Monday, October 1, 2007

Passover

Exodus 12:23 says "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 that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down".

He sees the blood and passes over us! I have read that passage a thousand times and yet I have heard it in a fresh way several times in the last few days. God gave His people explicit instructions on how to slaughter the lambs, how to cook them, even how to eat them. Then they were to sprinkle the blood on the top and sides of the doors so He would know to pass over them and let their first born children live.
I think it is so amazing that He formed that picture way back in Moses' time that would prove true for us today. When He sees the blood on the door to our hearts He passes over us and lets us live - forever. The key to this is the blood. The blood of Jesus is so precious to the Father that when He sees the blood that has covered all our ugly, nasty, depraved sins He passes over us. Jesus' blood is the only thing that keeps God from seeing the truly terrible sins in our hearts. When God looks at us He sees Jesus' blood and not the filth of who we really are - He sees who we really are in Christ.
And that, my friends, is completely amazing to me. So amazing that I cannot even fathom it all-- but I'm trying, I'm really trying.

4 comments:

Abby said...

we studied/taught about the arc of the covenant and the old test. temple all summer at camp....

i love that reminder that when He looks down on us He sees the blood of Christ, our Lamb that covers us, and KNOWS we are His...ah...just to rest in that!

great post :)

He Knows My Name said...

you probably already know this but here goes:

Ex 12:22 take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe.

David:
Ps. 51:7 cleanse me with hyssop, and i will be clean; wash me, and i will be whiter than snow.

(hyssop being a plant used as a paint brush to dip in the blood)

i love all the rich old testament stories that translate/point to Christ/our salvation etc.

i love your blog.

~ janel

Earen said...

Amen! What a great post...as always!

Jennifer Partin said...

We are nothing but dirty rags, aren't we? Boy, if we remind ourselves of this daily it sure would keep us humble and grateful for His mercy towards us. Thank you Jesus!!
Thank you BethAnne for the reminder--I needed to be reminded again.