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Exodus 12:21-27, Blood on the Lintel

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For the Lord will pass through to strike down the Egyptians; when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over that door and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you down. You shall observe this rite as a perpetual ordinance for you and your children.
— Exodus 12:23-24

RCL Daily Devotion for Saturday, April 6, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

We, like the Israelites, are chosen—called by name, redeemed, and sent into the world.

Yet in the story of the Exodus, God commands the beloved chosen to make an outward sign—paint the blood of a lamb on their lintel and doorposts—so that God would recognize them and pass them over from the destruction of the Egyptians.

Surely we do not earn God’s grace or worldly benefit by such outward acts. Yet as witnesses to God in a world that otherwise does not recognize us, a sign is necessary. I’m not talking a cross necklace, or even the street-corner proclamation of the Word. God’s command of the Israelites involved a sacrifice, and it is no less true for us.

As the old camp song goes, “they’ll know we are Christians by our love.” Love is the blood on the lintel, the sign that we follow in the footsteps of Christ Jesus. Not romantic love, not some vague feeling for others, but active love. Reaching out to serve others without thought of return—not even of winning disciples. Love as an active sacrifice of self to the Other is the most potent sign of who we are and whose we are.

What visible sign of my faith will I present to the world today?


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