Another Metaphor…of Sorts

In the 12th chapter of Exodus, the Lord instructs Moses and His people (per household or family) to slaughter a year-old male lamb without defect and then to take some of its blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they (will also) eat the lambs. Exodus 12:12 records:

On that same night I will pas 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.

This was, of course, a foreshadowing of what was to come. As Jesus’ blood poured from His crucified body and then metaphorically over us upon our acceptance of Him as our Lord and Savior, we became “washed in the blood.”

But we have to get in the “tub.” We have to pick up the “soap.” One day we will stand before His Father as we stood before our mothers and He will ask, “Did you bathe?”

There is more, of course. The before mentioned old hymn references that once “washed” we are called to daily walk within that washing. Sadly, just as our bodies do, our souls get dirty all over again. David, after his affair with Bathsheba, cried out to God:

Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.[3]

This was the only man recorded as being after the heart of God and yet he still had to “bathe” all over again.

Basic Purity: Clean Your Soul…

The first step, then, is to just get in the tub! Or, in this case, come to Calvary. Come to the understanding that we are dirty, but He can cleanse us and that, without His “soul cleaning blood,” we cannot be sanctified.

It’s so simple, isn’t it?

It’s so…basic.

Eva Marie Everson is an award-winning author and speaker. Her upcoming book, Oasis; A Spa for Body & Soul will be released in March. For more information, go to www.EvaMarieEverson.com and click on “Books.”



[1] http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/a/r/aruwashd.htm

[2] http://reference.aol.com/dictionary?dword=sanctified

[3] http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalm%2051&version=31