"And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where you are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt." (Exodus 12:13)
The final judgment on Egypt was about to come upon them. It was going to be the most awful of the ten. "Nothing but the Blood" would protect them from this terrible event!
God gave Moses clear instructions about what to do to escape the dreadful events that were coming to Egypt.
1) Take a yearling lamb, without any blemishes whatsoever, and set it aside four days. Then kill it, in the evening. (Exodus 12: 5-6)
2) Catch its blood, and paint the side posts and upper trim of the door of the house you are living in. (Exodus 12:7)
3) Roast the little lamb, and eat all of it. Don't leave the house that has been painted with blood. (Exodus 12: 8-11)
4) "For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night,...I will execute judgment: I am the LORD." (Exodus 12:12)
5) Only the blood of the lamb will save you from the judgment to come! "...and when I see the blood, I will pass over you,..." (Exodus 12:13) "...the plague shall not be upon you, to destroy you,..."
Can you see Jesus in this passage?
1) A Lamb that is perfect, without any blemish at all. Jesus was without sin, perfect in every way.
2) His blood was shed, and those who have applied the blood to their lives must be willing participants. They must have faith in the sacrificial blood of the Lamb.
3) God will judge the people of this world, one day. And when He sees the blood, He passes over us! (I think of the drill sergeant inspecting his troops. If everything looks good, he passes right on by the cadet.) The blood of Jesus covers a multitude of sins!
4) We escape judgment by the application of the blood!
That night, so long ago, the Hebrew children put blood on their houses, and sat inside of them. God moved through Egypt, inspecting houses. Every door not covered in blood brought judgment upon its occupants. The wails of bereavement filled the night. It was a chilling and dreadful reality of what happens to those who do not believe what God instructs us to do.
The Egyptians were overcome by the plague of death. Death didn't care who they were. Death is indifferent, and no respecter of persons. The prince of Egypt died that night, Pharaoh's own son, because there was no blood on the door of the palace. The pauper, also died in Egypt that night, and it was because God saw no blood on the door of his house.
In 1876, Robert Lowry published a new 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."
The blood must be applied, or it will do you no good! You must be a willing participant!
Run to Jesus, today. Believe in His sacrifice, and ask Him to save you. His blood will wash away your sin! And the door to your soul will be painted red with His sacrificial blood.
From my heart to your heart.