from Lynda Lindsey
But on that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, where my people dwell, so that no swarms of flies shall be there, that you may know that I am the Lord in the midst of the earth. Thus I will put a division between my people and your people. Exodus 8:22-23(a)
But the Lord will make a distinction between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of Egypt, so that nothing of all that belongs to the people of Israel shall die. …And Pharaoh sent, and behold, not one of the livestock of Israel was dead. Exodus 9:4; 7(a)
Now therefore send, get your livestock and all that you have in the field into shelter, for every man and beast that is in the field and is not brought home will die when the hail falls on them. …Only in the land of Goshen, where the people of Israel were, was there no hail. Exodus 9:19; 26
God’s call involves exchanging the known and familiar for the uncertain and unexpected. What did Noah know about floods or building floating zoos? What did Abram know about any land except Ur? What did Moses, raised as an Egyptian, know about shepherding, much less about leading a nation of people out of slavery? Moses and Aaron, in godly obedience and faith, approached Pharaoh again and again. Each time God told Moses what He, God, would do, which doubtless reassured Moses, since the court magicians had power, even if limited, in their secret arts.
God set apart the land of Goshen, where His people dwelt; God made a division, a separation between His people and Pharaoh’s people, that everyone would know the superiority of God, that there is no other god like the one true God. God, a hedge of protection for His people, a shelter in storms; keeps safe those who are home in His shelter. To remain in the world where the storms rage is death. Those who trust in Him never die; He will bring us into our eternal home in safety and peace.
God calls us out of what we know and sets us apart to be in relationship with HIm. He makes us distinct, different from the world. He chooses us, sets us apart from the old ways we’ve followed, establishes us for His possession, a holy possession, His treasure. He brings us out of darkness to light, out of slavery to freedom, so that we may proclaim His excellencies. Pharaoh checked out the truth of what he was told, even through he rejected that truth. Live distinctly. Proclaim God’s distinction. And pray people will check out the truth of God and come in out of the storm!