your neighbor only to the extent that you love yourself. Do you agree?
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Today is the National Day of Prayer
Proclaim liberty through this land and to all its inhabitants. (Leviticus 25:10)

President George W. Bush proclaimed today, the first Thursday in May as the National Day of Prayer. On this day, Thursday, May 6, 2004, in communities across America, millions will unite on their knees at noon for the 53rd Annual National Day of Prayer, to pray for our troops, our leaders and our nation. Today people will pray individually, in groups, in ceremonies and other activities or events to demonstrate their faith that prayer changes things. Wherever you are at noon today, let's proclaim liberty through this land and to all its inhabitants.

President Bush said, "Prayer is an opportunity to praise God for His mighty works, His gift of freedom, His mercy, and His boundless love. Through prayer, we recognize the limits of earthly power and acknowledge the sovereignty of God. According to Scripture, 'the Lord is near to all who call upon Him . . . He also will hear their cry, and save them.' Prayer leads to humility and a grateful heart, and it turns our minds to the needs of others."

This is probably one of the few times when people all over this land will have an opportunity to come together to pray as one unit. Let's take advantage of this opportunity to pray to God thanking Him for all His marvelous acts He has bestowed upon us, His people.

And even when this day is over, let's pray continually. (I Thessalonians 5:17)
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