The Only Shamegiver became the Only Shamebearer

Yesterday I preached on the issue of Shame.  I used three particular passages.  In Genesis 3 we see where Shame entered the world and how humans were cast out of the Garden to live a life of shame and disgrace.  In Leviticus 16 we see where Shame is dealt with in regard to the Scapegoat, who is cast out into the wilderness, just like Adam and Eve.  Yet, this scapegoat is not enough for us.  In Isaiah 53 we see Jesus who became the Divine Scapegoat.  He was cast out that we may be brought in.  The Only Legitimate ShameGiver became the Only legitimate ShameBearer.

During the sermon, my daughter, Callie, drew the picture to the left that emphasizes in big letters “SHAME.”  Then above the word SHAME is the phrase “He Will Give…” and underneath is the phrase “He Will Bear…”  I thought it was pretty cool.

Made to Fly – A Poem by Callie Melton

This is a poem written by my daughter – Callie Melton.  She calls it “Made to Fly”.  Whenever I read it, it makes me think of heaven.  My heart yearns to dwell in that place where earth and sky are one, where the curse has been removed, where our doubts no longer master us,…where our faith has become sight and we dwell together with our God in the garden that he has prepared for us.

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