1-9 The Remnant is Armed – the Blood of Jesus
It may sound confusing to think of the Blood of Jesus as a weapon but there are two types of weapons, those of Offense and those of Defense.
The Blood is a “defense” weapon. Without the blood covering we are vulnerable. In the Old Testament there is a story of the Israelites that depicts covering in a physical sense.
Ex. 12:21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover. 12:22 And all of you shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the basin; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. 12:23 For the LORD will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when he sees the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to strike you. 12:24 And all of you shall observe this thing for an ordinance to you and to your sons for ever.
Whereas the name of Jesus and the Word of God are active weapons to take the enemy out, or at the least displace him for a time, the Blood of Jesus puts a protection round about the people of God. The Israelites did not have to fight their enemies in this battle, they were to stay in the shelter of their home.
In the New Testament we find a different take on this scenario. Jesus has come. He is making the better way for His people, a way to clear not only the sin, but the conscience of the individual, to set them free.
Heb. 8:6 But now has he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. 8:7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. 8:8 For finding fault with them, he says, Behold, the days come, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant…..
There is no remission of sins without the shedding of blood. In the Old Testament animals were used but it did not satisfy the sentence over man. Why? A cow did not sin. A man did. Death came as a result, along with the knowledge of evil. Adam and Eve already knew good. Indeed, they walked and talked in the presence of God the Father. But when that corrupt knowledge came into their being there was no innocent man to fix their lost condition.
Heb. 9:10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. 9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 9:13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies to the purifying of the flesh: 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Because our sins are covered by the shedding of innocent Jesus’ blood we have protection from eternal judgment and our conscience is cleared of the guilt of our past. However, we have now a place to live and move and have our being: in Jesus Christ. We need to not return to the elements of this world but to rise above. We are now members of the heavenly kingdom.
Acts 17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if lest by any means they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 1 7:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
What a gift, what a price to pay, what love towards mankind, what mercy, for each and every one of us that will choose Him as Lord.