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The Shed Blood

The Shed Blood: the Firstborn, the Bondservant and Me

Before Egypt’s flight, blood placed on door post and lintel
Flowed from sacrifice of a perfect lamb. 
From the Death Angel the blood purchased Firstborn’s life —
Who with his family passed through that blood-marked portal
To begin freedom’s march to the promised land. 

Did Firstborn pause to consider
At what cost the blood was shed?

Two servants stand at the Master’s door
Each for six years has passed through in bondage.
Soon one will step over that threshold “free.”
The other chooses to remain at the Master’s side—
The portal marked with the blood of his decision.

The bondservant he would be called
His shed blood forever closing “freedom’s” door.

So, now do I too who walk with blood-bought freedom
Grasp that I walk so without cost?
That the blood through which I passed to life
Was the shed sacrifice of that Sinless Man?
Is there a choice which can be made?

Yes, there is a response which I can make—
The shed blood from my pierced ear.

The world’s “freedom” is not my choice.
True freedom leads me to the Master’s side,
There to remain—back turned to Babylon’s cry.
The bondservant’s life knows no greater freedom—
My ear’s blood on His door will forever testify. 

Kennedy Brown, August 22, 2017

Motivation for poem—
The theme of shed blood is common to three experiences of our faith: the Exodus from Egypt; the law of the bondservant and the sacrifice of Messiah Yeshua.

Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17, the Torah Parsha (portion) called Re’eh, speaks of the servant who prefers to remain with the master after his six years of service entitle him to a release from slavery to freedom—to become a bondservant. Perhaps he did not consider his six years of service as bondage. The procedure for establishing a bondservant as set forth in Deuteronomy is a restatement of the procedure first set forth in Ex 21:5-6. The procedure results in the servant placing an ear sgainst the Master’s door or doorpost where the ear is pierced. The blood from the piercing remaining as a reminder of the servant’s commitment.

This fact recalled to me the preparation for the final plague in the exodus account. There the blood from the sacrificed lamb was placed on the door post and lintel (Ex 12:5-7), its purpose to exempt the Firstborn from the Death Angel.

The next logical connection was the shed blood of the Lamb of God, Messiah Yeshua. His shed blood did not exempt Him from death, but evidenced Him as bondservant.

Drawing a poetic parallel was easy, Yeshua’s apostles often refer to themselves as bondservants. Should I do any less?

Shed Blood and the Master’s Side

Before Egypt’s flight, blood placed on door post and lintel
Flowed from sacrifice of a perfect lamb. 
From the Death Angel the blood purchased Firstborn’s life —
Who with his family passed through that blood-marked portal
To begin freedom’s march to the promised land. 

Did Firstborn pause to consider
At what cost the blood was shed?

Two servants stand at the Master’s door
Each for six years has passed through in bondage.
Soon one will step over that threshold “free.”
The other chooses to remain at the Master’s side—
The portal marked with the blood of his decision.

The bondservant he would be called
His shed blood forever closing “freedom’s” door.

The Firstborn and Freedman each seek Freedom.
In that struggle of life their strength will fail.
Firstborn will remember the shed blood that set him free.
Freedman will recall the shed blood on the Master’s door.
The same Author of each choice reaches out with open arms.

Firstborn and Freedman now hear true Freedom’s call—
Shedding blood from a pierced ear to gain Master’s embrace.

Man will never know true freedom away from the Master’s side.

Kennedy Brown, August 27, 2017

Motivation for poem—
Did you ever read the books popular in the 1980s where you could choose different paths offered by the author? You would wind up at different conclusions. They were the Choice Adventure series.

This poem is not the reader’s choice, but the author’s choice. I took the first four stanzas of the poem Shed Blood: the Firstborn; the Bondservant and Me and provided a different progression of the premise.

Both poems conclude there is no relationship that will satisfy apart from a bondservant relationship with the Master. This poem points out the illusion most of us had that we were the captains of our destiny. As I found in my personal experience, doing it in my strength was destined to fail. I also experienced the open arms of the Prodigal’s father receiving him (me) back.

