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Devotional: February 9th
“When I see the blood I will pass over you.”
Israel’s deliverance from Egypt was a redemption both by blood and by power. In the following chapter we read of the redemption by blood.
Exodus 12:1 , Exodus 12:2
To be redeemed is the greatest event in a mans history. The day in which we realise redemption must be the pearl of days to us for ever.
Jesus was perfect, and in the fulness of his strength when he became the lamb of our passover.
It was both in the evening of the day and in the evening of time, that by the general voice of the nation, Jesus was put to death.
Not on the threshold, for woe unto the man who tramples on the blood of Christ.
Do these bitter herbs signify our repentance or the Redeemers woes? Perhaps both.
Our Lord’s sufferings are well symbolised by the fire before which the lamb was roasted.
We must feed upon Christ and upon a whole Christ.
Mark that word, “when I see the blood.” Our sight of the atonement brings us comfort, but the Lord’s own sight of it is the true reason of our salvation.
1 Corinthians 5:6-8
Sin is that sour leaven which must go from the heart where Jesus is the Saviour. The apostle Paul puts this more at length in
1 Corinthians 5:6
It is a spreading thing, and if any be left it will speedily multiply itself.
1 Corinthians 5:8
May the Holy Spirit grant us grace to accomplish this sweeping of the house. Where the precious blood is sprinkled, no sin can be tolerated.
Saints behold your Paschal lamb,
Trust his blood, and praise his name;
Keep the sacred feast and be
Now from guile and malice free.
Stand as pilgrims, staff in hand,
Quitting soon this servile land,
Follow on where Christ has trod,
Till he brings you home to God.
“The Lord hath redeemed Jacob.”
Our last reading set forth the Lord’s command as to the passover, we shall now see it obeyed.
Exodus 12:21 , Exodus 12:22
They must abide under the shelter of the blood or perish.
Else had Israel died as well as Egypt. It was not character or position, but the sprinkled blood which made the difference. The sacrifice of Jesus is the true reason of our salvation.
Whatever else we forget we must hold by the substitutionary atonement as long as time endures.
The youngest ought to be instructed in the doctrine of atonement by blood: it is the most vital truth of our most holy faith.
Death reigned where the blood was not sprinkled, and so must it be. Are we all marked with the blood of our Great Substitute?
Exodus 12:31 , Exodus 12:32
Here was the overthrow of pride. The haughty tyrant surrenders, and becomes himself a suppliant. God’s sword can reach the heart of leviathan himself, though he thinks himself invulnerable and invincible.
These were not borrowed as we understand the word, but asked for, and freely given, because the people honoured the Israelites, and were afraid to incur their anger.
Their long and unpaid services were thus, in a measure, requited by the gifts of the Egyptians.
When souls are spiritually set free from sin, the Lord is pleased to adorn them with many precious things; for he is abundant in lovingkindness towards his people.
Paschal Lamb, by God appointed,
All our sins on Thee were laid:
By almighty love anointed,
Thou hast full atonement made:
All Thy people are forgiven
Through the virtue of Thy blood:
Open’d is the gate of heaven;
Peace is made ‘twixt man and God.
the Sixth Week after Easter
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