What’s all this blood talk?

Exodus 11:7  “…that you may know that the LORD makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.”
Exodus 12:13  “The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. 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.”

Fundamentally, there was no distinction between Egypt and Israel.  But the Lord made one.  And it wasn’t because they were “Israel”, nor because they were the sons of Abraham.  It was because of the blood.

Blood can be an offensive thing.  Especially when the blood is from thousands of sacrificed animals and it is painted on door frames, or thrown against an altar, or thrown on people (Exodus 24).  Sounds pagan, doesn’t it!  Haven’t we evolved beyond all this “blood talk”?  Aren’t we just a bit more cultured, a bit more civilized in the way we express our religion?

Jesus didn’t think so.  “And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” (Luke 22:20)

Paul didn’t think so.  “In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.  For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”  (Corinthians 11:25-26)

The basis of our salvation is the blood of Christ.  The basis for our life with God is the blood of Christ.  If there is no blood, there is no distinction.  If there is no distinction, there is only destruction.

Take a moment and thank God for the blood of Christ shed for you.  Trust in Him alone.

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