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September 23, 2022 6:00 am
Pastoral author and Bible teacher Alan Wright.
How would you ever note ever paid the debt is too big a way that people deal with their shame apart from Christ is his is absolutely clear what people do, apart from Christ to try to deal with the pain of shame is simply this put to shame in somebody else find escape.
Pastor Alan Wright welcome to another message of good news that will help you see your life in a whole new light excited for you to hear the teaching today.
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More on this later in the program but now let's get started with today's teaching here is Alan Wright what we would like to term the little small sins are actually deserving of a much bigger punishment and because of all of this. There's a huge shame that is lurking in the heart. I can't pay this enormous debt for my sin and I don't know if I can ever be thoroughly fully accepted. So God in the Old Testament gave the people of the wonderful gift he gave them the gift of the rituals of the sacrificial system that they can have at the tabernacle and later at at the temple.
It was in essence this a minimum payment plan is like if this going back to the image of this debt. If you have a big debt with a credit card they send you a letter and say here is your minimum payment due this month. If you make that minimum payment each month.
Then you won't be taken to court. They're not uncommon foreclose on your house or take your car. They're not going to throw you into jail as long as you make the minimum payment will be as if you are not guilty of having this big debt, but in fact the matter you do have this big debt.
This is what the sacrificial system wants people bring their turtledoves and their lambs at Passover and on the day of atonement, the high priest would go in on this one day and would offer this innocent animal blood in the Lord was looking on this again by way of analogy, like a minimum payment due. It did not remove the sin of the people. It didn't pay their debt, but it was as if the Lord was saying I want to give you a wonderful gracious thing I'm giving you a sort of a payment plan. I'm going to instead of bringing down the full punishment for the wages of sin is death on let the death of this lamb served for this next year to cover the sins of the people. So the day of atonement was such a holy holy day goes on this day the sin offering was not just on behalf of the priest, not just on behalf of an individual or a family, but was on behalf of the whole nation and the people with would would be glad at this note was a somber day.
It was also a day to be glad, because our net has at least been covered for this next year and this was the system that they had what happened is that then there were prophecies that began to emerge that there would be a system that would be like this but different altogether better as a prophet like Jeremiah had words like he had in Jeremiah 31. We said the day is coming, which I make a new covenant with my people and it won't be like the old covenant, the covenant of works that they couldn't keep it would be a new covenant is that in that day, no longer one man say to his neighbor know the Lord for they'll all actually gnomic.
They will have intimate knowledge of me in this new covenant and he said, and in this new covenant. Something can be absolutely different. I will remember their sin no more. What was being prophesied is there is a day that was coming in which it would just be a partial payment against this debt, but there be payment in full and that it would be completely absolved prophecies like this and Isaiah 53 in which the prophet said surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows, yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray. We turned everyone to his own way in the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all these prophecies begin to emerge of a much better day that is coming. That was how God was dealing with their guilt and how God was going to one day deal with their guilt. But then there was a second goat and this is part of God's gift to Israel is because on this same day of atonement. There was, not just the goat that was slain but there was this goat that lived and this was the answer for their shame. The goat that was slain was for their guilt. This goat was for their shame and how do they decide on which goat would be by random choice. The casting of lots idea of the scapegoat is any goat will do as long as everybody agrees this is going to be the goat and so this live goat received upon at the hands of Aaron who spoke on behalf of the people. Every unclean thing in the life of Israel. You just imagine how horrible this is Sweeney want to hear the things that that Aaron is speaking onto this this goat everything that was disgusting in humanity. Everything that was in the heart of of of of of the people that was ugly and unworthy and and and and send full and all of this just announced over this goat's head. This this port goat who who it was, had not done anything wrong is just laden with all these words of how vile the goat is how awful the goat is how terrible the goat how stupid the goat is how unclean the goat is everything that is the worst about the people God proclaimed over this goat's head and then they take the goat instead of killing it and they said it out to the wilderness to Oz ZyXEL out into the drive place right to the unproductive wilderness. The scapegoat has to go out and stay alive be in the unproductive place where it can never be successful every Charlie Brown has to be told you're always a loser because if you started winning.
It would upset everything. You can't be productive or else you can't be our scapegoat is were always good to keep this image of you in the scapegoat goes out into the wilderness, unproductive, unsuccessful, and has to live but live in isolation. Keep living so you can carry our shame, but do so without ever touching us never come back and touch us. We can't stand the sight of you because you are so ugly. In other words the scapegoat exist so that you scapegoat will carry my shame and I will therefore feel better about myself and this is the heart of people we have guilt we have shame and way that people deal with their guilt and their shame apart from the gospel is empty.
People that are trying to deal with their guilt, their status of guilt but don't know Christ either.
