02.09.16 – Blood & Termites

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A Fence, Festering Termites, and the Blood Of Christ

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool.” – Isaiah 1:18

Back in the spring of 1977, my family moved from Mississippi to Tennessee. Our new home was located in the Cordova area on the east side of Memphis. Later that summer, my father decided to have the back yard enclosed with a nice quality wood fence. The fence was new, fresh, and strong. It outlined the borders of our property, and gave my brother and myself a place to play.  (The fence is in the background of the picture of my brother and I) But surprisingly, the lifespan of that sturdy fence was only thirteen years. In the summer of 1990, we tore it down because of decay and rot. The damage was not as evident on the outside as it was on the inside.  As my brother and I busted up sections of the fence with sledgehammers, signs of internal decay became clearly evident. Particular sections had become infested with termites. Years later, after working at a paint store, I learned that wood needs to be treated regularly to be protected from the elements of nature such as weather, mildew, and bugs.  The reason why the fence did not last any longer than it did was because we did not regularly protect and preserve it by sealing it.

This snapshot from the memory album of my life reminded me of a life truth about sin.  Sin does to man what the termites did to the fence. Just like the fence, we appear fine on the outside, while on the inside, a process of destruction known as sin eats away at our hearts like a deadly cancer.  No wonder the great puritan preacher of yesteryear Thomas Watson suggested that “sin is to the soul as rust is to gold.”  Sin is like a feverish heat that sets the soul of man aflame, leaving horrific scorch marks of destruction.

The cure for this gruesome disease called sin is Jesus Christ. By trusting in Him, His royal, regal, redeeming, righteous, crimson blood covers your sin and the Holy Spirit will protect and preserve your salvation by sealing you until the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30).  Because of the severity of sin, it would be wise for you to take heed to these warnings and protect yourself from sin by making sure that your heart has been sealed by the Holy Spirit of almighty God.

Within our scripture passage above, the Bible makes it clear that your sins are against God, and are as offensive to Him as “scarlet.” But, by His crimson blood, they can be forgiven and wiped clean.  Did you catch that; a blood stain makes you clean.  Most stains do not act as cleansing agents, but the blood stain of our crucified Savior does.  As you probe into this verse further, you can’t help but notice the poetic language. A writing method referred to as “Hebrew parallelism” is apparent within this beautiful verse. Hebrew parallelism was a repetitive wording method that the Hebrew writers used to drive home a point.  Listen for it in our text…scarlet to snow…crimson to wool.  Both statements drive home the same message.  This was done to explain the powerful cleansing effect of the blood of our Lord. Man certainly has a sin problem that destroys from within, as did the termite infested fence.   But the Lord Jesus is the only one that can prevent the destructive power of sin in our lives.

Have you accepted this free gift of cleansing from the Lord?  The gift goes by the name of Jesus.  If not, do so today.  Only His blood can stop the destructive power of sin!  Just like the Israelites marked their doorpost with the blood of a spotless lamb to be protected from the wrath of God (Exodus 12:22-23), make sure the door of your heart is stained with the blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God (John 1:29).


29 thoughts on “02.09.16 – Blood & Termites

  1. It is great to know that our sins are covered by the grace of God and our sins are crimson but turned to white as snow! I’m so thankful for Jesus, the greatest gift there ever will be!!!

  2. Sin tends to take over a persons life. But with Jesus, we’re washed white as snow! Because he loved us so much, he sacrificed himself and his blood paid the price! We are so undeserving of his grace, mercy, and blood that has cleansed us!

  3. While we should remember how God cleanses us from our disease-like sin, but we should also try our best prevent sin from entering our heart. We should use Christ as an example to stay away from sin and to fight the temptation that the devil enters our minds with.

  4. We are all sinners but we were fortunate enough that God loved us so much to send his son.none of us deserve Gods free gift but we were shown grace.its nice to know that as Christians we can have Gids free gift.:)

  5. God cleanses us because he loves us but we need to try to keep it clean especially how the more we mature in Christ is just like the older you become (age wise) the less you would make a mess like you would as a toddler. Jesus cleanses with His blood but we are stewards of that gift, so we should thrive to be holy.

  6. We are stained black because of sin, but because Jesus died for us, his blood cleanses us and makes us white as snow. I’m so thankful for this!

  7. Sin can take over a person’s life, and it did take over our lives until we were saved. But the amazing part is that Jesus’ love can wash it away. And though God forgives we should still strive to not sin and be pure.

  8. This makes me think how I just help my Mamaw and Papaw put this protective seal on their new porch. We want this porch to last forever.That’s what we need to do with our hearts cover them with Jesus so they will last forever.This also makes me think of one of my favorite church songs What can wash Away My Sins?Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

  9. Sin can take you over as a whole if you do not ask God for forgiveness. Without forgiveness, sin will forever bother you and keep you away from a great relationship with Him.

  10. I never thought of a stain as being cleansing! But this is all so true the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. Because of His death on the cross, or because of his blood we are able to enter the holy gates of heaven! So i guess in a way the stain is our salvation. Meaning that Jesus dying is our eternal salvation. This all makes so much since now! thank You so much Mr. Martin for opening our eyes to see that the stain saves us 🙂 🙂

  11. I am so glad God gave us the best gift we could ever imagine, Jesus Christ. He died for our sins, do the least we can do is try to keep sin out our life.

  12. Taking care of ourselves goes farther than just our physical bodies. To preserve and protect ourselces spiritually we must trust in Christ and his blood to do so.

  13. Wow! This passage is so beautiful! I’m so thankful for Jesus and how He washes our sins white as snow. It amazes me how when we sin we are automatically washed by the presence of God. At the same time though we should not sin, but strive to be better.

  14. This is so amazing! I am so thankful that Jesus washes away our sins with his blood. even though he has washed away our sins, doesn’t mean we should try to get dirty again. We need to do our best to stay clean, but despite our best efforts, human nature kicks in and we can stay as clean as we would like to be. But that doesn’t mean that we cant do better at staying clean.

  15. I’ve never thought of how Jesus’ blood removes the stain of sin like that. His blood is so pure that it can remove the scars of sin from our hearts! I love how the verse describes that. It’s very symbolic. Sometimes people can look nice on the outside, but that’s when the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover” comes into play, also. Thanks for the message Mr. Martin! 🙂

  16. The example to this lesson was awesome. Jesus is the only one that can protect from the evil of the world and we should thankful that he loves us so much as to die on the cross for us.

  17. The truth of the cleansing blood of Jesus is jaw-dropping. It’s true, also, to be cleansed outside in, its a daily process, thriving off God and running to Him. If we aren’t spending time with Him everyday, our hearts will grow empty, instead of being filled with the spirit.

  18. It’s so awesome to know that God gave us a way out of sin. Sin can take you over before you know it. We are flesh and we sin daily, God gave us a way out by forgiving us and allowing us to learn from our mistakes.

  19. I think it is horrible that we are stained with sin and separated from God, although it is man’s fault. If man was not tempted, we would not have to be separated from God. I love that God gives us a way out.

  20. We are so full of sin and God gave us a wonderful gift, Jesus Christ. By his crimson blood we can be forgiven and wiped clean. 🙂

  21. Sin is a terrible thing and is the rot on the inside of us. This terrible rot can only be taken out by Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Without Christ we would be lost to sin and eventually decay due to rot.

  22. I think one reason why people who try to “fix themselves” fail is because they are trying to fix the outwardly things instead of the inner depth of their hearts (and obviously you need God to do this not yourself). The truest part of ourselves lives within our hearts and it MUST be cleansed or else it will begin to show outwardly! It is overwhelming to think of Christ’s cleansing blood. Any and every speck of sin in our lives are forgiven for eternity.

  23. This is so true. I love having the comfort in knowing the blood of Jesus is cleansing and can take away our sins. Without the righteousness of God, sin will eat away at us like the termites eat at the fence.

  24. We are so much like the decaying fence infested with sin we need to prevent sin from destroying our lives. TO do so we have to renew and ask for forgiveness many times because sin is always attacking us. It reminds me that we need to put on the whole armor of God.

  25. The termites and decay are just like contentment and it is easy to neglect something than it is to maintain and improve something. Contentment has been one of my worst spritual enemies but now I always seek ways to improve my spritual life.

  26. Letting sin live inside of you and not trying to fix it is an easy trap to fall into. Pushing it off for later is something I struggle with in all areas of my life, clearly evident as I am doing this late. However confessing and asking God for forgiveness is something that heals decay.

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