Then Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron, and said to them, “I have sinned this time; the LORD is the righteous one, and I and my people are the wicked ones. Make supplication to the LORD, for there has been enough thunder and hail; and I will let you go, and you shall stay no longer.”
But when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunder had ceased, he sinned again and hardened his heart, he and his servants. Pharaoh’s heart was hardened and he did not let the sons of Israel go, just as the LORD had spoken through Moses. (Exodus 9:27-28, 34-35; NASB, emphasis added)
Pharaoh’s servants said to him, “How long will this man be a snare to us? Let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their God. Do you not realize that Egypt is destroyed?”
So Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh, and he said to them, “Go, serve the LORD your God! Who are the ones that are going?”
Moses said, “We shall go with our young and our old; with our sons and our daughters, with our flocks and our herds we shall go, for we must hold a feast to the LORD.”
Then he said to them, “Thus may the LORD be with you, if ever I let you and your little ones go! Take heed, for evil is in your mind. Not so! Go now, the men among you, and serve the LORD, for that is what you desire.” So they were driven out from Pharaoh’s presence. (Exodus 10:7-11; NASB, emphasis added)
Then Pharaoh called to Moses, and said, “Go, serve the LORD; only let your flocks and your herds be detained. Even your little ones may go with you.”
But Moses said, “You must also let us have sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice them to the LORD our God. Therefore our livestock too shall go with us; not a hoof shall be left behind, for we shall take some of them to serve the LORD our God. And until we arrive there, we ourselves do not know with what we shall serve the LORD.”
But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he was not willing to let them go. Then Pharaoh said to him, “Get away from me! Beware, do not see my face again, for in the day you see my face you shall die!” (Exodus 10:24-28; NASB, emphasis added)
I will let you go, and you shall stay no longer. Pharaoh continues to try and compromise with the Word of the LORD, and even starts to tell straight out lies. Why is it that people think they can tell the One who knows everything a lie (1 John 3:20)? In the deal making process Pharaoh starts to be underhanded in his dealings with Moses as these passages portray, and yet he also tried to strike a bargain with God using partial truths. That is not how it works – there is no compromise with the LORD because it is not in His Person. We don’t try to meet Him halfway because any way other than God’s way is wrong. The poor in spirit can shoot straight with the Lord God because that is how He deals with us. There are no hidden agendas with the LORD.
Go now, the men among you, and serve the LORD, for that is what you desire. Pharaoh now tells Moses that he is a liar. It is just like the worldly person to protect himself by calling someone else the liar. Moses has made it clear in each discussion with Pharaoh that that all of the children of Israel were to leave Egypt. The person who is not poor in spirit, because of his pride, will project a lie upon others to cover his sin in order to make himself appear better than he is.
Go, serve the LORD; only let your flocks and your herds be detained. Pharaoh once and again enters into a negotiation to compromise the Word of the LORD. God does not compromise and neither does the person who is poor in spirit.
And he was not willing to let them go. Once again Pharaoh shows his character – he is a liar (and his pants one day will be on fire).
Prayerfully meditate upon the following New Testament Scriptures on the Word of God and determine in your heart to never compromise the command of the Lord:
Matthew 13:23; Luke 4:32 and 11:28; John 1:1-14; 5:24, 38; 8:31, 51-55; 14:23-24; and 17:17; Acts 19:20; Romans 10:17; Ephesians 1: 13 and 6:17; Philippians 2:16; Colossians 3:16-17; 2 Timothy 2:15 and 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; James 1:21-23; 1 Peter 1:25 and 2:1