The Meaning of “When I See The Blood I Will Pass Over You”

We often see stickers and handbills on the doors and windows of some very religious people with these words, “Witches and wizards pass over because this house is covered with the blood of Jesus.” Some others read something like this, “This shop is covered with the blood of Jesus, enemies of progress pass over,” and in the bottom right corner of the sticker, we find this passage of the bible written, Exodus 12:13. Thus, that historic record of the deliverance of the Children of Israel, foreshadowing our salvation, is hijacked and perverted by those who claim they are filled with the Holy Ghost in the same way the Apostles were.

A little thoughtful considering of the text will show that they have no warrant to use it they way they have just done. The blood of the Lamb of God was not shed to thrown about as a magic word or mantra to expel witches and wizards; much less was it shed so that we could have our business and material possessions protected from the assault of our personal enemies.

There is nothing in the text to be interpreted as saying the blood of Jesus covers our doors and houses from witches and wizard; no, the blood of the incarnate Son of God was shed for a far weightier reasons than the protection of our earthly possession and shops. It was not to protect our shops and houses that he shed his blood; but to redeem us from the wrath of God which we deserved by our sins: to deliver us legally from the sentence and condemnation which had come upon us for our sins. The wages of sin is death, and death we deserved; the only remedy from death was that a substitute should die in our place. The only one qualified to be a substitute must be a Godman: one who could both lay his hands on God and on man and reconcile the two parties.

Not angels, for it is not in the nature of angels to redeem any. The work of redemption far exceeded what they could accomplish. They are creatures, and as such they can not act beyond the capability of a creature. Salvation must be the work of the creator, for salvation is of the Lord (Jonah 2:9).

Not fallen man, for in his fallen state, the thought of his own salvation does not enter his mind; he cannot conceive of it in his depraved mind. He cannot pay for his own sins, much less the sins of his brother to redeem his soul from the pit (Psa 49:7).

Salvation originated in the mind and purpose of God before any creature of his was called into existence (Eph 1:4-5; 2 Tim 1:9; 2 Thess 2:13), and he works all the aspects of our salvation to cut off every ground of boasting from us (1 Cor 1:27-31), that all the glory of our salvation may redound to him, who alone is the author and finisher of it (Heb 12:2).

If the blood of the Lamb of God was shed for the security of our shops and businesses, then the Son of God died for something far too cheap; then our temporal, physical estate was more of his concern than the eternal, spiritual estate of our souls. If the words of the above sticker be true, then Christ shed his blood to save our businesses and finances from the enemies of our progress, and what more can we call blasphemy?

Now, let’s examine both the text, and the historical invent surrounding it,

1. The children of Israel had been slaves in Egypt and mistreated by the new king of Egypt. They were his slaves and he could do with them anything he wanted them.

2. They deserved nothing from the hand of God. Whatever good God designed to do to them was not owing to any good in them, but due to his covenant with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob.

3. There is every reason to believe that the children of Israel, at that time, had fallen into the worship of Idolatry, after the death of Joseph and his brothers. It is often the case that when the leader dies, the new generation that would rise who not continue in the way of God: “And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel” (Judges 2:10). Even Moses at this time did not yet know the Lord, for when the Lord appeared to him in the burning bush, he asked the Lord, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? (Exo 3:13), a clear indication that neither Moses at that time, nor the children of God had any hint as to the knowledge of the true God. God had to introduce himself afresh to them as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, because they never knew the God that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob served. Let us bear in mind that at this time, all the generation that came from Canaan to Egypt had died, and a new generation of their posterity had risen in their place who knew not God. So the lovingkindness of God to deliver them from their wretchedness and bondage in Egypt was not a reward for anything good they had done. It was simply for the promise God made to their ancestors, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Deut 9:4-6).

4. The passover had nothing with witches and wizards passing over the houses of the children of Israel that night: it was not even the devil who was passing over the children of children, but wrath and judgement of God: For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you” (Exo 12:23).

5. The passover was not universal in any sense, both in the shadow and in the substance thereof. When men, especially the Pentecostals, speak of the passover blood, they tend to make it universal, by which they try to induce men to belief that the blood of Jesus Christ was shed universally for all; this is a lie. The ordinance of the passover, as was given to Moses in the Land of Egypt was only for the benefit of the Children of Israel of Israel; both the shed blood of the lamb in Egypt and the benefit arising therefrom, was only for the children of Israel, and not one single Egyptian derived a benefit therefrom. We shall turn quickly to the Scriptures and let them speak for themselves, for we are told thus: “To the Law and Testimony, if they speak not according to this word, it is because they have no light in them” (Isa 8:12). If the teaching of any church or any man does not accord to the plain truths of the Scriptures, we are to judge such men as men who are void of the light of God. And so we shall turn to the Scriptures, to see if the Passover Lamb, and the benefits arising from it, was in any way intended for the whole of the residents in the land of Egypt.

