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 St. Luke 4: 29 And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff.

What is a mob?  A mob is united by rage.  We live a time of rage.    As if the congregation in Nazareth was saying: “We’re Israelites after all!  Is the hometown boy saying, we need saving?.  You need to be saved, heal yourself, Jesus because just because what you said!” So, that congregation made Jesus a scapegoat. As many make a pastor a scapegoat because he preaches the truth of God’s Word: let’s get rid of this troublemaker. A congregation can become a mob. I think a mob is the collective of the self-righteous. A mob knows more than God.

All mobs need a scapegoat: the Jew, the black man, the Roman Catholic/the Christian…the unborn.  That somehow the unborn, the Jew, the Christian will diminish MY life, so get rid of them.  We now have the twitter mobs: a faceless collective of the self-righteous.  A smiling white teenager is the face of racism: throw him off the cliff.  The vice-president’s wife teaching at a Christian school with Christian morals:  throw her out and her school.  The baby in the womb is an inconvenience and the birth control failed or it wasn’t used:  suck the child out of the womb. And the New York State senate passed the most comprehensive abortion bill allowing murder till the birth date and making it a right.  When the Law was passed, the New York State senate gave a standing ovation for it’s passage.

 30 But passing through their midst, he went away.

It was not Jesus’ hour. I know I could become a part of the mob as well, till I look in the Law of the Lord and know my need of the Lord.

Psalm 19: Moreover, by them (commandments) is your servant warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.

12 Who can discern his errors?
    Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
    let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
    and innocent of great transgression.

The Lord who would become the scapegoat, as all the sins of Jew and Gentile were placed upon Him, would be driven outside the walls of  Jerusalem. He is the goat slaughtered, His blood of the eternal atonement sprinkled over all cleansing us from all unrighteousness.

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