Sins of the Fathers

Sins of the Fathers

In the Torah portion Chukat (Num 19:1-22:1) we find the Israelites for the second time approaching the river Jordan and entry into the promised land. But again as over 40 years ago they cry out, “If only we had died when our brethren died before the Lord! Why have you brought up the assembly of the Lord into this wilderness, that we and our animals should die here? And why have you made us come up out of Egypt, to bring us to this evil place? It is not a place of grain or figs or vines or pomegranates; nor is there any water to drink.”(Nu 21:3-5) How many times has Moses heard this grumbling lament from God’s chosen?

The first time is recorded as being sometime in the second month after their miraculous deliverance from Egypt; after the manna starts falling and quail has been provided. They’re thirsty and cry out, “Why is it you have brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” (Ex 16:2)

You might ask, “How could this new generation have possibly forgotten all the lessons learned for disobedience, rebellion, idol worship and lack of faith that has been experienced these past forty years?” The answer would seem to me to be one of sowing and reaping. It was Yahweh’s judgment in Numbers 14:29 that: “The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above.” Couple this with Yahweh’s pronouncement in Exodus 34:7 after the golden calf incident: , “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.” (italics added) –the sins of the fathers would come home to roost—there would be a reaping.

At the time of this last iteration of water lack complaint, the entire assembly which had engaged in the pilgrimage of faithless wanderings was gone. Every one who had been twenty years of age or older was gone. Only Caleb and Joshua remained. Even Miriam and Aaron were gone. Moses’ denial of entry into the promised land was sealed. As an aside I questioned how Eleazar was still on the scene (Nu 26:1). Was he not clothed in priestly tunic along with his father, Aaron, and his brothers Nedab and Abihu? (Ex 29:9) Yes, he was, but he must have been less than 20 at the time of the Sinai census.

Back to my theme. We can so easily see the failings of the fathers from the perspective of Moses’ recording of the historical events which occurred as many as 3500 years ago. We can take admonition as to the need to avoid idol worship, disbelief and rebellion, but there is one other truth we must also come away with: the urgency as fathers and mothers to warn, admonish, cajole, entreat, implore, oh, yes, and pray for our children that they not walk in our sin—in the sins of their fathers.

In Yahweh’s pronouncement in Exodus 34:7, the operative word is visiting. This changes the charge from sin being a certainty to one that says our children and our children’s children will be visited. They will be tempted to sin as we have sinned—including their generational history of sin..

I submit that one of two things happened in the forty years of desert wanderings by the Israelites. Either the fathers were so self-absorbed and fatalistically oriented that they did not practice the instruction of the Shema and teach their children. Or, the children did not heed the teaching and admonition and failed as the opportunity (temptation) to repeat the sins of their parents were presented to them (visited upon them). The Shema is the ancient prayer/command from Deuteronomy 6:6-9 prayed today in Judaism and by Messianic believers alike. It says we are to teach our children.

An additional observation can also be made of the responsibility of our teen agers. Eleazar, the High Priest, at the time of the crossing over of the Jordan, was by then a man at least in his 50’s. He, along with all his contemporaries who were in their teens at Sinai and who also observed the response to the spies’ report, could have been a powerful influence on this second and third generation preparing to enter the promised land. They were now the leaders. Their voices should have forcefully warned the community of the danger of challenging Yahweh and Moses’ leadership. The record seems silent—the visiting was again successful. Today’s teens must not be oblivious to what is happening outside their world. They must observe and prepare for that day when their voice should be sounded to avoid the mistakes of our spiritual history—our sin.

Yahweh has made every provision for us to take heed and take a positive action. Has not the blood of Yeshua given us a perfect shield against the forces of the visit? Yes, but as with every generation, the human spirit must be alert and active, the will exercised to withstand successfully the attack of the visit—the sins of the fathers. The blood of Yeshua will stop the “visitors” from becoming “residents.”