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Friday, February 5, 2016

Blood Stains

"Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the door frames of the houses where they eat the lambs." "The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt." (Exodus 12:7,13)
The Israelites were to choose year-old male lambs or goats without defect and care for them for four days and then on the fourteenth day slaughter them at midnight. They were instructed to take some of the blood and put in on the doorpost, then roast and eat the lamb, and stay inside for the night.

Why the blood on the doorpost? What does it represent? The blood testifies that death has already occurred in this house. The death of an innocent lamb substitutes for the death of the firstborn. Death has already come to this house. "When the Lord goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over the doorway and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down."

I imagine that after experiencing nine plagues there were a few Egyptians paying close attention to Israelite activities. Since a mixed multitude came up out of the land with the Israelites, a few of them may have applied lamb's blood to their doorpost as well. All who were behind bloodstained doorposts were safe from death's visit whether Israelite or Egyptian. The same truth applies today with Paul's invitation to all: "Whosover shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Regardless of ethnicity. Regardless of the amount of sin and shame. The bloodstained doorposts protected all who sought refuge behind its door.

Character, integrity, morality---these do not earn redemption. Apart from the blood of the lamb, the most righteous Israelite was no safer than those in Pharaoh's household. The same is true today. God looks at the Blood of Jesus Christ and forgives sinners, both good and bad.

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
Exodus 10:1-12:51
  • Describe what the plagues have done to the Egyptian economy.
  • What do the Egyptian officials recognize about their situation?
  • What does the event of the ten plagues teach the Egyptians about their gods? About God?
  • What two sets of instructions does Moses give the people prior to the last plague?
  • What does the blood of the lamb on the doorpost represent?
  • How long were the Israelites to celebrate the Passover Feast? Why?
  • Who were the "other people" mentioned in 12:38?
  • How long did God tell Abraham that his descendents would be enslaved (Genesis 15:13-14)and how long were they enslaved?
  • What does this tell you about God?
Turning truth into prayer
Remember the words of the old hymn? "What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. Oh, precious is the flow that makes me white as snow. No other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus."

Thank God for the blood of Jesus Christ which was shed for the remission of sin.