Scriptural Gem for January 2016

In Exodus 12:13 we read: "The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt."
Traditionally, Christians have viewed this verse as describing God 'skipping over' the homes of which the doorposts were marked by the blood of the Passover Lamb. But the original text suggests something deeper. The original text literally reads '...and when I see the blood, I will pass over upon you'.
Now let's take a look at verse 23 of Exodus 12: 'When the LORD goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.' This suggests that God is not passing by but remaining, entering to protect that house. It is interesting to take a look at another occurence of the the word 'pass over' ('pasach' in the original Hebrew) in Isaiah 31:5: 'Like birds hovering overhead, the LORD Almighty will shield Jerusalem; he will shield it and deliver it, he will 'pass over' it and will rescue it'. Here, the word pass over (pasach) is used together with 'hovering', 'shielding' and 'protecting'.
Here is the crux of the matter - as David writes in Psalm 32:7 "You are my hiding place..." we need to realise that God himself is the protector and it is in His presence that we are protected. It is not the blood by itself that protects. The blood of the sacrifice smeared on the doorframes made it possible for Him to enter and to shield the family within. The blood was then and still is now that which opens the way for God to dwell with and in us. However, it seems as if for some Christians the blood in itself is the protection... Make no mistake you can 'claim' the blood all you want but if God is not present, it is futile - it has not fulfilled its purpose. Such people have made a means an end in itself and are stuck in limbo.

Father we thank you for the precious blood of the Lamb. May it fulfill the purpose for which you gave it and make us one with you. Amen