Exodus 12:3 – “Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house.” According to this passage, the command to take a lamb was not given to everyone in Egypt but only to all the congregation of Israel.

Exodus 12:12 – “For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.” According to this passage, the Lord would pass through the Land of Egypt that night, and would smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast, and the reason the wrath and judgement of God would fall on them is not hidden –– because not one soul of the Egyptians had any legal interest in the blood of the lamb; it was not shed for them, neither did the ordinance of the of the Passover in any way comprehend them. When the Pentecostals shout and command the devil’s and witches to see the blood of Jesus and passover, they err in the first place by not understanding that it had nothing to do with the passing over of witches and wizards, as we have explained above; and when they preach and proclaim their passover crusades and meeting, where they anoint people with the oil so the forces of darkness for that month will passover, do they also teach men that the Passover was restricted in design and application only to the congregation of Israel, and not to the Egyptians?

Exodus 12:13 –– “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.” Here, we see the reason every firstborn in the congregation of Egypt was spared from the plague. It was not owing to anything good in them, nor was it owing to any condition they fulfilled; nay, it was the blood of the lamb which stayed the plague from visiting them. The only thing that made the difference was the presence of the blood upon their door posts and lintels. Such is the Passover described to us in the Bible; it is not anything like the sense the Pentecostals and Charismatics put upon it when they print their stickers and handbills; the Passover of the Bible is distinguishing in nature – it had no respect of persons at all. It did not the prophetic declarations and chantings of “a great anointed man of God to be effectual.”

Exodus 11:7 – “But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.” If there is any difference between one man and another, the difference can only be traced back to the will and sovereign purpose of God; it is the LORD the doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.

The literal Passover in the Land of Egypt was but a shadow of the true Passover of which all the chosen and elect of God were legal beneficiaries; but the substance is Christ and his atoning death on the Cross of Calvary. The Inspired Apostle to the Gentiles would later write in 1 Cor 5:7, “For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.” Every iota of the literal passover in Egypt found its parallel fulfilment in the Person and Work of Christ.

Was the Passover Lamb in Egypt to be a male, and without blemish? Even so Christ? Even so, Christ was that lamb without blemish and without spot! Let the reader compare Exodus 12:5 without 1 Peter 1:19.

Was the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel to kill the Passover lamb? Even so, let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that that same Jesus, whom they crucified, hath God made both Lord and Christ. Let the reader compare Exodus 12:6 with Acts 2:36.

Did the instruction concerning the Passover lamb in Egypt secure the bones of the Lamb from being broken? Even so was the charge concerning our Lord’s bones, that none of his bones should be broken, which was observed in every detail of it. Exodus 12:46 with John 19:32-36.

Did the instruction concerning the Passover lamb in Egypt include that nothing of it should be left till the morning? So true did this find its fulfilment in the Lord Jesus Christ that his body was not allowed to remain on the cross till the next day, though the Jews, in their wickedness would have naturally done that to him. Compare Exodus 12:10 with John 19:31.

Was the Passover Lamb, in its design and nature, limited to some particular people as the beneficiaries of its blessings? Even so Christ give himself, nor for the world but rather for his church, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish (Eph 5:25-27). It was not for the goats and sheep alike he gave his life, but for his sheep alone (John 10:11), and some of among his audience were excluded as goats (John 10:26).

These wonderful facts attending the Passover of the bible distinguishes it from the Passover of the Modern Pentecostals and Charismatics. Theirs is as diametrically opposed to that of the Bible as hell is to heaven.

We can never understand, nor value the historic record of the Passover as written in the Bible but only as we find it fully fulfilled in the Person and Work of Christ for our eternal salvation. The instance we degrade it to a mere magic mantra supposed to drive away witches and wizards from our business premises, we make it a common thing, and rather than appreciating the True Passover Lamb – our Lord Jesus, and falling in love with him, we shall find that we have only sought to use his religion and the truth surrounding his glorious death and resurrection as a means to our selfish and earthly prosperity.

Writing it upon our offices and door posts, and proclaiming it as a mantra, that “our business premises is covered with the blood of Jesus”, or that “witches and wizards should see the blood of Jesus on our doorpost and pass over” may sound good in the ear; yea, it may gratify the itching ears of every nominal Christian, but when we weigh such expressions on the balances of Holy Writ, we shall find them wanting and full of blasphemy; and shall soon discover how we have neglected that which was the chief design of Christ dying on the Cross, namely, for the eternal salvation of our souls.

Therefore, Let the reader have in him a jealousy for the God of the Bible from today henceforth, and a sincere love for the atoning blood of Christ, so that whenever he hears or reads such blasphemous words on stickers and flyers from the Pentecostals and Charismatic, his spirit will be stirred within him to flee from such expressions, and not be a partaker in their evil deeds.