Saturday, February 17 2018
And in that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, in which My people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there, in order that you may know that I am the Lord in the midst of the land...Exodus: 8:22
God always preserved a people in the midst of trouble. I love the story in Genesis when Joseph's brothers did him wrong and because of jealousy stripped him of his favor and sold him into captivity, only for Joseph to continually arise in favor and authority. Through many years Joseph was being prepared to become the dream that he so carelessly shared with his brothers. Then suddenly, while in prison where he had been for a number of years Joseph is brought out to stand before Pharoah because of the gift on his life. You know the story...he is promoted to second highest in authority in the land because through a dream and the gift of interpreting the Pharoah's dream, Joseph found favor and the wisdom of God that was operating in his life made a path for Joseph to bring deliverance to God's people in a time of famine.
What a beautiful story of God's restoring power for his people in times of famine. God always preserves a people. When Joseph brought his family into the land of Egpyt he brought them to the best of the land...Goshen. There the children of Isreal multiplied. Goshen became a place where they could increase, they were provided for with the best of the land. After many years a new Pharoah arose that did not know Joseph and he was threatened by the Hebrews because they had grown to where they were taking over the land. From that day forward the Hebrew children came under bondage serving a wicked Pharoah that used them for his increase. God heard their cries and remembered his covenent with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He is a covenent keeping God. So he raised up a deliverer (Moses) once again in the midst of hard times. While Pharoah was trying to stop the Hebrew children from increasing in his land by killing all the sons...the Hebrew women guarded their life. Moses was sent from among his own people to be raised by Pharoah's wife. He grew up in the midst of the very Kingdom that was trying to destory his people.
Even in the midst of that oppressive ruler God's people were living in the best of the land. When the time came for Moses after much preparation in the wildneress to now be a voice that would lead God's people out of their oppression...God choose to show His mighty works among his people. Pharoah's heart was in the hand of God. He sent Moses to him and he told Moses that he would harden Pharoah's heart. He sent plaques on the land but in that day he set apart the land of Goshen. In the midst of the plaques Goshen was not touched because that is where God's people lived. His desire was to show his people he was Lord in the midst of the land. Pharoah did not control the people of God...God was in control and he showed that to them over and over again. Proverbs 21:1 says...The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.
God always preserves a people in the midst of the storms. No government or oppressive environment can control God's people. The children of Isreal lived in the best of the land and even when judgement came upon the land and Pharoah it did not touch the land of Goshen.
Just as Joseph was sent beforehand to preserve a people, God made a way for us. God sent his only son, Jesus, to die in our place so that we might have life and life more abundantly, (John 10:10). Jesus made a way to reconcile us to the Father through his sacrifice. The blood of Jesus is our protection. We are hidden under the shadow of the almighty...there is a place that we are kept that no weapon formed against us shall prosper, (Isaiah 54:17). You don't have to fear the terror by night nor the destruction at noonday...it shall not come near you.
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust. Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from their perilous prestilence. He shall cover you with his fathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge. His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the prestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destructive that lays waste at noonday.
The precious blood of Jesus...what can wash away my sins, nothing but the blood of Jesus. What can make me whole again, nothing but the blood of Jesus. You don't have to live in fear of what might come...there is a defense far greater than any weapon of warfare and that is the blood of Jesus. We live in the land of Goshen and our borders are protected...there is no lack...no famine...no fear.