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grasping ever more firmly that purpose for which Christ grasps me.Laying hold of that for which he laid hold of me.
“On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn-both men 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. – Ex. 12: 12-13 NIV
I am not often aware of this power of blood to become a barrier to God’s judgement. There are too many other things I worry about. I spend too much time under the false assumption that salvation is in part due to my actions: Singing the right worship songs, witnessing to the right number of people, being faithful in my devotions and tithes and offerings. But these are only symbols of my love, there is no saving grace in them.
2 Kings 6:5-7: “But as one [of the young prophets] was cutting down a tree, the iron ax head fell into the water; and he cried out and said, ‘Alas, master! For it was borrowed.’ So the man of God [Elisha] said, ‘Where did it fall?’ And he showed him the place. So he cut off a stick, and threw it in there; and he made the iron float. Therefore he said, ‘Pick it up for yourself.’ So he reached out his hand and took it.”