- Go and Sacrifice IN THE LAND (Exodus 8:25). He offers them
liberty to sacrifice to God if they kept within the land under his
rule. This means: Be Christians if you will, but don’t cast off the
yoke of darkness; don’t break the link of your connection with sin. The
devil will allow us to sacrifice to God if we only remain his slaves.
“Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matt. 6:24).
- Go, only NOT VERY FAR AWAY (Exodus 8:28). As much as: If you must
go beyond the boundary of my kingdom I will let you go if you don’t go
so far away as to be out of sight. Alas, that so many seem to have
accepted this condition, and try to live the Christian life with their
eyes on Egypt. “Remember Lot’s wife” (Luke 17:32). The dividing
line should be as emphatic as death and resurrection (Romans 6:8). Are
you an out of sight Christian, having escaped the corruption that is in
the world. There is no getting within sight of Canaan until we get
beyond the sight of Egypt.
- Go, YE THAT ARE MEN (Exodus 10:11). Save yourselves, but leave
your wives and children behind. Entire separation is what Pharaoh and
the devil dreads. He knew that they would not go too far, or remain
away, who had left their families in Egypt. Such half-hearted service
never does the kingdom of Satan much damage. “The promise is to you,
and to your children” (Acts 2:39).
- Go, but LEAVE YOUR FLOCKS (Exodus 10:24). To leave their flocks
meant to serve their God without a sacrifice. When the devil cannot
possibly hinder you from going out of his kingdom, how he does seek to
mar and murder your influence for good. The Israelites could not serve
their God acceptably without personal sacrifice. No more can we. If the
adversary can get between us and the sacrifice, separation and
God-pleasing service will be impossible. How many today, in this
matter, have gone the way of Cain in offering to God a service that has
not been consecrated by blood. Let our answer to these wiles of the
devil be the answer of Moses, the servant of God, “not a hoof shall be
left behind” (Exodus 10:26).