Unlocking An Astounding Biblical Mystery
Scriptural mindsets fade with time and meaning is lost. For example, believers no longer recognize the magnitude of a “doorway.” For the ancients, the entryway of a home had great importance. It was more than a gateway; it was an altar and the centerpiece of family worship.
Hints of its original meaning remain in our custom of carrying a bride over a threshold. Grooms in past generations did this because they thought it was the proper way to bring someone into a family. It was believed to be a covenantal act.
To prepare for the arrival of the bride, ancient grooms would offer a sacrifice to God and then pour the blood of the animal on the doorposts. Long before there was a Tabernacle or a Temple, there was the family threshold.
During the Exodus, the children of Israel placed the blood of the lamb on the doorposts. For them, the threshold was more than an entrance. It was a covenantal marker.
Scripture reveals, “When the Lord sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, he will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to come in to your houses to smite you“ (Exodus 12:23 NLT).
People think God passed over the house and spared those inside but that’s not was occurring. What happened is something similar to the earlier bridal motif. The Lord is passing over the threshold, covenanting with the household, and keeping the destroyer out.
This understanding continued. Although individuals were murdered in streets and alleyways, no violence entered through the front door. By stepping over a threshold, people were making an implicit covenant. If a criminal wanted to steal, they’d slip in through a window or tear a hole in a wall. Even lawbreakers were reluctant to desecrate an altar.
With this realization, it is easier to grasp the words of Jesus. He said, “I am the door; if anyone enters through me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:9-10 NASB).
Gateways, households, and altars are where heaven and earth intersect. Don’t miss what hides in plain sight.