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He Came to Pass

January 23

 "For I will pass through ... I am the LORD."  Exodus 12:12


"Will HE pass through you ... or pass over you ...?"



Personal visits from Heaven are rare in the Scripture and if you're not ready, it is a frightening thought to behold!  (cf. Genesis 18:20-21; 19:24) Pharaoh had called GOD'S bluff, and thus Moses is dispatched one last time to pronounce this midnight warning of imminent death.  In spite of the well meaning and good intentions of preachers designed to motivate HIS church out of guilt to spread the gospel; nary a soul will land in Hell out of ignorance, or some measure of remiss on our part.  That is precisely why there is no purgatory, or any other extension classes offering remediation in the place of final judgment over sin.  Our role, like Moses, is to pronounce that the LORD is still in the business of keeping HIS promises, and that time is quickly running out.  Pharaoh went to his destruction with eyes wide open, and contrary to his hunch, GOD kept HIS word and visited him just as HE had warned:  "And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt ..." 

Much about GOD and HIS will for man is revealed in the Bible, though HIS timetable remains ambiguous.  The verses below reference a parable JESUS spoke regarding another midnight visit involving salvation; and the plight of those who would not prepare themselves for HIS promised return.  

"And at midnight there was a cry made, behold, the BRIDEGROOM cometh; go ye out to meet HIM."  And the foolish said unto the wise, give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.  But the wise answered, saying, not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.  And while they went to buy, the BRIDEGROOM came; and they that were ready went in with HIM to the marriage: and the door was shut.  Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, LORD, LORD, open to us.  But HE answered and said, verily I say unto you, I know you not.  Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the SON OF MAN cometh." 

You can rest assured, that in a time known only to HIM, JESUS will set man and his eternity in order.  "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of CHRIST, as of a LAMB without blemish and without spot:"  The question which must be resolved between you and HIM is: Will HE pass through you in judgment or pass over you in mercy?  Perhaps you, like Pharaoh, wish to gamble that HE will do neither ... but of a certainty, HE will pass; and HIS visit will be one you never forget, regardless of its outcome.   

"...when I see the blood, I will pass over you ..." 

For Love of Country
President John Adams
(in a letter to Thomas Jefferson, Christmas Day, 1813)
"I have examined all religions, as well as my narrow sphere, my straightened means, and my busy life, would allow; and the result is that the Bible is the best book in the world.  It contains more philosophy than all the libraries I have seen."




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