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A Distinct Separation

If you do not let my people go, I will send swarms of flies on you and your officials, on your people and into your houses. The houses of the Egyptians will be full of flies, and even the ground where they are. “‘But on that day I will deal differently with the land of Goshen, where my people live; no swarms of flies will be there, so that you will know that I, the LORD, am in this land. I will make a distinction between my people and your people. This miraculous sign will occur tomorrow.’” Exodus 8:21(NIV)

As we read the story of God’s deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt we learn a great lesson in His divine protection. After suffering three consecutive plagues by the hand of God, Pharaoh was given an ultimatum; let God’s people go or Egypt would suffer a fourth plague; this one consisting of flies. God had given Pharaoh three prior ultimatums where pharaoh initially agreed, only to change his mind. As a result of Pharaoh’s hard heart every person in the land suffered, both Hebrew and Egyptian.

Something was about to change with this fourth plague though, as God was going to separate His people so they would not have to endure or suffer its affects. Each plague had become successively worse, and this fourth plague with flies would be harsh, as these particular flies were the type to feed on flesh. 

He sent swarms of flies among them, which devoured them, Psalms 78:45 (NKJV)

So here you have millions of flies all throughout Egypt, but God was going to reveal His protection for His people and guard them against this plague; they were to be set apart from all other people – sanctified.

As we read this story, we can take great comfort in God’s grace (unmerited favor) upon His people, because as believers of Jesus and children of God, we have this very same grace upon us. God protects us from many things Satan and his emissaries would want to do to us. We see the prayer of Jesus to His Father for the protection of His followers as recorded in John 17:15.

"I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.." John 17:15 (NKJV)

When we place our faith in Jesus for our salvation we are “sanctified” by His blood. This means we are made holy to God and set apart, much like the children of Israel were. We will still go through certain trials, but we can be confident God’s hand will be upon us, guiding and leading us through each specific test. But just as it was in the case of the flies in Egypt, there will be many times we won’t have to endure certain hardships, as we will be separated and protected from them.

We can see clearly, God made a distinction during this plague — a distinction between His people and those who were not His — He will always continue to do so. God loves all people unconditionally, but He has a special place and provision for those who seek to know Him and accept His free gift of salvation. Those are the ones called Children of God (John 1:12). 

STUDY QUESTION: According to John 17:15, what specifically did Jesus pray for His followers?

PERSONAL INVENTORY:  Do you have that peace of mind of being sanctified, or set apart by God? 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: When you go through trials, God will guide you through them, and He will develop you in your faith, patience, perseverance, and character. God will use these lessons to prepare you to help others, and to be a comfort to them, as they go through the same thing.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for sanctifying us and for accepting us as Your children, and for making us a part of Your family. Thank You for protecting us and leading us through each situation we will face. We love You and we praise You. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be Blessed, Pastor Scott



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