Day 6: The Blood
In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. Hebrews 9:22
The Lord instructed his people to take the blood of the unblemished lamb they had just killed and apply it with hyssop to the door posts and lintel of their homes in order that the death angel would see the blood and pass over the house. The angel would see that the obedience of those who dwelled there revealed their faith in the word of God. This was the beginning of the long, bloody history of the institution of the sacrificial system. For more than a millennia following that night, not only were there thousands of lambs slain in the annual Passover, but there were countless rams, bulls, doves, and sheep slaughtered in the various sacrifices the law required—most likely enough blood to fill a sea. All of this was to demonstrate how serious our sins are in God’s sight, and to foreshadow the coming of the Lamb whose blood would finally cover it all!
There was nothing that Israel did that did not necessitate blood as its foundation. Even the ordination of priests and consecration of vessels required sprinkling of sacrificial blood. Notice how it says in Exodus 12:22 that once the blood was applied to the door, no one was to leave the house; they had to remain under the covering of the blood. There was no safety from the justifiable wrath of a holy God apart from the blood. It was not just the consuming of the lamb that saved, it was remaining under the blood. It was not merely the purging of leaven that saved them, they had to remain under the blood. Paul tells us that since Christ, our Passover Lamb has been slain, we can keep the feast. It is only because we are under his blood that we can eat of the feast. It is only because of the blood that what follows makes sense, and is effective for our redemption.
• Are you very certain you’re trusting in the blood of Christ alone for your salvation, or are you depending on good works and self-effort?
• The blood of Christ not only redeems us, but we find that all of our spiritual life going forward is under his covering. Do you sense in any way that you’re trying to live the Christian life in your own power, not under the covering of the blood of the Lamb?
Lord, I thank you that there is safety under Jesus’ own blood, given to redeem me from my sin. It truly is a gift of your grace—not anything I have done on my own to save myself. Help me to always live in dependence on this grace.
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries