The Tenth Plague
In much of American Christianity, the tenth plague of Exodus is taught as a foreshadowing of the protection Christ would provide for our souls. One verse in this account has always stood out to me.
Not one of you shall go out the door of his house until morning. ~ Exodus 12:22
Why does that matter? Well, the tenth plague was when God struck down all the firstborn in Egypt (both human and animals). But he told the Israelites to put lamb’s blood on their doorways as a sign to the slayer not to enter that house.
The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. ~ Exodus 12:13
The blood was to be put on the sides and top of the door frame.
One can observe that this pattern makes a cross-like sign on the door. I’m completely on board with that. But here’s where I’m not on board.
Once Saved, Always Saved
God does not say that once you put blood on your door, you are forever saved and there is nothing else you need to do, and that it is impossible for you to lose your salvation. Instead, God says to stay in the house until morning. In other words, you are free to leave the protection of that salvation any time you want, but you will suffer the consequences. This is completely in line with the Catholic model of salvation, and completely contrary to the Evangelical model of salvation. Why is this not pointed out when the tenth plague is taught in Evangelical churches?
Babies Had No Choice
Furthermore, babies in these houses were 100% protected because adults put blood on the door. Babies had no choice in the matter, yet they received salvation from it (a foreshadowing of Baptism). Furthermore, these babies had no choice in the matter that earned the tenth plague (Pharaoh killing the newborn males of Israel years prior), yet the tenth plague put them in peril nonetheless.
This is completely in line with the Catholic model of salvation, and completely contrary to the Evangelical model of salvation. That is, today’s babies had nothing to do with Adam biting the fruit, but original sin was imparted to them nonetheless. Today’s babies have nothing to do with their parents having them baptized, but original sin is removed from them nonetheless. Why is this not pointed out when the tenth plague is taught in Evangelical churches?
Same Old Same Old
This model did not end with Exodus. We see it in the New Testament as well.
And when she [Lydia] and her household [which would include infants] were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” So she persuaded us. ~ Acts 16:15
And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family [which would include infants] were baptized. ~ Acts 16:33
And I baptized also the household [which would include infants] of Stephanas… ~ 1 Corinthians 1:16
The Bible is always proven true.