Did You Think About Darkness this Past Weekend? So Did I !

Darkness? Now that’s something to think about.
There is a town called Barrow, Alaska. It stays dark for 65 days each year. What would that be like? I guess it might be depressing, but they have electricity so at least you will be able to see. At least it won’t be “A darkness to be felt.”
The ninth plague in the book of Exodus is the plague of darkness. God raised up Pharaoh to show His glory. Pharaoh would not let the Israelites go and worship God so God sent plagues on the Egyptians. The Scriptures declare that it was pitch darkness – Exodus 10:21-23. This was an interesting plague because although it would be darkness in the land of Egypt, the land of Goshen would have light.
Darkness in Scripture is often a symbol for sin or judgment (Ephesians 5:8; 1 Peter 2:9). God was judging the Egyptians. This darkness would last for three days. In Scripture the number three often signifies completion. They were completely steeped in sin and God will completely judge them. Why was God doing this?
In Exodus 11:7, God says, “You may know that the Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.”
God made a distinction, and He still makes a distinction between His people and those who are not His people. God goes on to strike the first-born in all the land. The Passover was instituted BUT there was only one law for the native and for the stranger who sojourned among them (Exodus 12:49). If the sojourner wanted deliverance from judgment, they had to be in a house that was covered by a substitute. There is still only one law for those who want to be delivered from God’s final darkness – enter through the door. Jesus said I am the door, if anyone enters by me, he will be saved…” (John 10:9). If you are in darkness, look for the only door that has a light. That is the door where you will knock and come in and have fellowship with the King of kings and the Lord of lords – The Lord Jesus Christ!

Brian Spivey


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