Wednesday, November 16, 2016

When I See the Blood

The animal you select must be a one-year-old male, either a sheep or a goat, with no defects.“Take special care of this chosen animal until the evening of the fourteenth day of this first month. Then the whole assembly of the community of Israel must slaughter their lamb or young goat at twilight. 7 They are to take some of the blood and smear it on the sides and top of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the animal.But the blood on your doorposts will serve as a sign, marking the houses where you are staying. Ex. 12:5-7

When I see the blood, I will pass over you. This plague of death will not touch you when I strike the land of Egypt. Ex. 13:12

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29

Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us. I Cor. 5:7

The connections between the Exodus passages and the New Testament passages is clear. John, Peter, and Paul all saw how the Passover predicted the sacrifice of Christ. The lamb in Exodus is a type, corresponding to Christ in the NT. To a reasonable person, this is, in fact, reasonable.

I used this recently when talking to someone about the Lord. Sometimes we wonder how to get a conversation seated on a spiritual track. Here I used the interesting Bible story containing the type, then turned the conversation corner by essentially saying "In the same way..." to get to the all-important fulfillment in Jesus. The necessity of applying the lamb's blood was not optional to the Israelites. No blood, no avoiding the death angel. So it is now with the necessity of applying Christ's death to oneself. No Christ, no avoiding God's judgment.
Beanscot's Husband
When I See The Blood (Hymn)

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