In the world but not of it

June 12, 2010


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Then you will know that the LORD makes a distinction between the Egyptians and the Israelites. Exodus 11:7

What an amazing statement the Lord gives us here in this text! He makes a distinction between His chosen people and those in the world who reject Him.

This term distinction carries the idea of not only being set apart or unique but also the idea of being wonderfully constructed. This is exactly what the Bible tells us about ourselves and how the Lord brought us about when David exclaimed “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it” (Psalms 139:14).

Later in Exodus we see the Lord making a specific statement of distinction when He says “When I see the blood, I will pass over you” (Exodus 12:13). This was preceded by telling the children of Israel to take some of the blood of the offering and put it on their doorposts, which formed the points of a cross. How remarkable is our God, from the very beginning His plans are well thought out and complete, missing no details, having no loopholes…

This distinction, this assurance we have because of His work is not intended to make us arrogant or proud. It is not meant to have us be condescending to those in the world. On the contrary, it is a message we must bring to those around us. It is also meant to remind us of the responsibility of our calling, the need to live our lives pleasing to Him. We see this message given to us in the New Testament when John wrote, “But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

The Lord makes a distinction.


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