The Blood of the Lamb

Page No.13

In Exodus 12:7, God gives Israel very specific instructions about applying the blood of the lamb:

“…they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it.”

This blood was to be a specific sign between Israel and God, to ensure that Israel would not receive the same judgment that Egypt was to receive:

“For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments-- I am the LORD. The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy {you} when I strike the land of Egypt.”

You’ll notice that Israel was saved by the blood of the lamb, and nothing else. Without the sacrificial lamb, a Hebrew home would have received the same judgment as an Egyptian home would have. And, it was not enough to merely have a lamb, or even slaughter the lamb - the blood needed to be applied in the manner God specified.

In other words, a Hebrew home would be spared from judgment if there were three spots of blood at the doorway - one on each of the two doorposts, and one on the “lintel,” or the upper crossbeam of the doorway. Interestingly, 2,000 years ago, when Jesus gave his life for us, there were also three spots of blood - one at His right hand, one at His left, and one at his feet. And, in the same way that God promised to reserve judgment for all houses that applied the blood of the unblemished lamb, the New Testament says essentially the same thing:

“…you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.” (I Peter 1:18-19)


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