The Covering - No. 39

Exodus 12:13, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.”

It is imperative that we live under the covering of the blood of Jesus. The word for ‘atonement’ in the Hebrew is ‘kaphar’ and it means ‘to cover.’ It is only blood that can cover sins. Under the old covenant, they shed the blood of animals. Now, it is the blood of Jesus Christ, the spotless Son of God that covers our sins.

In the old covenant, not only was the blood sprinkled on the people, but also the tabernacle, and their homes. The writer of Hebrews reminds of this in Hebrews 9:18-22, “Moses… took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, saying, This is the blood of the testament which God has enjoined unto you. Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.” Do you notice? He sprinkled the people, and the tabernacle, which was God’s house, the place where God dwelt between the cherubims in the Holy of holies!

God gives us another picture in Exodus 26:14 where he told Moses to “make a covering for the tent of rams’ skins dyed red…” They were commanded to die sheepskins red, which is a picture of the blood, and cover the tabernacle with them. Over this they had to place another covering of badgers’ skins, which protected the red sheepskins from being bleached by the sun.

If God wanted His dwelling sprinkled with blood, shouldn’t we need it over our dwellings? If God wanted a covering of red sheepskins, which was a type of the blood, over His tabernacle, shouldn’t it also be important for us?

We no longer sprinkle literal blood, but by faith, we can sprinkle the blood of Jesus Christ (which continually avails for us today) over our homes. The blood of Jesus delivers us and protects us.  We all know the story of Passover where they had to kill a lamb and apply the blood to the two doorposts and the lintel above the door. God said, “The blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where you are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you… and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.” (Exodus 12:13, 22-23)

The blood was a sign to the Destroyer that the home was protected by the power of God. The Avenger could not get through the power of the blood. The enemy hates the blood. He cannot break through the power of the blood of Jesus.  It is our weapon against Satan in our personal lives. It is our protection over our homes. 

Do you remember the story of Rahab? What protected her home from being destroyed when every other house was desecrated? It was the token of the blood! The spies told Rahab to bind a line of scarlet thread in the window and she and all that were in her home would be spared.  God miraculously caused the walls of Jericho to crumble, including all the homes that were built into the wall. But not Rahab’s. Rahab’s home was left standing and she and all her family were rescued. Read the story in Joshua chapters 2 and 6.

Live under the protection of the blood. By faith, daily sprinkle the blood of Jesus over your own life, the lives of each member of your family and your home.



“Lord, I come to you again today, in the precious name of Jesus. I thank you for the precious blood of Jesus Christ that was poured forth on the cross for me. I thank you that the blood of Jesus is now sprinkled on the mercy seat in the heavenly tabernacle and is miraculously available for me today. By faith, I sprinkle the blood of Jesus Christ over our home, my husband, and each one of our children. I pray that you will keep us from accident, harm, sickness, danger and all evil. Thank you for the covering of your precious blood. Amen.”



There is a fountain filled with blood


Drawn from Emmanuel’s veins;


And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,


Lose all their guilty stains.


William Cowper


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