And this is really simply put, but either rebel to become really religious. The rabble says about guilt. I don't care anymore. I'll do whatever I want to do, I might as well just try to grab some happiness. You're not will tell me what's right and what's wrong. In fact, I'll tell you there is no right or wrong and I'll do whatever I want. I will make my guilt go away by determining that I'm not guilty because there is no right or wrong and I'll do whatever I want to do the opposite side is the religious person, the person says what I'll do is I recognize that there is right and wrong and I'm to be better than everybody else to do enough good to make up for my sin. I'll do penance keep the rules and I will be better than other people, but neither rebellion or religion ever works to resolve the soul of the pain of guilt. The rebellious might become insensitive because of a callused heart always has a lust for more. Every addiction doesn't satisfy leads into deeper slavery right and so it is that the religious never can do enough never could be good enough. No matter how hard you try. How much penance you do. How would you ever note ever paid the debt. The debt is too big to pay.
The way that people deal with their shame apart from Christ is is is absolutely clear what people do, apart from Christ to try to deal with the pain of shame is simply this, put the shame of somebody else find a scapegoat find someone Charlie Brown. So instead of facing the pain of my own shame this terrible feeling that makes me feel so flawed, anxious or unacceptable. I'll transfer it to the scapegoat.
We don't we don't put hands on them, but we do it in a thousand ways, name-calling, gossiping, ostracizing, ridiculing, blaming, prejudice, racism. It happens in our homes happens on the playground at school happens in whole races of people whole nations have done it to try to get everybody else to agree. This person is the problem this race of people that the problem this institution.
That's the problem because we don't talk about our own pain easily.
We can talk easily about the other person's shortcomings, we can shame that person. We don't have to look at our own painful shame. Just talk about them any random scapegoat will do any Charlie Brown who will agree with the image keep the scapegoat isolated keep the scapegoat unsuccessful. Keep a scapegoat bearing shame the people so often it happens. Even our own home. See what happens is when we have problems and dysfunctions in our home instead of instead of knowing how to bring Christ and bring it out in the light and be able to talk about her own pain and and and work through difficult things in and is often what happened is about one kid little bit rebellious and advises what the problem is this kid got the problem to thereby start talk about Johnny die becomes a scapegoat for the family's problems. John is not so bad guys come scapegoat talent right will have more teaching moment. Today's important series like something is holding you back as if you lack an important scene that could change everything. Is there someone you love to sing stack to help them what's missing blessing. We all can override you can learn how to embrace who practice a blessing to Pastor Alan writes new, but it's a blast, which became an Amazon number one best seller. After 370s until now the hardcover book has only been available through retail sales this month right ministries once send you the I thank you for your donation. Make your gift today discovered the power to bless the gospel is shared when you get Allen right ministries. This broadcast is only possible because of listener financial support. When you get today. We will send you a special offer. We are happy to send this to you as I thanks from Allen right ministries, seven 877-544-4860 877-544-4861 come to our website pastor out and got work days teaching now continues once again is often do this just in our attitudes are societal attitudes. It explains what's behind the horrors of racism explains the atrocities to go on our world. You're the problem. Five. Somebody can shift your shame towards. I know this is painful stucco.
So if you're going for. Like that's what my wife spent like you wondering if you're if you're if you been made into a scapegoat. How would you know well how do you think about yourself. Is there a tape recorder in your mind. This is, I don't measure up. And I'm not like other people. There something about me. That's unacceptable how people treat you others tend to abuse you. People try to isolate you to go along with it. How you respond to people mistreat you. Do you just take it like you deserve it to get mad and unproductive way so you can't really have a civil conversation.
What boundaries do you have people that live the life of the scapegoat have a hard time ever say no without feeling guilty people have access to you and your energy and your emotions into your depleted and your empty. Do you know where the line is to other people know where the line is that he viewed her body. How do you how you see yourself as something holy to be protected, not violated or people tended us what they want what what what what is what. Is it likely inside of you. When there's a problem that emerges around you. What issues for me. I recognize years ago I'm alive part of the shame of my life was.
I had like this false alarm that would always go off so I had put his like some I talk about a problem inside of me was this false alarm like I gotta fix it. You know, like it like in our house mill. The night alarm goes off and also your blood is pumped in and you like is a really a thief in the house. We've had enough false alarms that only think about it now just walk downstairs and underwear. If there is a fee for this is not only pretty but every time something happens every time somebody asked you to do something is our fault along the under disappointment. These are all pictures of the scapegoat mentality what your resentment level like scapegoat's carry a lot of resentment because they don't want to be the scapegoat they hate being treated this way what your motivation in life are you doing in serving and giving because you feel full of faith and you want to make a difference.
Are you feel more like you're unaccepted and you're trying to become acceptable the first of faith, but the second is fear.
The gospel is only answer for this beloved. The gospel is only answer for this and what was prefigured on the day of atonement life of Israel comes to pass in the person of Jesus Christ. The first coat we understand better the first coat that was slain is the answer to our guilt. The gospel is the answer because if you can imagine that picture I was ascribed have a $500 million debt and judge if you could pay it plus interest in the truck charges will be dropped, but I would never build a pay at so much greater. Figuratively, spiritually, is our debt to God is our debt of sin punishment that we deserve is a debt that is too high. We could never pay and we don't know anybody wealthy enough to build up a vast image of the Scripture is somebody that was perfect. Sunlight was infinitely wealthy.
