April 9: Passover

– God’s Protection of Israel

Exodus 8:20-24

20 Then the Lord spoke to Moses. He said, “Get up early in the morning. Talk to Pharaoh as he goes down to the Nile River. Say to him, ‘The Lord says, “Let my people go. Then they will be able to worship me. 21 If you do not let my people go, I will send large numbers of flies. I will send them on you and your officials. I will send them on your people and into your homes. The houses of the Egyptians will be full of flies. Even the ground will be covered with them.

22 “ ‘ “But on that day I will treat the area of Goshen differently from yours. That is where my people live. There will not be large numbers of flies in Goshen. Then you will know that I, the Lord, am in this land. 23 I will treat my people differently from yours. This sign will take place tomorrow.” ’ ”

24 So the Lord did it. Huge numbers of flies poured into Pharaoh’s palace. They came into the homes of his officials. All over Egypt the flies destroyed the land.

When Jacob’s family first came to Egypt, the Pharaoh sent them to live in the area of Goshen.  Goshen was a fruitful area in northern Egypt. The fact that the Jews were separated from the Egyptians was very important for their own safety.  When the rest of Egypt suffered from the swarms of flies, the Jewish people in Goshen were left alone.

The Egyptians witnessed that God has a special relationship with Israel.  They also saw that He protects them and that He is ruler over all creation.



God will keep in perfect peace those whose hearts and minds are focused on Him.

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