I have heard of people who faint at the sight of blood. Fifteen percent of us have our blood pressure drop when the red liquid is in sight. Admittedly, when I see someone’s life source pouring out of their body, I want to make it stop so no other issues occur, like death.
The nauseous sensation when one sees blood is universal and timeless. It made me think about the incident in Exodus 12 where the Lord is at the end of his rope in dealing with Pharaoh and the Egyptians. The last plague involved death to every firstborn male in a household. Whether it was Pharoah’s firstborn or the firstborn of a slave-girl, even the firstborn of animals born to ones home, there was going to be wailing and a lament unlike anything anyone had heard before.
The solution to not having this happen was to slaughter a young lamb and to take its blood and apply it to your house. Fortunately the blood from one lamb could be shared just a bit. But the idea was that every household used their own possession because there is something about a sacrifice when it costs something.
But I digress, this idea of using fresh blood to protect a household from the angel of death is quite a precaution. So for the hearers of the news on what to do, it must have been a head-scratcher. The prophetic implications of this action was not known then, but is significantly clear to us today. Never-the-less, if one applied blood from a lamb to the main doorway into their house it saved their lives.
There is so much that can be said about this action. Bottom line- it is the presence of Jesus, the spotless, young lamb of God, that saves you and me, even if it just the presence of His blood. It is only when we apply the blood of Jesus to our lives, to the proverbial doorpost of our heart and mind, that we can be saved from a death that brings a wailing and lament like no other we can imagine.
Living in the presence of Jesus is both a now and a later blessing. Salvation is not just for the future, it makes life so much better now. It makes living on planet earth that much better. I would rather live in the presence of the Lord than any other option. How about you?