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.”
God has a greater purpose than vengeance. He has a greater purpose than simply saving the Israelites. His purpose is redemption. Every story in the Bible is designed to teach us about our need for a Savior, for right relationship with God. To save the Lost, God’s name must be proclaimed in all the Earth. The Bible clearly demonstrates His absolute power and the undeniable truth that He is Lord of all.
Brothers, you are living in Goshen. You, if you have submitted your life to the authority of Christ, are saved and safe. You are living in the light, but what about all of those people who are living out there in the darkness. The reason you and I are still here on the Earth, rather than in Heaven in the bosom of our heavenly Father, is so that His name may be proclaimed in all the Earth. Consider what God would have you do, and please, I beseech you, do it.