Pastor's Weekly Encouragement
I was reading about the tenth and last plague that God brought on Egypt through Moses. It was the plague of the firstborn which stated that every first born male in the land of Egypt will die. Then the Lord told Moses what the people of Israel needed to do to save themselves from this plague. In Exodus 12:7; “They are to take some of the blood (from the lamb) and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs.” Then in vs. 13 it says this; “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.” It wasn’t enough that the lamb was slain and its blood shed; the blood had to be personally applied. The people had to take the blood and apply it to their doorposts and frames. It is the same with the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is not enough for us just to believe in Jesus and what He has done, we must live out the belief in our lives. It is not enough just to read the word of God, we must apply what it says to and in our lives. We need to believe in him, read the Bible and live out both of them in our lives and in our world. I think James expressed it beautifully and concisely; “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22) We need to apply the words of God to and in our lives and the world.