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.
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)
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
Remember, you can love your neighbor only to the extent that you love yourself. Do you agree?
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)