Redemption by Blood -- By: William J. McRae

Journal: Emmaus Journal
Volume: EMJ 05:1 (Summer 1996)
Article: Redemption by Blood
Author: William J. McRae


Redemption by Blood

William J. McRae1

An Exposition of Exodus 11–12

Introduction

Some time ago an evangelist, as he was traveling along, was singing to himself one of our grand old Gospel hymns, “I’ve Been Redeemed.” A fellow passenger, hearing him, joined in the song. After singing, the evangelist put the question to the stranger, “Have you been redeemed?” “Yes, praise the Lord,” was the answer. “May I ask when this took place?” “Nearly two thousand years ago.” The astonished evangelist echoed in surprise, “two thousand years ago?” “Yes sir,” said the fellow passenger, “but I’m sorry to say it’s not much more than a year that I have known it.”

Do you know today that you have been redeemed? Are you sure of it? If you do not understand what I mean, I want to make this clear. If you cannot say with understanding and conviction “I have been redeemed,” then you need to pay attention to the Scripture before us.

The classic illustration of redemption is found in the Book of Exodus. As a matter of fact, redemption is the theme of this book. In Exodus 6:6, God promises, “I will also redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.” This He proceeds to do in Chapters 7–12. Here is a dramatic picture of our redemption.

Man’s Need For Redemption is Illustrated in Chapters 2-11

They Were under the Bondage of Pharaoh (Exodus 2-10)

This had been true since the invasion of the Hyksos. For some 283 years the children of Israel had been viciously oppressed. First, there was slavery. Then, there was the death of their infant sons. More recently, Pharaoh had delivered

a cruel blow refusing to provide the materials needed for their work. They were slaves in need of deliverance.

What an illustration of our need for redemption! The Scriptures explain the experience of every man when they teach that we too are in bondage, needing redemption.

Mankind Universally Is in Bondage to Sin

But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed (Rom. 6:17).

We Are in Bondage to Satan — the Evil One

We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one (1 John 5:19).

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