Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, “Go sacrifice to your God in the land.”
And Moses said, “It is not right to do so, for we would be sacrificing the abomination of the Egyptians to the LORD our God. If we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, then will they not stone us? We will go three days’ journey into the wilderness and sacrifice to the LORD our God as He will command us.”
So Pharaoh said, I will let you go, that you may sacrifice to the LORD your God in the wilderness; only you shall not go very far away. Intercede for me.”
Then Moses said, “Indeed I am going out from you, and I will entreat the LORD, that the swarms of flies may depart tomorrow from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people. But let Pharaoh not deal deceitfully anymore in not letting the people go sacrifice to the LORD.”
But Pharaoh hardened his heart at this time also; neither would he let the people go. (Exodus 8:25-29, 32, NKJV)
Compromise is defined as a settlement of differences in which each side makes concessions. From Scripture as a whole we can determine three facts: (1) God does not compromise His Word because it is contrary to His nature (Titus 1:2); (2) the Enemy uses compromise to hinder the spiritual life of the Believer (Genesis 3 and Matthew 4:1-11); and (3) the person who is poor in spirit will not compromise God’s Word because he has taken on the character of Christ (Romans 13: 4; Galatians 3:27; Ephesians 4:24; and Colossians 3:10-11).
See in this passage how Pharaoh compromises. The command of the LORD was for all the people of Israel to leave Egypt. Pharaoh’s first compromise is Go sacrifice to your God in the land. When people compromise it is because they do not want certain aspects of the will of God to apply to them, so in their pride they offer a compromise to the Lord. People say in affect: “Lord you are in control, but my way is much better than yours so I will propose that I do it my way.” The person who is poor in spirit does not compromise the Word of God because he knows what is best – God’s way!
The LORD does not give into Pharaoh’s request so he continues to negotiate with God: you may sacrifice to the LORD your God in the wilderness; only you shall not go very far away. A movement closer to God’s demands is offered by Pharaoh. But God’s way is total obedience to His Word and nothing less. Again the LORD stays true to His Word and will not accept Pharaoh’s compromise. And the end result is that Pharaoh’s heart grows harder in his disobedience to the command and will of God.
Prayerfully meditate upon the following Old Testament Scriptures on the Word of God and determine in your heart to never compromise the command of the Lord:
- Exodus 9:20-21
- Numbers 24:13
- Deuteronomy 4:2; 8:3; and 30:11-14
- Joshua 21:45
- 2 Samuel 22:31
- 1 Chronicles 10:13
- Psalm 18:30; 33:4; 89:34; 105:8; 119; and 130:5
- Proverbs 30:5
- Isaiah 40:8 and 55:11