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Exodus 8:20-9:7 “Flies and Livestock”

“I will make a difference between My people and your people.”

Exodus 8:23 (NKJV)

On the first day of creation, God separated light from darkness (Genesis 1:3-5). Since then, God separates the children of light from the children of darkness. He calls us out of darkness and into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9). This requires a distinction to be made. With the fourth plague we see God beginning to make a distinction between the Hebrews and the Egyptians.

The plague of flies (or dung beetles) would come upon the Egyptians but not upon the Hebrews. God would set apart the land of Goshen so that they would not suffer. By this distinction, everyone would know that the LORD was in the land.

Today God calls us out of the darkness of this world to be children of light.

“Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

2 Corinthians 6:17–18 (NLT)

Part of the reason for this separation is so that when the world sees that we are different, they will know that we belong to God and that He is among us.

But just as when Pharaoh sought to have the Hebrews remain in the land, so the devil seeks to have the church remain worldly. He seeks to blur the lines of distinction. This compromise has weakened the church and damaged our witness.

Jesus didn’t pray that the Father would take us out of the world, but that He would keep us from the evil one (John 17:15). Let’s pray that God will help us separate our hearts from loving this world and live devoted lives to Him. Let us walk in the light as He is in the light!

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