“Those officials of Pharaoh who feared the word of the Lord hurried to bring their slaves and their livestock inside. But those who ignored the word of the Lord left their slaves and livestock in the field.” (Exodus 9:20-21, NIV)

Today’s scripture from the account of God’s liberation of the Children of Israel from slavery in Egypt serves to remind us of two critically important things: (1) God’s invitation to life and salvation is for everyone; and (2) acceptance of that invitation through obedience leads to life, while the refusal of that invitation through disobedience leads to destruction.

The disciple of Jesus does well to remember that God loves all of His creatures, and the measure of that love is the extent to which God goes to provide the alternative to our certain destruction and death.  The key to life is our acceptance of God’s way through obedience, as was the case with the Egyptians who chose to obey God by doing a singular, common act: Recalling their slaves and the livestock to the shelters for refuge from the hailstorm they believed was coming.

Never underestimate the power of a singular, seemingly common, act of godly obedience.  – Luther

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