Blood, Tongue, and the Words of God 

English Service on February 21, 2016
messenger: Yurika Tamura
Scripture: Exodus12:21-24
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Facing the word of God


Today I would like to share an important lesson I recently learned.


In the past several years, I have gone through several relocations in the US, and with that, I also went through some difficult situations, ranging from hospitalization, and a car accident, and a theft of my whole belongings in the US.


But because of the relocations, I also had opportunities to hear many different pastors’ messages. I noticed, during this period, all the messages somehow spoke to me one overarching idea. Strangely, they were connected and pointing to one theme. I would like to share this one lesson I gleaned from all the teachings I encountered in my journey.  The lesson is this: How to face the word of God, how to put the word of God into work in our lives.


A pastor once told me that there is one thing we Christians must carry with us anywhere we go, what we must immerse ourselves with.

It is blood.  

The blood of the Lamb. You may be wondering why the story of blood when we are talking about the word of God.


The blood here is a symbol of our salvation. We are forgiven by the sacrifice of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, and with His blood, we claim our salvation. Blood is the way we self-identify ourselves as the forgiven and adopted sons and daughters of one true God. We must always cover ourselves with the blood of Christ. 


This particular message of the blood goes back to the Old Testament, the story of Passover.  As you know, when the Israelites were held in Egypt, God sent the angels of death to destroy the first born sons of Egypt.  



The angels of death were coming. What did God tell people to get? It was blood.  (Exodus 12:21-24)

By showing the blood on their door front, with a bunch of hyssop, the disaster, the angels of death PASSED over them, and they were saved.



The message said that there are three things that the people had to do here, concerning the blood, in this situation.



Number 1. Bring the blood. Get the Blood.

They had to sacrifice an animal, a lamb per household and get a bucket of blood. 

Think of this for a moment.

If the angels of death are coming to destroy things in your neighborhood, I would want something more stronger, some thing that makes me feel more secure, like a weapon, or like a magic tent that would hide me and protect me. But no, it was a bucket of liquid animal substance. 


So here is the second thing they had to do with the blood:

#2. Believe in the blood. Having the bucket of blood did not save them. They had to believe that this is, with no mistake, God’s provision and a powerful substance that would protect and save them.


But even the belief was not enough. Having the blood and believing what it can do, would not actually prevent the attack of the death. What did they have to do?

#3. Apply the blood. Use the blood, put it into action.


The ancient Israelites will eventually develop a form of cleansing rituals, using the animal sacrifice and purification by sprinkling the sacrifice’ blood. Just like the cleansing ritual, in the scene of the Passover, God ordered the people to apply the blood of lamb over their door front for survival.


In a way, the people had to physically put the blood, the tool for salvation given by God into its full use, however ridiculous and irrelevant it seemed to their reality.


Christians today do not have to sacrifice animals. As the book of Hebrews says, (in the chapter 9, 12, 22) Jesus was the only and last sacrifice, and He did it once and for all. 

So we must, again, bring the blood, believe in it, and apply the blood in our lives.


But how do we bring His blood? Jesus was crucified 2000 years ago. We cannot go back in time to bring his blood in a bucket. How do we apply the blood over our lives?

Besides, even if I understand the significance of the cross, it seems the ancient crucifixion seems to have little connection to my very real and practical problems in my life.


So how do we apply the blood? The pastor’s explanation goes like this: 

With our tongues.

We claim we cover ourselves with the blood of the Lamb when we apply the word of God in any situation. In today’s Christian lives we proclaim that the blood of the Lamb was shed for our sins. In every situation where we feel the angels of death are about to face us, we can proclaim the blood of Jesus, our salvation, the promise of the victory.


Romans 10:10 also says “For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”


As the Israelites displayed that they are the redeemed people of God, we practice this embodiment of salvation, displaying our victory, and confessing what God has done and is doing with our lives. Application of the blood, which is a symbol of our salvation, here in today’s context, is, applying God’s word in our problems and hardships.


Think of it this way.

Jesus Himself used the Bible to battle against evil. I don’t know if you believe the existence of Satan, but Jesus seemed to believe it and He had dialogues with the enemy. In His trials, which was written in the book of Matthew, He had quoted the Bible to fight. “Get away, Satan, for it is written,” He said.


If our Lord has used the Bible scriptures to battle against his hardships, how much more should we need to depend on the word of God?


So this pastor who was telling me this story of the blood said he actually practiced this “using the word of God” in his life in the same way Jesus did.


In a notebook on the top he wrote, get away from me, satan, for it is written…

And on the right side, he listed his troubles, things he need, anxieties and fear.

