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Pharaoh's Sinful Compromise was Rejected by Moses - Exodus 8:25-10:24

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(quotes are from the English Standard Version - ESV)

 

I. Then Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron and said, "Go, sacrifice to your God within the land." - Exodus 8:25

A. He offered to let Moses and the Hebrews to worship in the land of Egypt

1. Moses response is in verses 26-27.

But Moses said, "It would not be right to do so, for the offerings we shall sacrifice to the LORD our God are an abomination to the Egyptians. If we sacrifice offerings abominable to the Egyptians before their eyes, will they not stone us? We must go three daysí journey into the wilderness and sacrifice to the LORD our God as he tells us."

2. Egypt is NOT where God wanted the Hebrews to worship.

B. Compromise Is Sin

1. Double-Mindedness

You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God - James 4:4

2. Causes God's People To Be Indecisive and Faithless

And Elijah came near to all the people and said, "How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him." And the people did not answer him a word - 1 Kings 18:21

 

II. So Pharaoh said, "I will let you go to sacrifice to the LORD your God in the wilderness; only you must not go very far away. Plead for me." - Exodus 8:28

A. He offered to let Moses and the Hebrews to worship just not as far as the LORD commanded

B. Compromise Begins in the Heart

For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father - 1 Kings 11:4

 

III. So Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh. And he said to them, "Go, serve the LORD your God. But which ones are to go?" Moses said, "We will go with our young and our old. We will go with our sons and daughters and with our flocks and herds, for we must hold a feast to the LORD." But he said to them, "The LORD be with you, if ever I let you and your little ones go! Look, you have some evil purpose in mind. No! Go, the men among you, and serve the LORD, for that is what you are asking." And they were driven out from Pharaohís presence - Exodus 10:8-11

A. Pharaoh proposed that the men could leave but leave the women and children behind! Satan is willing for parents to be religious as long as they donít try and influence their children!

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise - Deuteronomy 6:6-7

B. If Satan can stop the teaching of the gospel in any one single generation of people, the next generation will belong to him! He does not want us teaching our children, our neighbors; in fact he is content if we do not active any form of evangelism at all!

 

IV. Then Pharaoh called Moses and said, "Go, serve the LORD; your little ones also may go with you; only let your flocks and your herds remain behind." - Exodus 10:24

A. Pharaoh proposed that the people could leave but leave the animals behind!

B. Satan still tells us today- Go to services but donít take your money, your influence of time with you!

1. Do we truly use the things we have for the glory of God?

2. Do we understand everything we have we are merely stewards of?

 

CONCLUSION:

A. Moses and Aaron refused to be swayed by Pharaoh and his tactics

B. We must resist Satanís temptations, efforts and influences

C. God demands that we are 100% for Him

 

-- Andrew Perkins, April 2009 --

 


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