Snapshots: Day 57
The Snapshot: “when I see the blood, I will pass over you.” (Ex 12:13) The most significant words in Exodus! Words that will eventually be applied to the Son of God. Judgment is coming, death will come and so it will only be the blood of a lamb that will stop the destroying angel of judgment. The Egyptians could have done this if they wanted to – and perhaps some did. It is open for anyone who sees their hopeless state and grasps for the straw – for usually we have to come to that state before we will grasp for that which God offers, summed up as ‘The Cross’, the work of the Son of God dying in our place on the Cross. God doesn’t want death, He wants repentance that opens the door to eternal life (see Ezek 18:23,32, 33:11).
Further Consideration: The grumblers, the crusading but limited in knowledge atheists tends to focus on two complaints: what is all this talk of the need for judgment and what is all this terrible talk about shedding blood.
The first complaint is usually made by those who either want to protect their own life from prying eyes that will reveal failures, or from those who refuse to consider the subject except in only the shallowest terms. But ‘justice’ is that strange concept that we all have that wrongdoing has to be punished. Accepting the folly of relativistic thinking, many people say that right or wrong behaviour is only what appears in each unique circumstance until, that is, until they are confronted by abuse, violent attack, or theft in their own circumstances and suddenly they are baying for justice, demanding that action be taken to apprehend the offender and punish them. Strange that! No, justice demands that wrongdoing be dealt with, all wrongdoing.
The second complaint, about blood, fails to miss the point. Such blood is the sign that a life has been taken, a life that Charles Dickens so ably showed in ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, was given as a substitute so that another could go free, one stepping in and taking the punishment for another.
What took place during the night of ‘the Passover’ truly applied to that situation and allowed every Hebrew – and for that matter every believing Egyptian – to take specific action to avoid suffering loss in that night. Every single family in the land could have avoided it, but those who refused to believe, refused to take the action put before them, brought it. Today there is no need for anyone to face eternal destruction, no need for anyone to fear the future, but it does all hinge on believing the amazing accounts laid out in the Gospels, such rational and mind-grabbing, such believable, accounts. It is only ‘self’ that refuses God, refuses to believe, refuses the offers laid before it.