There have been many sad days in history. 911. Challenger disaster. Perhaps one of the saddest days in all of history was the judgment of Egypt. The Egyptians (and Pharaoh) continued to put their faith in idols and false gods. Ultimately, God brought the final plague, the angel of death upon the first born. Why? Jonah so many years later said “those who observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy”. Modern paraphrase- If you keep believing in idols and false gods, while ignoring the Living and True God (the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob), at some point God will simply abandon you to your ways. This is what the apostle Paul wrote about in Romans 1 – the wrath of abandonment. The first born are a sign and symbol of the future and our legacy. God, showed there is not future in idol worship. But, with Him, there is no ending at all, we find eternal life. Jesus claimed to be a door to God. When we apply His blood to our ‘doorpost’ and acknowledge the value of His sacrificial death and resurrection, we enter through Him into a relationship with the God who made us. Now that’s the first step toward the promised land!
“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. 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. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt. Exodus 12:12-13
When and how did I first apply the blood of Jesus to my life? What difference has it made?
God, as this day begins- I am pausing to pray for that which I am fasting. Please continue to do a great and mighty work in my ‘project’ and the person I care so much about. It looks like a busy day. I need and want Your wisdom. Oh, help me with productivity. And then, at the end of the day- I look forward to seeing “The Jesus Revolution” movie.