Somebody that that was absolutely deserving have to come and stake everything on our behalf and so was it Jesus came the sinless one and he died in our place in the shed his blood. Because the Bible said the wages of sin is death and a death had to take place.
So Jesus died in your place. He is the Lamb that takes away the sin of the world and what this means for us is glorious.
What this means for us and cause us to shout hallelujah now and for all eternity. Your debt has been paid in full and the judges drop down the gavel and said, not guilty to charges have been dropped. There is no more debt to be paid. Jesus was the first coat. He is the one who bled for you and it is not a partial payment. It is not minimum payment due.
It is as Jeremiah had prophesied the Lord members your sin no Jesus came not just to deal with the human problem of guilt. But Jesus came to deal with our shame.
He's not just the first coat. He's the second goat. He's also the scapegoat. He was ridiculed he was isolated he was mocked he was stripped he was hung and sent to the utter spiritual wilderness until he felt so alone that he said Mike Cobb. I got why you forsaken me in this work of Christ that I speak of is not about paying the penalty.
It's about letting every unclean thing in this world go into him, literally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Because what the Bible says is that he who knew no sin became our sin. It was as if he were the goat and not end up in the hands of the people were laid upon him in every room, filing an unclean thing about the people that they didn't want to deal with was injected into him. He took on our sin, he became our sin. And so it is that he not only paid the penalty, but he took the shame of the world into his being and then an even greater miracle. Here's what the gospel clearly says is not only that, he who knew no sin became our sin became my said he bore it in his body. He bore himself.
He became, it became a scapegoat. But not only that, but an even greater miracle. The Bible says and we were so full of sin were declared to be the righteousness of Jesus Christ tell you the answer to our shame. Beloved answer to our shame is the only answer for shame and that is to know that you are radically accepted and live forever and forever. It's one thing to know that the has been paid and it's another thing to note that you are beloved by God is one thing to know that there is nothing else that you could ever do to pay this debt because you been declared not guilty, but I tell you, it's just as blissful to your shame as they left because now you been accepted in the beloved. Because what it means Christians you can know that you go to the father and you don't have to hang your head in shame, because not only has he forgiven you, but he has made you ultimately perfectly attractive to him and he looks on you. The way he looks upon his own love time is Jesus is, so also are we in this world. So what this means is if you ever played the role scapegoat for anybody. When you start realizing how radically accepted. You are in Jesus Christ. When people try to scapegoat you have to say excuse me, you must be confused. I realize right now that you're trying to label me as the one who is the problem, and I do have problems but I'm not your problem and I realize right now that you would like to make me the one who bears your shame, but I can't be here, shame bear and I will not be and I course are saying this very Christlike way and be glad to love you and relate to you but I will not be able to be your scapegoat any more beloved Linus was wrong. Charlie Brown was not the Charlie Brown. He asked of them all.
Jesus was, is, by his choice to be the scapegoat. So you wouldn't have to be.
And that's the gospel and scheme for this blessing. Your life grace filled vision for the rights of free grace and encouragement blessing. It's free.
Just got away like something is holding you back if you can important see could change everything. Is there someone you love hissing stock. What's missing blessing. We all can override you can learn how to embrace who practice a blessing to Pastor Alan writes new book, which quickly became an Amazon number one best seller after its recent until now the hardcover book has only been available through retail sales this month right ministries once send you the I thank you for your demos make your gift today discovered the power to bless gospel shared when you get Allen right ministries. This broadcast is only possible because of listener financial support. When you get today.
We will send you a special offer. We are happy to send this to you as I thanks from Allen right ministries, seven 877-544-4860 877-544-4861 come to our website pastor out.work freeing teaching and what awaited him there with a sigh of relief. Now what was the what are some mixed opportunities now that you've understood this and you let it soak in the well. One of the things Daniel always like to point our listeners to is that if this starts touching upon the issues of shame in your life. We devote a lot of our ministry to help people be liberated from the toxic effects of shame.
We have materials for yourself yourself and other materials through a website. Here's the take away from this there were two goats on the day of atonement, and the first one paid the penalty was shed blood. That was about guilt, but the second one stayed a lot and was sent out in the wilderness with all the sins visual confession that was about shame. Jesus came both to pay the penalty for your guilt, but also to bear that toxic sense of shame that Adam and he first felt so you can know yourself to be 100% accepted in Christ, so that shame no longer has to bind your heart that's been one of the great journeys that have been all my life, and so revise hearing this and it's pricking something in your heart. I encourage it is worth the journey to understand the issues of shame and let Jesus become your healer. Thanks for today. Visit us email@example.com or call 877-544-4860 877-544-4860 if you only caught part of today's teaching.
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