Life in the Blood and the Other Side

Have you ever wondered why God chose to turn the waters of Egypt into blood as one of the plagues against Egypt? How could something that is meant to bring life causes death? The word of God declares that life is in the blood, Leviticus 17:11. As we learned in last week’s Torah study (Exodus 7:14 – 21), the word for pestilence, plague, thing, and word is derived from the same Hebrew word Debar.

Exodus 7:14 – 21NKJV So the Lord said to Moses: “Pharaoh’s heart is hard; he refuses to let the people go. 15 Go to Pharaoh in the morning, when he goes out to the water, and you shall stand by the river’s bank to meet him; and the rod which was turned to a serpent you shall take in your hand. 16 And you shall say to him, ‘The Lord God of the Hebrews has sent me to you, saying, “Let My people go, that they may serve Me in the wilderness”; but indeed, until now you would not hear! 17 Thus says the Lord: “By this you shall know that I am the Lord. Behold, I will strike the waters which are in the river with the rod that is in my hand, and they shall be turned to blood. 18 And the fish that are in the river shall die, the river shall stink, and the Egyptians will loathe to drink the water of the river.” ’ ” 19 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Take your rod and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt, over their streams, over their rivers, over their ponds, and over all their pools of water, that they may become blood. And there shall be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in buckets of wood and pitchers of stone.’ ” 20 And Moses and Aaron did so, just as the Lord commanded. So he lifted up the rod and struck the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants. And all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood. 21 The fish that were in the river died, the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink the water of the river. So there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt. 

As I was listening to a teaching from the Creation Gospel series the same word was mentioned in the context of the word having two sides or there are two sides to a thing. The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil was present in the Garden of Eden, man created in the image of God had intimate knowledge of God, however, when they decided to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil they were not only aware of evil but now have an intimate knowledge of evil. 

It had me thinking about the plague of the blood. Life is in the blood and God used the blood as a plague against Egypt it demonstrates the two sides of the word. It is a misuse of life, the same thing that Egypt did with Israel, they misused them. The blood can bring life if it is used for good. The plague of blood represents then, a misuse of life which is evil. The blood instead of bringing life brings death. It is a representation of having knowledge of good and evil. It shows the two sides of the power of the blood, similar to the word of God being a two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12).

The question is which side we want to be intimate with, the side of good (which produces life) or evil which produced death.

Revelation 11:6 NKJV These (two witnesses) have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire. 

Misuse of the word brings death that is why we must rightly divide the word of truth.

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