Summary: Without holiness and deliverance, there is no way the children of Jacob will ever posses their possessions
What is the meaning of blood on the door post and what does it stand for in our lives? Readers of the Bible will recognize four instances of great deliverance in the Bible:
a. When Joseph in Egypt delivered the members of his family or race from famine.
b. When blood was applied on the door-posts by the Israelites to prevent the angel of death from coming in.
c. The battle between the Philistines and the Israelites in which Goliath was disgraced.
d. When Samson killed a lot of Philistines with the jaw of an ass.
One thing is common in all the four and that is blood. In this message, we would be considering (b) above. Exodus 12:7-13 says, “And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof. And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire. And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord’s passover. 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. 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.”
How was the land of Egypt smitten? Psalm 78:49 gives us an answer. It says, “He casts upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.” He sent evil angels to destroy them. But in Luke 4:18, Jesus came and made this wonderful declaration: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” Jesus came to deliver you and I . Obadiah 17 says, “But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.” This means that without holiness and deliverance, there is no way the children of Jacob will ever posses their possessions. You are reading about the blood on the door post which represents what, in Acts 10:38, is called deliverance. Acts 10:38 says, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power, who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” Meaning that the devil is the oppressor and Jesus is the one able to break the yoke.
The battle of life comes to everyone on earth. No one is free from it. Some come across their battle early in life like, Brother Jacob in the Bible. Jacob started his battle right from the womb and the fight was so terrible that by the time Esau came out first, Jacob was holding his leg. We have other examples like that. I know of a sister, by the time she was conceived, her mother had a candle inside a bottle tied up somewhere to keep her from having miscarriage, and when she was about to give birth, the candle and the bottle were cut down. Long after her mother died, she started having problems and any time she prayed or someone prayed for her, a bottle would be seen. They did not understand what it meant until it was interpreted. Many battles started like that. That is why many people say, “I have prayed and I don’t know what is happening to me.” You don’t know what is happening because the battle started even before you were born. Then you want it to be over by two minutes prayer. It does not work like that.
Some people have been going to dead churches for 40 years and when they come to a living church and spend half an hour, they start complaining that nothing is happening. They forget that they have spent forty years to strengthen the problem that had been with them from the womb.