Whenever we read anything from Exodus, I cannot help but think of Charlton Heston as Moses. I have a picture of him in my mind going before Pharaoh and telling him that God is going to send a plague of flies as the fourth plague. I see him before Pharaoh with his red, black, and white striped robe explain that with this particular plague, Egypt will be afflicted, but the Israelites will be spared. God’s people will be set apart, and no swarm of flies will afflict them. And so it was, throughout the land of Egypt the land was ruined by the flies. But where the Israelites were, where God’s people were, there were no flies.
While I text doesn’t go any further, it does not end there. The 5th plagues is upon the livestock of Egypt, but the Israelites were set apart, and their livestock was untouched. Then the plague of boils fell upon the Egyptians, and again the Israelites were set apart and unafflicted. 7th was the destructive hail upon the Egyptians, and yes, you guessed it, being set apart by God, the land of Goshen was not touched by the hail.
Thanks be to God in Christ Jesus our Lord who has set us apart as His. Amen.