The Ultimate Distinction
First there had been a river of blood, and then a plague of frogs, succeeded by swarms of lice, and then by swarms of flies and still Pharaoh was unyielding and fixed in his determination not to listen to God’s voice. After the fourth plague, God said something very interesting to Pharaoh, “I will make a distinction between My people and your people”. This troubled Pharaoh, so he begged Moses to pray for him, promising to let the Israelites go thereafter. But true to his previous pattern of behaviour, once the plague had departed, Pharaoh hardened his heart once more and refused to let the people go, (Exodus 8: 23-32). Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell Pharaoh, ‘The Lord God of the Israelites says: “Let My people go, that they may serve Me. If you refuse to let them go, and still hold them, behold, the hand of the Lord will be on all your animals. And the Lord will make a distinction between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of Egypt, (Exodus 9: 1-4).
Up until that point, Pharaoh had been making a distinction between his people and the Israelites. It was a distinction that had seen Israelite baby boys thrown into the Nile and all Israelites made into slaves. But now the LORD will be making the ultimate distinction between His people and Pharaoh’s “so that you will know that I, the Lord, am in this land.” When you hear the word of the Lord telling you that you belong to Him; then you hear the claims of your family, employer and the wider community do you see yourself as distinctly belonging to God? Are you caught between the words of God and the words of Pharaoh? Do you realise that you have a future of distinction because of the presence of the Lord in the land? Even though you may not yet be free, you can start rejoicing in your freedom, because the Lord is in the land and He has sided with you. Whose word are you listening to? Whose word do you believe? Whose word is shaping your life? Can you see the finger of God in your life? No matter what your current situation; the LORD is in the land and He has made the distinction on your behalf.
Written by Judith Purkiss