THE DIVINE DISTINCTION EXODUS 11:7
But among the Israelites not a dog will bark at any man or animal.' Then you will know that the LORD makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.
In the final preparations for the exodus from Egypt the Lord was beginning the process of setting his people apart once again.
Gods people are decidedly and distinctly different from the rest of the world. There is a certain “set-apart-ness” that we are to identify with and enjoy.
THE POSITION OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD IS CHOSEN, SPECIAL, AND EXALTED.
For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.
God has chosen Israel, and subsequently the Church to be a people holy unto him.
In the original plan for Israel their distinction was that they were to be a nation that had no earthly king.
The people of God are to live holy lives. That is in absolute contrast to the world around us.
We see that we are chosen. That is in absolute contrast to the people of the world who desire to rule themselves.
We see that we are treasured. That is in absolute contrast to what most if not all rulers feel about their subjects.
The people of God live within the confines of a positional blessing.
We did not earn it but we gained it by acceptance of Christ. The divine distinction of Gods people is that we are positioned as the people of God by his abundant grace.
WE ARE THE POSSESSION OF GOD BY PURPOSE PLAN AND PROVISION.
for you are a people holy to the LORD your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the LORD has chosen you to be his treasured possession.
God has a purpose for everything his people go through. We do not live lives of accidental happenings and mere chance.
God has planned for you to be in certain places and deal with certain things.
God provided for Israel and he provides for us.
The divine distinction of Gods people is that we are possessed by our powerful God.
WE ARE THE PURIFIED PEOPLE OF GOD.
Do not eat anything you find already dead. You may give it to an alien living in any of your towns, and he may eat it, or you may sell it to a foreigner. But you are a people holy to the LORD your God. Do not cook a young goat in its mother's milk.
Because we belong to the Lord purity is demanded of us.
The dietary laws of the Lord applied only to Israel as part of their standard of holiness.
God still expects purity to be noted on behalf of his people. Our actions and attitudes are still supposed to set us apart from those around us.
The divine distinction of Gods people is that we are purified by our God and we can stay that way.
WE ENJOY PRIVILEDGE AS THE PEOPLE OF GOD.
He has declared that he will set you in praise, fame and honour high above all the nations he has made and that you will be a people holy to the LORD your God, as he promised.
No other god has ever made the claims about his people that the one true God has.
Other so called gods are evil, demanding, ritualistic and small.
There are no other religions where the god of the faith system promises to exalt the people.
Other so called gods only demand to be exalted by the people.
So our God (being the one true God) exalts and blesses us.
WE ARE PROMOTED BY OUR GOD.
The LORD will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the LORD your God and walk in his ways.
Our strength, sustenance and success come from the Lord.
2 Timothy 4:17
But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion's mouth.
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
He brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey;
The divine distinction of Gods people is that we are promoted by our God rather than the other way around.
The message is simple then for us to grasp: God makes a divine distinction between his people and the world. Because he does we can be decidedly and distinctly His.