Under the Sheltering Blood

Alec Motyer

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Moses . . . took the blood [and] sprinkled it on the people. (24:8 NIV)

Yesterday’s Scripture portion called us to be the distinctive (i.e., obedient) people of God; today’s reminds us that we are the protected people of God. The Lord promises his Angel (Jesus, prophetically anticipated) to guard and bring us safely home (23:20, 23), and his Terror (23:27) to go ahead and rout every foe in advance. And all this comes with a guarantee.

The “altar” Moses builds (24:4) stands for the Lord; the “twelve stone pillars” for the totality of his redeemed people, accepted and standing immovably in his presence. The sprinkled blood (24:6) is the substitutionary death which brings us to God, and makes us secure in his presence. The glad cry “We will do everything the Lord has said” expresses the commitment of those redeemed by precious blood to live by the word of their Redeemer. No sooner is that commitment made than the cleansing and sheltering blood is sprinkled over God’s people (24:8), holding us within the covenant, covering every lapse from obedience. For “if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, . . . the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:7 NIV).


“Dear dying Lamb, thy precious blood shall never lose its power, till all the ransomed church of God be saved to sin no more.”