Saved By His Blood.
From Notes of an Unpublished Address.
“SPEAK ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month, they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house. And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house, take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb,” &c. (Ex. xii. 3-7).
I suppose, beloved friends, there must have been at least 50,000 lambs slain that night—I don’t know how many, but we know there must have been a large number—and yet you don’t read in this chapter about lambs being killed, because it is “the lamb.”
How was Israel saved? Condemnation was abroad, judgment was going forth in the land, the destroying angel was going round and yet God provided a way by which every Israelite could be saved. He said, “Take a lamb.” And what had they to do with it? Oh, why let this little lamb, that never did any harm, die? The Lord wanted a lamb.
Suppose we tie a scarlet thread around its neck, or suppose we fasten the lamb to the door post of our house. God will see we have got the lamb He told us to get, and He will pass us by. There is not one here to-day but knows that that would not save the Israelite. God said the blood—“When I see the blood, I will pass you by;” and yet there are people who say, “Oh, Christ has left us an example. We don’t believe in His Cross; we believe He has set us a glorious example. And we believe in the life of Christ, but not in the death of Christ.” You may believe in His life; you may believe in His words; you may believe that He went into Gethsemane’s garden; but if you don’t believe He died on the Cross, the great sacrifice for sin----your sin—there can be no heaven for you. Not the live lamb, but the blood. “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.”
And then there is another sweet expression here-—“If the household be too little for the lamb.” It does not say, “If the lamb be too little for the house,” but “If the household be too little for the lamb.” Did you ever know a heart that could take all of Christ and leave none? No, beloved friends; Christ satisfies every heart, and there is plenty left besides. “If the household be too little for the lamb.” The Lord Jesus Christ is able still to satisfy every soul that trusts His precious, precious blood. And then you read again in the 7th verse: “And they shall take of the blood and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.” I can just imagine the Israelite as he takes the blood and sprinkles it on the door post, and he comes in and shuts the door, and his little children say, “Father, do you think we are safe?” “I have sprinkled the blood, my children, as the Lord told me to do; it now depends on God, and God cannot break His Word.” Outside the house, danger; inside the blood-sprinkled house the Israelites were safe. “The Watchman” 1888