The first half of Exodus is interesting. We can relate to the stories of our powerful God…but the second half of Exodus becomes a bit more hard to study and go through
The Old Testament has 39 books in it. These books contain history, law, poetry, wisdom, and prophecy.
The one thread that ties them all together is God’s covenant to His people and a foreshadowing of the coming of Christ.
The one thing that ties them all together is the blood of the lamb.
How awesome to take a closer look at the blood during this Holy Week, right before Resurrection Sunday! In several days, many Christians will celebrate the Risen King, who shed his blood for us upon Calvary!
We saw in Exodus 12, on Passover night, Israel was delivered by the blood of an unblemished lamb. This blood spread over their doors of their houses was applied in faith. The sacrifice of the lamb – the blood shed in their place – caused death to pass over them.
The Israelites were not saved because they were good people or better people but simply because they trusted in the blood of the lamb.
And then God parts the Red Sea and feeds them manna and provides water in the dessert and now they have come to the mountain.
Back in Exodus 3, God spoke to Moses out of the burning bush and said:
“I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you; when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” v.12
Then in Exodus 20. Moses has direct access to God on the mountain that Exodus 3 refers to and Moses receives the laws, regulations and guidelines for His people. A distinct people with a distinct way of living.
And then once again – we see…the blood.
Now in Exodus 24:4-8 :
4 And Moses…rose early in the morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel. 5 And he sent young men of the people of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to the Lord.
6 And Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he threw against the altar. 7 Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.” 8 And Moses took the blood and threw it on the people and said, “Behold the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.” (esv)
God confirms HIS covenant with HIS people by the blood! And here we see God’s unfathomable love poured out for his people. This holy God, whose throne sits on sapphire stone (v.10), allows sinful man to approach HIM — but only through the blood.
Not by merit. Not by following all the laws and guidelines. But by the blood.
And Moses takes the blood and throws it on the altar and then on the people .
God’s holy wrath towards sin is satisfied and His people are forgiven by the blood of the sacrifice.
If we miss the blood we miss the whole point of the gospel.
And so in verse 8 we see the blood reconciles man to God and then this happens!!! “9 Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up, 10 and they saw the God of Israel. There was under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness. 11 And he did not lay his hand on the chief men of the people of Israel; they beheld God, and ate and drank.“
They gazed upon the glory of God and fellowshipped with him at the same table!
A Holy God in perfect communion with sinful man ALL because of the blood.
ALL pointing to Jesus.
Please note the parallel between Exodus 24:8 and Matthew 26:28:
Moses said: “Behold the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you”
Jesus said “this is MY blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
Moses was pointing forward to the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus. Jesus says – it’s MY blood that seals this covenant. It’s MY blood poured out for you.
If we don’t understand this, we don’t understand the Bible.
And like the Israelites on the night of the Passover – we too – must place our faith in the blood of the unblemished lamb – Jesus Christ – so that eternal death will pass over us.
We are not saved because we are good people or better people but simply because we trust in the blood of the lamb of God.
Have you trusted in Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins? No matter how sinful your past and no matter how many commands you have broken, when you are under the blood of Jesus Christ – his wrath is satisfied and you have full access to God!
As this week continues to unfold, take a moment and truly reflect on your relationship with Christ. How much he had to love us to send his son to die for you and me….regardless of our past…regardless of our color!
Words cant describe the love…words could never describe my love for God!