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“When I see the blood, I will pass over you.”
This is the greatest promise that a man on earth can ever have from God on his throne. This is the greatest promise that a man can realize. What is the Lord God saying here? He is saying “When I deal in judgment with Egypt, I will deal in mercy with you.” That is what he is saying to us in this passage: “When I deal in judgment with the world’s sin, when I come in wrath, judgment, and condemnation upon this world; I will cover you with my grace. When I execute my wrath against sin, I am going to extend my mercy to you.” — “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.”
When this promise was given, an angry God was walking through the streets of Egypt. With sword drawn and sharpened for slaughter, God was walking through the streets of Egypt that midnight and slaying the first-born in every house.
God came in judgment, falling upon the land of Egypt and destroying the pride of every household, the joy of every home, and the firstborn of every family from Pharaoh’s Palace to the maid behind the mill, to the cattle in the barn and the cattle in the field.
Will God smite all? Will he condemn all? Will he destroy all? No. In wrath, he remembers mercy! With the voice of mercy, he speaks. — “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.” God in judgment walking through the streets of Egypt, God in wrath, God dealing with sin and rebellion, speaks to a few among many, a nation within a nation, and says, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.”
Saved and Safe
God’s people are safe. God’s people are chosen, redeemed, called, and saved. And they are safe. They are secure. There is no judgment that can come upon them. Why are God’s people safe? Because God said, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you” (Romans 8:1, 33-34).
Why are God’s elect safe? Let me give you four reasons.
1st — God’s people are safe because we are in his heart. He said, “I have loved thee with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn thee.” God’s people are safe because they are in his heart. It is in his heart to save them. It is in his heart to keep them. It is in his heart to sustain them. It is in his heart to protect them.
2nd — Not only are we in his heart, we are in his hand. Our Lord Jesus Christ said; “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give them eternal life: and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” God’s saints are in his hand. No one can get to them. They are secure and they are safe. When the angry God stalked through the land of Egypt at midnight, and that horrible, bitter, wailing was heard in Egypt, a cry such had never been heard before and such as has never been heard since, God’s people were safe because they were in his heart and in his hand. — Not only that…
3rd — They were in his covenant. He said; “This shall be the covenant that I will make…I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people…for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
4th — God’s people are safe because they are in his Son. — “There is no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus.” God’s elect are safe. When the Lord God comes in judgment, in providential judgment upon any nation, any house, or any age, and when he comes in the final judgment of that great day, when the elements being on fire shall melt with a fervent heat, God’s elect are safe, because we are in Christ, and God has promised, When I see the blood, I will pass over you!”