January 21, 2017

January 21, 2017

EXODUS 10-12

Focus Verse: “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘I will strike Pharaoh and the land of Egypt with one more blow.’”

Exodus 11:1

“But among the Israelites it will be so peaceful that not even a dog will bark. Then you will know that the Lord makes a distinction between the Egyptians and the Israelites.”

Exodus 11:7

If you’re familiar with the exodus story, then you recognize this as the climax to all of the plagues with which the Lord struck Egypt: the death of the firstborn. Now the Israelites were able to avoid the plague because they celebrated the first Passover by taking the blood of a lamb or young goat and spreading it on the frame of their door.

The blood, symbolic of the blood of Jesus, covering the Israelites so that the angel of death wouldn’t strike. But let’s never forget, the angel of the Lord did strike. In fact, throughout this whole reading, whenever we read that a certain plague (starting at the plague of the flies) didn’t hit the Israelites, let’s remember this humbling concept: The Israelites were only spared the blow because that blow fell on Jesus Christ.

God’s perfect justice, His holiness and righteousness, won’t allow for preferential treatment. So He can’t punish some people and not others. Make no mistake; the Israelites were just as guilty of sin as the Egyptians (this will become clear when they start wandering in the desert). The difference between the Egyptians and the Israelites wasn’t in their holiness; it was in WHO they depended on to make them holy.

Who are you depending on to make you holy? Unless all of your hope, trust and faith is in Jesus Christ, this “one more blow” that fell on Egypt won’t pass you over. The only way to make it through it peacefully is by believing that Christ took that blow for you.

What a Savior!

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