Then, he looked for biblical passages that seem to be the answers to those concerns, then On the left side, listed them as the answers to those problems.



This guy really believed the word of God has power to change His life. John 1:1 claims “the word was with God and the word was God” 

In Genesis First chapter shows that this world was created through God’s spoken word. God’s word can create the world and even lives. It has power.

So why not use this word that is given to us?


And this is how this pastor learned the Bible, when he just became a Christian in Nottingham in England as a young college student.

This pastor by the way is a theological checker of a worldwide mega church, who knows the scripture inside and out. Meaning, whatever the church and the pastors say and do, they go through this pastor’s check to see if it is biblically sound.


I think it is significant that even a theology expert like him learned the Bible through his own personal problems and struggles.


How about us?

I have studied the Bible, even memorized some scriptures because it felt it was encouraging. But what I have learned from this story of Passover is that God’s word exists separately from what I see, what my circumstance is, and how I feel. It is great if I FEEL strongly with God’s word, but what these scriptures and messages tell me is that it doesn’t matter how I feel or what my circumstance is. My life should not depend on precarious and changeable finance, relationships, unstable feelings and situations– but instead, my life should depend on the never-changing and all powerful Word of God. What matters is God’s Word, and how it can work, and we can put this God-given tool of faith into practice.


So how do we apply this word of God on our lives, just as the Israelites painted their doorsteps with thick layers of blood?

One way can be just like the pastor’s note, writing out to combat your present problems. Another way is to paint our relationships and situations with God’s word.

And, what if we can speak with words of God to each other in our family? At work? When you are driving? To our children? You can do this when you are commuting, you can quote scriptures to praise God and pray to Him.


Do we actually believe that this word has the power to create a life and the world, and help is in our circumstances? If we do, what a waste would it be, if we ignore this powerful God’s blessing?


How would our life be different, if in troubles and fear we proclaim God’s promise, to identify ourselves as the redeemed children of God who are surely favored by Him and waiting to receive God’s blessings. And combat the situations with the powerful word of God.


instead of iterating what terrible place you are in and how hard the situation is, we can Confess, or Profess What God is capable of doing in our situations.


Hebrews 10:23 says

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.



If the almighty God gave up His own Son to save you, if God Himself came down to lay His life for you, why wouldn’t He be willing to save you from any terrible situation, help you and guide you in your relationships, finance, and sickness?

So we apply this promise of salvation in our lives, just like the Israelites painted their doorfronts with the blood of lambs, we can paint where the fear once was, with the hope we have in God.


Just as the 3 things the Israelites did with the blood: we can remember to:


1. Bring the blood, we all have the Bible, open it. 

2. Believe in the power of the blood, salvation and God’s love and power

3. Apply the blood, let God’s word cover over our troubles.


Like that, We can practice this “application of blood.”


Looking back, I noticed My prayers were often filled with complaints and requests that marked my fear and not my faith. 


Just like me, You may also feel at times that the angels of death are staring right in your face. And You may not feel very protected with a bucket of blood, or this tiny book. But focusing on what God has promised and confessing what He can do instead of what you see and feel, well, that has proven to be a victorious choice of action for the Israelites. 

If I am so fear-stricken, and cannot mobilize my best faith and Christian actions, even then, if I could just reach out to the scriptures and let the God’s word cover my life, then, I think, that may be a tiny step of my faith, indeed.


So let us profess what God will do, with the blood of the precious Lamb.

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ほふりなさい。 ヒソプの一束を取って、鉢の中の血に浸し、その鉢の中の血をかもいと二本の門柱につけなさい。朝まで、だれも家の戸口から外に出てはならない。





Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. None of you shall go out of the door of your house until morning. When the Lord goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.

Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants.”Exodus 12:21-24




















1.携え、2. 信じ、3.塗りたくりなさい、
















退け、サタン!聖書にはこう書いてあるAway from me, Satan! For it is written…

⦁ 身の回りの問題

(Problems, challenges)

⦁ 必要なのに足りないもの

(Needs and lacks)  

⦁ 恐れ (Fear)

⦁ 不安 (Anxiety)






















1.血を用意する (御言葉を持ってくる、聖書を開く)

2.その血の贖いの力を信じる (御言葉の力を信じる) 

3.その血を実際に塗る (御言葉を実際に使う、塗布する、応用する)



普段自分が発した言葉を振り返る時、やはり私は 、悪い状況を嘆いたり、愚痴、恐れを自分に繰り返してみせたり、失望や疑いを口にしたりしていることの方が多いと思いました。これらのネガティブな言葉を聖書の御言葉に置き換えることができたらどうでしょうか?