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And Pharaoh called unto Moses, and said, Go ye, serve the Lord; only let your flocks and your herds be stayed: let your little ones also go with you. And Moses said, Thou must give us also sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice unto the Lord our God. Our cattle also shall go with us; there shall not an hoof be left behind; for thereof must we take to serve the Lord our God; and we know not with what we must serve the Lord, until we come thither (Ex. 10:24-26).
Eight of the ten plagues that Egypt endured at the hands of God because of the stubbornness of her Pharaoh are covered here. Although Pharaoh had been unwavering in his decisions during the plague of blood, during each of the subsequent trials he sent for Moses and told him that the Israelites would be free to go if Moses would intercede with his God and make the suffering stop. Each time, Moses did as the Pharaoh requested, and each time the Lord ended the plague. Predictably though, as soon as the danger had passed, Pharaoh would change his mind and refuse to let his valuable slaves go. As the plagues intensified, however, Pharaoh began to offer compromises. Go ye, serve the Lord; only let your flocks and your herds be stayed: let your little ones also go with you. Moses, as the servant of God, would not yield to Pharaoh's demands. He replied, Our cattle also shall go with us; there shall not an hoof be left behind; for thereof must we take to serve the Lord our God. Although it would have been much easier for Moses to have said, "Okay," and have hurried his people away from Egypt before the crafty king once again changed his mind, Pharaoh's offer did not meet the requirements set forth by the Lord. The commands of God are supreme and nonnegotiable. As His children, we must not compromise. We have but one Authority and are to yield to none other.
What does this mean to the individual today who desires to be delivered from "Pharaoh's" (Satan's) power? It means that we must be willing to make a complete break from the worldly life that we currently lead. We can't meet God halfway. If we consent to worship Him on Sunday with no intention of forsaking our sinful activities on Monday, then our actions are meaningless, both to us and to God. The cross that ended the physical life of Jesus put an end to the power of Satan to control the sinner, and the power that raised Christ from the dead now enables the believer to live a new life with Christ. Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:4). To receive that new life, however, we must surrender ourselves fully to Him. If our worship and walk are to please our Savior and Lord, there can be no compromise.
The cross is a symbol of death to our self-centered will, and represents a complete separation from our old life of sin. When we choose to follow God, we must follow Him with our whole heart. Washed in the blood of the Lamb, we must renounce Satan's hold over every aspect our lives.
And He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me (Luke 9:23).
Thought for Today:
Hypocrisy leads to spiritual self-destruction.
As The Light of the world in contrast to a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: they saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings (Ex. 10:22-23). Jesus said: I am The Light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness (John 8:12).
8:3 kneadingtroughs = mixing vessels; 8:9 Glory over me: when shall I intreat for thee = The honor is yours to tell me when I am to pray for you; 8:19 finger of God = act of God; 8:22 sever = wonderfully separate; 8:26 not meet = not proper; 9:20 feared the Word of the Lord = terrified by the threat of God; 9:28 Intreat = pray fervently; 9:31 bolled = ripening; 10:7 be a snare = continue to be a menace.