Why Plead the Blood?
Exodus 12:12-13 (Berean study Bible)
…12On that night I will pass through the land of Egypt and strike down every firstborn male, both man and beast, and I will execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD. 13The blood on the houses where you are staying will distinguish them; when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No plague will fall on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.
Hebrews 10 (NIV)
10 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. 2 Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. 3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. 4 It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:
“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings
you were not pleased.
7 Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll--
I have come to do your will, my God.’”[a]
8 First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. 9 Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:
16 “This is the covenant I will make with them
after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”[b]
17 Then he adds:
“Their sins and lawless acts
I will remember no more.”[c]
18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.
God made a covenant with His people Israel, and through Christ’s shedding of His blood we have that same promise and protection, only better! Not one of sacrificed animals but of the supreme sacrifice for humanity, Jesus Christ our Lord. This is why you often hear people say “ I Plead the Blood”. So take the authority Christ has given us as his heirs and “Plead the Blood” over your yourselves and your households, especially in times like these.
Pastor Becky Lane
Devo Nothing but the Blood
Psalm 51 (NIV)
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
you taught me wisdom in that secret place. 7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity. 10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. 13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
you who are God my Savior,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is[b] a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise. 18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
in burnt offerings offered whole;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.
I know this is long, but worth it. David had killed the Lion and the bear. He defeated and killed Goliath. He was promoted by God to be King and won many wars, but was brought down by sin. This Psalm was written after he committed adultery with Bathsheba and tried to cover his sin with her husband’s blood. He stood before God guilty of adultery and murder and had no defense. He had watched and played his harp for King Saul after Saul had disobeyed God and God had withdrawn his spirit from Saul and now he felt the weight of his sin. Not only his sin but the loss of God’s presences. He throws himself at God’s feet and cries out for forgiveness. He is truly sorry for his sin and asks God to cleanse him with hyssop. Hyssop was the branch of a tree that the priests used to sprinkle the blood of the sacrifices on the people to cleanse them of their sin. He knew that only blood would take away his guilt. God forgives, takes away his sin, forgets it, and reinstates His Spirit and position. Only the blood of Jesus can do that. He then uses David to help others even to this day find their way back to God. It reminds me of Jesus telling Peter after he fell to feed His sheep. Peter had not asked for forgiveness, I think he did not think he could because he could not forgive himself, yet Jesus came to him. Both men could not believe they had failed God the way they did, and yet God forgave them. We must remember God may use us to defeat giants, but we still need Him to defeat sin in our lives also. This is one giant that only Jesus has conquered, so give your sin to Him and forgive yourself. You are not God and can’t do it without Him.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Why we plead the blood
Exodus 12:7 (NIV)
7 Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs.
Exodus 12:12-13 (NIV)12 “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. 13 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.
We use a term in prayer a lot among Christians. It is to plead the blood of Jesus. This is why. When the Israelites were leaving Egypt they put blood of a lamb above their doors. This blood was shed to make atonement for sin and it represented Jesus the Christ. The death angel could not cross the blood line. Jesus’ blood protects us from any deadly plague, sickness, or curse. It atones for our sin and leaves Satan defenseless to attack us. When we plead the blood what we are saying is “I may be guilty, but Jesus took away my sin, you have no case against me”. It also is a reminder that I not only belong to Jesus, but I am on my way to the promises of God.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Pastor Jeff Lane