Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Welcome to Day 25 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Exodus 12:12, “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD. 13 The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and…”
“…when I see the blood, I will pass over you.”
Exodus 13 is all about the consecration of every firstborn male to commemorate them leaving Egypt, the land of slavery. (Perhaps better yet, the day they were set free!) Also mentions that they didn’t take the main road that led through the land of the Philistines, but the off-road toward the Red Sea.
Psalm 21, “The king rejoices in your strength, LORD. How great is his joy in the victories you give!”
Acts 1:8 “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. 10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
At any point along the way, Pharaoh could have let the Israelites go, and God would have spared them… but because of the hardness of his heart, his stubbornness and “unyielding” mindset, it cost them dearly… including the firstborn male of EVERY household in Egypt. It also cost them livestock and ALL their crops…
And, as this story continues, it will cost them their army, since they are about to follow the Israelites to the Red Sea to get them back…
My key observations today are these…
First, “When I see the blood, I will pass over (Passover) you.” That is all anyone had to do to be saved… If there was blood (a one year old lamb or goat without defect) on their doorway, the “destroyer” would not be allowed to enter.
I wonder… if ALL Israelites did this? I wonder if they didn’t use a lamb (or goat) without defect if they were still passed over? I wonder of ANY of the Israelites died that night?
I also wonder… if any Egyptians heard about it and tried to do it… would it have worked? I wonder if circumcision entered into the equation?
Second, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.”
Obedience saved their lives. It wasn’t a hard task… only to put blood on the doorposts.
Didn’t seem to matter what anyone had done prior, or even what was happening in the house… only the blood mattered. “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.”
Two words for today, “Passover” and “power.” (Or “promise” of the Holy Spirit).
The Father sent his only son, Jesus, the Lamb of God without spot or wrinkle, as our Passover. (God sees his blood on the doorposts of my heart and passes over me.) And when he ascended into Heaven and sent the promise of the Holy Spirit, we received power.
Lord, help me to be your witness “in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Dayton, Montgomery and Greene counties, Ohio and to the ends of the earth.) I need your power to do this… Thank you for passing over me. I know it’s not because of anything I have done, only because of your son.