THE DISTINGUISHING DISCRIMINATING SOVEREIGN GOD OF THE BIBLE
“But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD DOTH PUT A DIFFERENCE between the Egyptians and Israel (Ex 11:7).
Marvelous example was this of the ABSOLUTE SOVEREIGNTY OF DIVINE GRACE! As we shall yet see, the Israelites, equally with the Egyptians, fully merited the wrath of God. It was not because of any virtue or excellence in them that the Hebrews were spared. They, too, had sinned and come short of the glory of God. It was simply according to His own good pleasure that God made this difference:
“For He saith to Moses I will have mercy ON WHOM I WILL have mercy, and I will have compassion ON WHOM I WILL have compassion” [Romans 9:15].
And this was no isolated instance. It was characteristic of the ways of God in every age. It is the same today. Some are in Christ; many are out of Christ: SOVEREIGN GRACE alone has made the difference. There can be only one answer to the apostle’s question” who maketh thee to differ from another?” [1 Corinthians 4:7] — it is GOD. It is not because OUR hearts (by nature) are more tender, more responsive to the Holy Spirit, than the hearts of unbelievers; it is not that OUR wills are more pliable and less stubborn. Nor is it because of any superior mental acumen which enabled us to see our need of a Savior.
NO; GRACE, DISTINGUISHING GRACE, SOVEREIGN GRACE, IS THE DISCRIMINATING CAUSE.
Then let us see to it that we give God all the glory for it!
“But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue”!
Striking proof was this that every creature is beneath the direct control of the great Creator! It was nighttime when the Angel of death executed God’s sentence. Moreover, “thick darkness” shrouded the land. On every side was the weeping and howling of the Egyptians, as they discovered that their firstborn had been smitten down. Moreover, there was the movement of the Israelites, as by their hundreds of thousands they proceeded to leave the land of bondage. There was, then, every reason why the “dogs” should bark and howl, yea, why they should rush upon the Hebrews.
But not a single dog moved his tongue! An invisible Hand locked their jaws. Just as Babylon’s lions were rendered harmless by God, when Daniel was cast into their den, so Egypt’s dogs were stricken dumb when Jehovah’s people set out for the promised land. What comfort and assurance is there here for the believer to-day. Not so much as a fly can settle upon you without the Creator’s bidding, any more than the demons could enter the herd of swine until Christ gave them permission.