With the cost of fuel climbing day after day it leads many to wonder where it’s all heading. Will we reach 5 or 6 dollars a gallon before long? If we do then how are most of us going to continue living the way we are accustomed? What about this Government required health care? Is there anything that can be done to stop it? What if we can’t stop it?
All of these questions and a few more went through my thoughts recently and the Children of Israel’s captivity in Egypt came to mind. They were in slavery in Egypt at the time God sent all of those awful plagues. There were rivers of blood, frogs, gnats, flies, dying cattle, boils, hail, locusts, darkness that could be felt and finally the death of the firstborn of every child and beast. Quite the list of disasters don’t you think? And we thought high fuel prices were bad.
Let me get back to my point here. I know high fuel prices can’t compare to rivers of blood or the death of our firstborn, but I found something in this story I thought was very encouraging. It seems that although Israel lived in Egypt, Goshen to be exact, God miraculously kept them through each and every plague.
The plague of flies covered all of Egypt except Goshen. It seems there were two reasons God did this. First he did it to keep Israel from the anguish of the plague, but he also did it to let everyone know he was in fact in there midst. The next one was a severe pestilence on the livestock. It came upon all of the horses, donkeys, camels, the herds and flocks of Egypt. Curiously enough none of the livestock of Israel were affected. Hail was next on the list and everyone had massive hail damage except you guessed it Israel. They received no hail at all that day. This next one was the one that truly caught my attention. It was a plague of darkness. The Bible says it was a darkness that could be felt. The Bible says, “They did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days, but all the sons of Israel had light in their dwellings.” Even if it gets so dark in the world that no one can even leave their homes those chosen of God will still have light in their dwelling. God has a way of keeping them that are his.
The final event in the showdown between Israel’s God and all the gods of Egypt is of course the story of Passover. This is such a beautiful picture of us being in Christ and Christ being in us. Everyone that put the blood of the lamb on their doorpost would be spared. Them that didn’t would lose their firstborn child. God’s instructions were to kill the lamb, eat it from within the house and place the blood on the sides and top of the door frame. God said, “When I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.”
To me this is comforting. No matter how bad things became in Egypt God’s people were kept from it. We too have to keep the faith. No matter how bad the economy, gas prices or the government insanity gets we are still God’s people. Obviously the plagues were from God. Could it be that all of what befalls us is from him too? God didn’t just keep Israel from the plagues he delivered them by way of the plagues. If God can deliver Israel from a hard-hearted tyrant like Pharaoh he can deliver us too.
Written by Louie