“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…The hail struck down everything that was in the field in all the land of Egypt, both man and beast. And the hail struck down every plant of the field and broke every tree of the field. Only in the land of Goshen, where the people of Israel were, was there no hail.” (Exodus 8:22; 9:25-26, ESV)
Anyone who knows the story of Moses and God’s deliverance of the people of Israel from slavery, knows of the ten plagues sent by God to convince Pharaoh to let the people of God go. Along with the convincing came an intentional hardening to bring justice to Egypt for the cruel treatment of God’s people. There were other reasons including wickedness, idolatry, etc.
The point is, even though God’s people were in bondage, while He dealt with things on a national level, He kept His covenant people covered, protected and provided for in the middle of all of it. Consider the following:
“So, Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was pitch darkness in all the land of Egypt three days. They did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days, but all the people of Israel had light where they lived.” (Exodus 10:22-23, ESV)
The ninth plague, that of complete and utter darkness covered the land EXCEPT where Israel lived, in the land of Goshen. They were sheltered in place and because they were in relationship with God, they had light, protection from plagues; they had roofs over their heads and provisions on their tables. They had time with their families and time to spend focusing on the goodness of God.
Today, believers have a better covenant through Jesus Christ. But make no mistake, God is the same God who is dealing with national issues, insuring they will fulfill His purposes. All around us, the world over, COVID-19 is the story of every headline. And yet, it is my experience that my family is safely sheltered at home, with a roof over our heads, provision on our tables, time together as a family and time to spend with God.
Here’s the significance of this for you and me: Jesus is coming again! While we don’t know when, the Bible has prophetically declared it, and it will be soon. The Bible has been proven time and again, particularly the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus; the foundation of our covenant, upon which we may depend that the promises of the Bible are to us, “Yes and amen.”(2 Cor. 1:20, ESV).
If you are one who is scared or confused about what is happening around us, I encourage you to come out of the darkness and into the light of God’s love. He loves you! Simply ask Jesus to come into your heart. More people seeking Him today than ever before. The world around us is changing, but God never changes (see Micah 3:6). Will you join us?
More next week!
Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos. During the COVID-19 “Shelter-in-place” order, visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for Sunday services on-line, and for further information about the ministry. Also join us for prayer daily, M-Sat. at 10 a.m., LIVE on the Grace San Marcos Facebook page.
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