He shall kill it [the burnt sacrifice] on the north side of the altar before the Lord; and the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall sprinkle its blood all around on the altar.
In the Bible, the north of Israel was a source of trouble for the nation. It was from Israel’s north that destruction poured forth (see Jeremiah 1:14–15). Israel’s enemies came from the north (see Jeremiah 6:1, 22–23). The north is thus a picture of evil in the Bible.
Interestingly, the animal for the burnt sacrifice was killed “on the north side of the altar.” The burnt sacrifice speaks of Jesus who gave Himself as “an offering and a sacrifice to God” for us (Ephesians 5:2). Calvary, where Jesus was crucified, and the Garden Tomb, where His empty tomb is, are located to the north of Jerusalem. In other words, Jesus died in the north, from where evil comes against His people.
This means that Jesus’ death stops evil in our lives when we, who are priests of the Most High God (see Revelation 1:6), speak His blood over our lives, just like how Aaron’s sons sprinkled the blood of the burnt offering all around on the altar.
This was the case for a church member who was serving in the army. He testified about how God preserved His life when a thunderstorm struck while he was carrying out sentry duty in a tower in his army camp. The rain kept him stranded in the tower which had a metal-framed window.
Suddenly, a bright purplish flash lit up right next to him, stunning him completely and almost throwing him off balance. A bolt of lightning had struck the lightning rod on the roof and the electricity was conducted through the metal-framed window causing the purple flash. But the blood of Jesus on him protected him from harm!
Praise Jesus, whose blood stops evil in its tracks! It does not matter what the devil sends your way. As long as you are covered with the blood of Jesus, no evil can harm you!
– Joseph Prince