The Blood and the Glory #7
Were going to continue our teaching on the message I've entitled "The Blood and the Glory." In last week's teaching we saw that how Rahab's Scarlet thread or scarlet cord was also a token to her. And it was a token of the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I) Just as the blood of the Lamb upon the doorpost of the Israelites when they were still in Egypt was also a token to them.
A) With Rahab and the Israelites on that 1st Passover, basically the same things happen. All those who were kept in the house, which was distinguishably marked with a token of the blood, were kept safe.
B) There was protection for the person that applied the blood or the token, there was protection for all the loved ones, and even the belongs were kept safe.
1) In these Old Testament examples, we see how the blood or a token of the blood of Jesus was outwardly displayed.
2) We too need to continuously display the token of the Blood of Jesus and its power over the doorpost and boundaries of our lives.
(a) But how? By faith. And by the words of our mouth because we believe it in our hearts.
(b) Draw a blood-line of protection around you, your family, and your belongs. Cover yourself in the blood of Jesus. And do what the old-timers did, begin to "Plead in the blood of Jesus."
II) Pleading the Blood has nothing to do with begging.
A) And it has nothing to do with a mechanical repetition of words.
1) You can plead the blood of Jesus all day long and it won't do you any good not being mixed with faith.
(a) (Hebrews 11:6) says, "It is impossible to please God without faith."
2) Look at Hebrews 3:19-4:2. Here we have a picture of the children of Israel who could not enter into the Promised Land because of their unbelief.
(a) He goes on to say that the word that was preached to them did not profit them or benefit them in any way because it was not mixed with faith.
(b) They could not go in and obtain the land that flowed with milk and honey, which was the promise of God because they didn't have faith in what God said.
(i) The Amplified translation says, "But the message they heard did not benefit them, because it was not mixed with faith (with the leaning of the entire personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness)."
(ii) That sounds a lot like (Proverbs 3:5), which says, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding."
3) The promise that we have in the power of the blood needs to be applied by faith and the same is true when we Plead the Blood.
B) The word "PLEAD" is a legal term.
1) Before we look at the “WHY” and "HOW" of pleading the blood, we need to define what the Bible means by "PLEAD, PLEAD MY CAUSE," and so on.
2) One of the Hebrew words translated "PLEAD" is the root word “REEB.”
(a) In its verb form it means: "TO STRIVE, CONTEND, TO CONDUCT A LEGAL CASE OR SUIT."
(b) In its noun form it means: "DISPUTE, CONTROVERSY, CASE AT LAW."
C) Lets look at a few references where the Word "PLEAD" is used.
1) 1 Samuel 24:15.
2) 1 Samuel 25:39.
(a) In both those vs. 1st (1 Samuel 24:15) it says, "Plead my case, and delivered me." And then in (1 Samuel 25:39) it says, "Pleaded the case, and kept his servant from evil."
3) (Psalms 35:1) says, "Plead my case, O Lord, with them that strive with me."
(a) (Psalms 43:1) says, "Judge me, O God, and plead my case against an ungodly nation: oh deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man."
(b) In (Isaiah 3:13) it says, "The Lord stand up to plead, and standeth to judge the people."
D) But now turn with me to Isaiah 50:6-8.
1) The word "CONTEND" in verse 8 is the same Hebrew word “REEB” which is usually translated "PLEAD."
2) This verse is prophetic of Jesus and His triumphant death and justification.
(a) He says, "Who will contend or conduct a legal case or suit with Me?
(b) The answer is that no case or adversary can stand against Him.
(c) No one could stand against him and his shed blood, which would shed for you and I.
(i) Since we are in him and if his blood is applied to our lives, no one is going to be able to stand against us. But it's all because of the blood.
III) A great courtroom procedure began at the fall of man.
A) God the Father is God that Judge of all. (Hebrews 12:23).
1) Jesus Christ, the Righteous, is our Advocate. (1 John 2:1).