“Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and see the Lord’s salvation He will provide for you today; for the Egyptians you see today, you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you must be quiet” (Exodus 13:13-14 ESV).
The blood has great significance in God’s redemption plan. Abel, the first person to have offered the blood sacrifice – the best of his flock – soon paid for his obedience this with his own life. God confronted the killer with wrath saying, “Your brother’s blood cries out to Me.” Divine retribution was unleashed on Cain and he was cast out of God’s presence.
The blood of Jesus cries out louder than the blood of Abel demanding vengeance against the adversary, who comes to steal, kill and destroy. No wonder the devil fears the blood, for it has the power to wreck havoc on God’s enemies.
To understand the power of the blood we only need to remember the first Passover. Moses was commanded to “…kill the Passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts… For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians, and when he sees the blood… the Lord will pass over… and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you” Exodus 12:21-23 ESV
Until the blood was applied, Moses’ petitions fell on deaf ears, and there was no change in the situation for the Israelites. Egypt was ruined by the plagues but Pharaoh remained stubborn, refusing to let them leave his country; their cruel taskmasters grew more angry and oppressive; and there seemed no relief or escape in sight. Let us briefly examine the negotiations between Moses and Pharaoh.
Moses came before the Pharaoh with the command from God Himself – “Let my people go, that they may serve me” (Exodus 1:9 ESV) – and each time the Pharaoh refused, Egypt would be afflicted with a plague. After several plagues, we see only a superficial change in Pharaoh’s attitude. From a place where he would not even acknowledge God – “Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, nor will I let Israel go” (Exodus 5:2 NKJV), to a more conciliatory tone – “I have sinned this time. The Lord is righteous, and my people and I are wicked. Entreat the Lord… I will let you go…” (Exodus 9:27 NKJV) – we find that his intent had not changed. Once he had gained relief from the plagues, the Pharaoh would sing his old tune. But he said to them, “The Lord be with you, if ever I let you and your little ones go…” (Exodus 10:10 ESV).
Yet Moses remained firm. “We will go with our young and our old; we will go with our sons and daughters and with our flocks and herds … not a hoof will be left behind” (Exodus 10:9, 26 HCSB).
The application of the blood brought a dramatic turnaround in the situation as Pharaoh conceded defeated and practically ordered the Israelites out of his country – “Then he summoned Moses and Aaron by night and said, “Up, go out from among my people, both you and the people of Israel; and go, serve the Lord…” (Exodus 12:31 ESV)
There are 4 things that happened immediately after the blood was applied:
1. Protection and preservation of God’s people: The people of God were kept safe in the midst of trouble. When disasters or judgments came upon the sinful, they were not touched. “A thousand may fall at your side… but it will not come near you… No evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent (Psalm 91:7-10 ESV)
2. Deliverance from a mightier force: The hand of God was upon them, so the mightiest nation in the world could not keep them captive. The way was opened for their complete release from slavery. “And on that same day the LORD brought the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their hosts (Exodus 12:51 NASB).
3. Restoration: The Egyptians not only urged them to leave their country quickly, they also paid them their back wages, so that Israelites did not go empty handed (Exod. 13:35-37).“Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save (Isaiah 49:25 NIV).
4. The final rout of the enemy: The vast armies of Pharaoh then pursued Israel for one last time. God opened up a path through the Red Sea for the Israelites to pass through in safety, but swept the chariots and horses of Egypt into the sea, utterly destroying them.“They overcame him [the accuser] by the blood of the Lamb”(Revelations 12:11 HCSB).
The blood of the Lamb is our fortress and refuge in times of trouble; it is also the standard we carry into battle.
At the Last Supper, Jesus announced the new covenant in His blood. The people under this covenant would become an overcoming force, defeating the enemy to take plunder and captives – lost souls – from the strongholds of Satan.
The Blood is symbol of our allegiance to the Lamb who has conquered. When armies fought battles in the past, their flags indicated allegiance to a king or country. When a powerful army set forth, those weaker often chose not to fight and sought terms for peace; or else they would be forced to surrender, lay down their arms and suffer devastating loss.
We are a victorious force because we are marked by Jesus’ blood, which enables us to conquer our enemy. With the blood as our banner, we cling to the Lord’s promise that the gates of hell will not prevail against the church of God and we go boldly into the enemy’s camp to rescue the lost. The blood has the power to save us to the uttermost from every strategy of the evil one and to preserve us from the trouble and judgment that will come upon the world. Our lives are secure and victory is guaranteed.
Father, we thank You for the blood of Jesus that was shed for us, for the amazing protection and deliverance that it guarantees us. We ask You to cover us once again under the blood and keep us safe from the enemy. We yield our lives to You and we ask You to send us to save souls. In Jesus’ name.