Day eleven: Exodus 11
Do I fit in? A simple question that often has a more complex answer.
In Exodus 11 we see that God is about to release the worst of the plagues on Egypt. But God chooses to set apart the Israelites. No longer will they suffer like the Egyptians, but they will continue to live their lives as normal.
If you were to put yourself in the shoes of the Israelites, you certainly wouldn’t feel like you fitted in. After all, you are a slave, forced to work in a country that’s not your own and you had no choice in any of it whatsoever. Feeling like an outsider. I’m sure we’ve all felt like that – but I wonder, have we ever thought about it as being set apart? Made an outcast for a reason?
I won’t lie, it’s not going to be the first thing that comes to mind when we feel like we don’t fit in. But in Exodus 11 we see God set apart his people – the Israelites – to spare them from hurt and harm. Verse 7 says ‘“But among the Israelites not a dog will bark at any person or animal.” Then you will know that the Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.’ And the thing is, this isn’t the first time we see God setting apart the Israelites, he does it all the way through from chapter 8.
You see, God’s people have always been set apart and always will be. Just take a look around the world, we see Christians being put to death for their faith, we see people being bullied for believing in an amazing and loving God and we see the number of people coming to faith fluctuating year-to-year.
1 Peter 2v9 says “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”
So, do you fit in? Absolutely not! But it’s all good. God has set you apart.
Question for today: How does it make you feel knowing that you are set apart by God?