Monday, January 31, 2011

Punt "Footprints in The Sand": Sola Scriptura

UNEDITED question received below-
Question: "In the book of Exodus the Israelites were instructed to take the blood of a lamb on put it on the doorposts. In doing so it made a Hebrew letter. My question is what does that letter mean?"

Answer:
There is no mention of any letters on the door posts or lentil in Hebrew homes in the account of the Passover instructions given to the Jews by Moses in Exodus 12.
Exodus 12:22 "You shall take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and apply some of the blood that is in the basin to the lintel and the two doorposts; and none of you shall go outside the door of his house until morning.
23"For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to come in to your houses to smite you."

After reviewing the Passover account in Exodus and in reliable commentaries no mention is found of the blood forming a Hebrew letter on a doorpost. It is not recorded in scripture. In a quick scan of the internet I found one obscure devotional comment about how the blood placed on the door posts applied by the Hebrews soaked into and highlighted the first letter of the law written on the doorpost. One major problem. Again, the Passover instructions were given in Exodus 12 by Moses to the Hebrews. The Law [10 Commandments] was given in Exodus 20. Moses, the human author of Exodus by the authority of the Holy Spirit, undoubtedly wrote the Passover account much later. This would have to be a nice sentimental story. But why?

Somebody once wrote a touching "Legend of the Dogwoods." The cross of Christ was supposed to have been made from this tree. A touching touching sentiment sure. But, what about the gospels account of our the crucifiction?. The four gospel accounts need no editing on our parts. Why recommend "Footprints in the Sand" when you could recommend a Bible passage? Christians need to trust Scripture. I would strongly recommend that this most powerful story of Jewish redemption and foreshadowing of Jesus Christ needs no embellishment on our part.

Revelation 22:18 "I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book;" Is that a strong enough answer. When you have GOD's HOLY WORD, why do you turn to "Footprints in The Sand" instead for comfort?

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