Very Painful and Powerful Words

Exodus 12;30: So Pharaoh rose in the night, he, all his servants and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where there was not one dead. Don’t read that too quickly. I suggest reading it a few times. After God has used nine different supernatural plagues to show His power against the Egyptians we have the last plague, the death of the firstborn. The Israelites were able to escape this tragedy by applying the blood of a perfect, sacrificial lamb to their doorposts. But all of the Egyptians were struck with tragedy.

These are painful and powerful words. Over and over again, God tells us that He is not kidding when it comes to judgment. It begins with the Garden of Eden, continues through the flood, the Passover, the Red Sea and on and on. When we rebel against God there will be judgment. Imagine, if just on your block, the firstborn in every house had died. Not just children died. If the firstborn happened to be 35 years old, he would have died. Death was everywhere. Mourning was rampant. And yet, in the houses of the Israelites there was no death. It was not because of their lineage or their good works. It was because of the blood of the lamb.

The same is true today. The Lamb of God, Jesus Christ has died so that we might escape the certainty of judgment and eternal death. However, without applying that blood to our lives by faith, we too will die. But with Christ, we can live. I beg you to consider if the blood of Jesus Christ has been applied to your life. For the Egyptians there were no second chances. The same is true for each of us.


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