I was struggling with a title for this blogpost, until the song by Rozalla called Everybody’s Free came to mind. For the benefit of those who don’t know, this song came out in 1992 (when the genre of “Rave” music was just getting started). And yes, I still love this song.
Anyway, I was thinking today about Passover (which actually starts the evening of April 22 for this year) and its origins. You’re probably wondering, “What does that have to do with the title of the blogpost?” Great question, but you’ll see as you keep reading.
Well, in Exodus 11, we find Moses receiving a word from the Lord about the tenth and final plague upon Pharaoh and upon Egypt. This was pretty gruesome and pretty saddening at the same time. What was to happen was that the first-born in the land of Egypt was going to die. So, in Exodus 12, the Passover lamb was sacrificed and the blood of the lamb was to be placed on the doorposts and above the doors. Everyone in Israel was to do this and during this time, they were to observe the feast of the unleavened bread and also get dressed and be ready to leave Egypt. The purpose for the blood on the doorposts was so death would not hit their houses when the Lord saw the blood on the doorposts. In other words, the Lord would pass over their houses. If you want to read this, just read Exodus 11-12. I can only imagine what Egypt felt as you read from verse 29 of Chapter 12. As a result of the death of the firstborns within Egypt, the children of Israel were forced out of Egypt.
Now some of you might be wondering, “Why did I bring this up?” Well, the blood of the lamb back then was pointing to the blood of Jesus who would shed His blood so we wouldn’t die if we embraced Him and His shed blood. Now, let’s think about this, when we don’t have the blood of Jesus over our houses, then that creates death of some sort (it may not be physically, but it will definitely be spiritual and probably a few others, such as mental or financial). As I was thinking about the importance of having a covering of Jesus’ blood over a household, there are many who are uncovered, which is not a good place to be. And I’d hate to be the bearer of bad news, but not too many churches understand the gravity of this.
Then I thought about the family structure and how the husband was to cover the family. If any of you have known me for a long time, I’m always asking questions to make you think. The question that was roaming through my mind was this, “Why do churches expect an unsaved husband who’s not even thinking about God to cover his spouse and family?” The truth is that he can’t cover his spouse and family because he hasn’t made Christ Lord and Savior. And that’s where this blogpost comes into play. If you’re reading this, please don’t spend a lot of time on the question that I just asked, because that’s minor in comparison to what I’m about to say.
You see, the body of Christ has spent a lot of time talking the talk, but has not walked the walk (lived it out). We have sadly subjected people to the Bible when they have volitionally made a choice not to believe in it. We need to just live the life, plain and simple!
Now, we have to remember that everybody is free to decide how he or she wants to live their life, and we are not to love them any less because of it. The beauty of God is that He gave us free will and He loves everybody. Just like freedom has a price, our choices in life have consequences. This was on my spirit today.
The Mayne Man