The Israelites were not spared judgment in Egypt because they prayed or because they fasted or
because of their own merits but only because they applied the shed blood as God instructed. They
were in houses behind the blood that had been applied to the doorposts; thus, their firstborn were
spared from death.
In order for the firstborn to be spared, a lamb had to be killed and its blood applied to the
doorposts. Death would be inflicted either on the firstborn or on the substitute for the firstborn.
But the death of the lamb alone would not do; its blood had to be applied as God instructed.
God said, “They shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door
post of the houses” (Ex. 12:7). Nothing was left to chance or to man’s ingenuity. Salvation was,
and is, totally of God.
Although Christ shed His blood for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2), no one is saved from
condemnation unless he personally trusts Christ as Saviour (John 1:12). Receiving Christ as
Saviour is appropriating to oneself what Christ has made available.
Not until the blood has been applied does it actually provide safety. It is not enough to know that
the blood of Jesus Christ was shed for the forgiveness of sin—one must personally trust Him as
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as siluer and gold….
but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot (1 Pet.