Blood of the lamb: The devotional today is a story we have all heard many times. God had sent Moses to tell the Pharoah to release His people. Yet the Pharoah thought he was beyond any threats and I imagine thought no one was stronger than him. Even now many are fascinated by the tombs of Pharoah’s in history. These were just the slaves who washed the clothes, and did manual labor. They had no value to him. Just in that same fashion someone who does not have a true relationship with God can’t begin to understand the value of one drop of blood, from His only Child, Jesus. The Pharoah learned very quickly the power of the God his servants worshiped. God told the Israelites that He was going to take the first born child from every family as punishment if His will was not followed. The Israelites knew how to sacrifice for the Lord. Before there was Christ’s blood to wash away our sins, they had to continually make sacrifices to God. The best of their animals, the elite of anything they grew. All to show God was worth the best of what we had. Asking forgiveness of their sins and they most certainly did want that forgiveness. In their time they saw things happen to those who didn’t obey the rules He had set forth. Sadly in our time, we aren’t aware of a family’s past or actions and therefore know why the family has had a horrible time of things lately, as punishment for not doing something that God specifically told them to do. We are born in a time where all that is known is the ability to ask God for forgiveness in Jesus name. The mighty sacrifice that God made in letting His only Child be the sacrifice for all of the wrongs in our world. Every single person for thousands of years, has and will be forgiven because of this one sacrifice. That should show you some portion of the value of a drop of Christ blood.
Most of us value our children like nothing else in our world. We want absolutely the best for them and to give them a better life than we ever had. Sadly this has birthed some monsters in our time. Spoiled and unaware of what even repercussions are for something done with deliberate intent. As a child I remember my step Mom saying I had deliberately disobeyed her. I thought that was so harsh and felt that should be reserved for those who planned and plotted to go against someone’s direction. Not when you momentarily forgot some edict handed down. I learned though that we must pay attention to rules handed down and boundaries set for us, or we are going against what we knew to be right, therefore deliberately disobeying the rules set down. The point is to be aware of our actions and think before we make any decisions. Is this against the rules set down for me to live by?
The Israelites were God’s people and He let them be slaves for generations because when left to their own accord they constantly went against the rules He had set down for us. So God let them be slaves, but it didn’t lessen the love of a father has for His children. When He decided they were to be set free, He commanded it but the Pharoah thought he was stronger and more powerful than the God of his slaves. He certainly didn’t want to let his slaves go, for who would do all the work.
God insisted and told Pharoah exactly what was going to happen if he didn’t let His people go. The Israelites believed in God and knew from stories handed down that He had extreme power. They knew He could free His people. So they never hesitated when told what God had told them to do in order to show their belief in God. They immediately went about getting a lamb’s blood to mark their home as one of a believer, so they would not loose their firstborn son. This was such a massive thing to happen then. It would even now be massive and people would wake up and see that God was real. Sadly the Pharoah was so stubborn that it took many more plaques before he admitted defeat to the enemy he could not see.
How many times have we had to just keep hitting bottom before we learned a lesson God was trying to teach us for our own good. We have the Bible to tell us what God can and has done and yet we still choose to do things deliberately wrong, and how we want them to be instead. God can and will do whatever He has to in order for the people to know He is real. We truly need to wake up and pay attention before we loose what is dear to us. We have to obey the rules He has given us. Then we will prosper and go about our lives teaching others what it is to be a child of God and the amazing perks that come with it. We know right from wrong, and we have to decide what we are going to do and then we will have to pay the price if we choose to do things that we know are wrong. You choose who you follow in life. God’s plan, or your own. So which will it be?? No back and forth, just make your decision who you choose to follow.
Thanks for sharing this time with me today, I apologize for the length but I know at the same time every word serves it’s purpose. Please enjoy today’s devotional from His Victorious Indwelling:
At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well. Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead. EXODUS 12:29-30 Where the blood was sprinkled, salvation was the result; and where no blood was seen, the plague fell. God passed through the land that night in judgment, and “there was not a house without someone dead.” Even in the houses of Israel there was one dead—the lamb, the victim, the substitute. In the houses of Egypt there was also one dead—the first-born. In the houses of Israel the lamb had died in place of the firstborn, and that brought peace to many a household that night. You might have gone up to a young man in one of the households of Israel, who was the first-born, and asked him, “How is it with you tonight? Have you peace?” His reply would have been, “Perfect peace!” We might then ask, “How do you feel?” He would no doubt reply, “I do not rest on my feelings, but on the word of Jehovah. The blood is upon the doorpost. It was the father’s work to put it there—but I assure you I took good care to see that it was done. I was much too interested in the matter not to see to it. I would lose my life this night, if the blood were not there. But the blood is there, and Jehovah has said, ‘When I see the blood, I will pass over you.’” So, Christian, are you at rest? Perfect rest? The blood is the basis of your peace, not what you feel. Peace is not a feeling, not an emotion, and not an experience. Rather, it flows from the fact that the claims of God have been met by the Lamb of God, and God respects His precious blood. The blood of Jesus has reached and touched the very memory of God, for we read in Hebrews 10, “Your sins and your iniquities I will remember no more.” The blood of bulls and goats could not take away sins, but the blood of Jesus does. Its value God alone knows. You and I do not know the value of the blood of Christ. We value it surely, but our value of it is very poor and inadequate. God knows its value perfectly, and He esteems its worth fully, and He says to you and me, “Trust that blood. Get under its shelter.” If we can answer, “Lord, I trust it,” then God says, “I shall treat you according to my estimate of the value of that blood, not according to yours.” That is wherein peace lies—not on your estimate or mine of the blood of Christ, but on God’s estimate. And what is God’s estimate of it? He estimates it so highly, that there is nothing too great for Him to do on the ground of it. He delivers you from judgment, and brings you to glory, on the ground of the shed blood of His own dear Son. And more than that, it will give you the sweetest peace and confidence towards God.
W. T. P. WOLSTON