Read Exodus 11
Focus on verse 7
I’m not much of an antique dealer or art critic, but I know enough about both to know that that value of any piece goes up exponentially if it is rare…or better yet one of a kind. This quality alone however, is not enough. If it was, we could all get rich selling snowflakes. In order for it to be valuable is also has to be in demand…someone has to want to own it. The more people there are who want to own it, combined with it being a rare item determine how valuable the item will be.
In today’s reading God continues to make a distinction between the people that belong to Him and those who do not. This is why it is so important that the Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel? This phrase appears with nearly every plague, which makes me think that there is more to this than nationality.
But not a dog shall growl against any of the people of Israel, either man or beast, that you may know that the Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.’(v. 7)
It is also not just a matter of allegiance to the Lord, since by the end of the plagues there are more than a few Egyptians among the servants of Pharaoh holding Moses and his God in high regard and quite possibly believe Pharaoh has lost his marbles. My thought is that the distinction has to do with the promise… with the reality that Israel was chosen by God to be His people. This showdown between the God of Israel and the gods of the Egyptians had a two-fold purpose. It was to establish in the minds of the Hebrew slaves in a memorable fashion that Yahweh was the supreme God of the universe, and that He had chosen them as His people. It was also to prove to Pharaoh as well as to all who read this account that there is no god formed in the imagination of man that has any power or value compared to the value of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. There is only One God!