Bible Order: Exodus 29–30
Chronological Order: Genesis 41–42
New Testament Only: Matthew 18:1–20
Proclaim His Name In All The Earth
We read of the fifth through ninth plagues today; each seems to get worse and worse. I find the ninth plague a powerful allegory for the state of the lost and the saved. Darkness covered the entire land of Egypt with the exception of the land of Goshen. Goshen was the area in Egypt where the Israelites lived. They lived in light while the rest of the nation lived in darkness. The light was testimony to the blessing of living in right relationship with God and the darkness was testimony to the consequence of living separated from God. Truly, to be separated from God is a horrible fate.
Have you ever wondered why God went through such a complex process of plagues leading up to the release of His Chosen People? Why didn’t He just say “Let my people go or you and your nation will be destroyed”? Why, when Pharaoh said “no”, didn’t He just level the place and been done with it? God actually tells us why in the verses from today’s passage.
Exodus 9:16 ESV
“But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.”