Bible Bite: Marked by the Blood
The story of Pharaoh and the plagues in Egypt is an exciting story, isn’t it?
The Passover account? Not so pleasant.
In His longsuffering and patience, God gives Pharaoh nine opportunities to repent, nine opportunities to know that He is the Lord (Ex. 7:5, 17; 8:10, 22; 9:14, 16, 29).
Each plague is a judgment, but there is also grace in the plagues.
Yet Pharaoh hardens his heart. He refuses the offer.
In the tenth, He shows one more grace.
The God who judges is also the God who saves.
It started after the fall.
“…Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard (Gen. 4:4-5).
Restoring fellowship with God has always required the blood and death of another.
Through Isaac, it was one ram for one life (Gen. 22).
In the Passover, it is one lamb for one household (Ex. 12).
On the Day of Atonement, it is one goat for one nation (Lev. 16).
And finally Jesus—the Lamb of God, it is one man for the world (John 1:29).
Blood and death—it has always been this way.
It is true for the Hebrew. It is true for the Egyptian.
And it is true for us.
Blood must be shed. It’s the lamb—or it’s you.
And that is where faith steps in. Faith to believe there will be a judgment. But faith also to believe that a lamb, weak as it is, will save them from that same judgment through it’s blood.
Blood dipped from a basin and applied to the two sides of the door, then dipped again to mark the lintel (Ex.12:7).
Trace that path in your mind’s eye.
Could it be, even then, a hint of the cross?
From this external sign, the Israelites declared an internal faith in the blood that saves.
Does our internal faith have an outward expression?
By faith, Christ makes it possible to have a new relationship with God.
A relationship that we live out externally with every word, thought, choice, action.
We are saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8). Now we live by grace in faith (Gal. 2:20).
Are you marked by the blood?
If so, let us proclaim that faith through how we live.
By dying to sin (Rom. 6:10).
By being a living sacrifice (Rom. 12:1).
By walking in a manner worthy (Col. 1:10).
In this way, we proclaim our faith and confidence in the blood of the Lamb that saves.
Thank you, Nancy Guthrie, for the thoughts that inspired this post.
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