A daily devotional by Dr. K. Neill Foster
for June 04, 2020
|The Power of the Blood|
Text: "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." Exodus 12:13
The ongoing contest between Moses and Pharaoh had come to a climax. The night when the firstborn would die had arrived. To escape the horror, the Israelis were to put the blood of a lamb on the doorposts of their homes. That meant that the death angel would pass over their homes and, because of the blood, no one would die there.
When the event finally took place, "Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night and there was loud wailing in Egypt for there was not a house without someone dead." (Exodus 12:30)
This was the climactic event--the Egyptians chasing out the Israelis, begging a blessing as they went. The beginning of Passover and the Jewish calendar is marked by this event in two nations that endure until this day.
The blood. It is implicit in Abel's accepted sacrifice. It is a specific part in the sacrifices described in the book of Leviticus. And, of course, the blood becomes profoundly significant in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
The hymnody and liturgy of the Christian Church is focused on the blood of Jesus Christ--for without the blood there is no remission of sin. Both Judaism and Christianity are blood-focused faiths after the momentous events in Egypt.
For common sinners like you and me, it is still, "When I see the blood, I will pass over you."