There are many, many familiar phrases and idioms in the English language that have their meaning that originally comes from scripture. Today’s reading is one of those examples.
We’ve all heard about a scapegoat, right? According to Webster, a scapegoat is “a person who is unfairly blamed for something that others have done.”
But the original meaning and usage of scapegoat comes from Leviticus 16:10 which reads, “The other goat, the scapegoat chosen by lot to be sent away, will be kept alive, standing before the Lord. When it is sent away to Azazel in the wilderness, the people will be purified and made right with the Lord.”
Today’s reading: Leviticus 14:33-16:34
Tomorrow’s reading: Leviticus 17:1-19:37