COMPROMISE DID NOT WORK IN PHAROAH’S DAY
AND NEITHER WILL IT IN OUR DAY.


  1. INTRODUCTION:

    1. SCRIPTURE READING:
      1. Deuteronomy 4:2 "Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish from it, that ye may keep the commandments of Jehovah your God which I command you." …….. Deuteronomy 12:32  "What things so ever I command you, that shall ye observe to do: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it."
      2. Revelation 22:18-19 "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of the prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."

    2. DEFINITION OF COMPROMISE:

      1. WEBSTER: "To adjust and settle by mutual concessions; to settle by compromise; a blending of two different things."
      2. There is no place found for the word in connection with what God has stated:

        1. Where God has bound, we cannot loose or compromise.
        2. Where God has loosed, we may make determinations within the area God has loosed: EXAMPLES:

          1. "Sing" in Ephesians 5:19, is specific as we are told how.
          2. When we come before the Father, it must specifically (that is only) be through Christ (John 14:6).
          3. The Lord said that we are to "go" (generally) into the world. He did not specify the how, so we may use what ever means of transportation is available.
          4. We are specifically told to worship and on a certain day.  But the time may be determined by the people on that specific day.

  2. DISCUSSION:

    1. JACOB AND HIS FAMILY WENT INTO EGYPT DUE TO A FAMINE IN THE LAND.

      1. Seventy person (Exodus 1:5) went in; 600,000 men came out (Exodus 12:37); this was 430 years later (Exodus 12:40).
      2. Moses was sent by Jehovah to deliver them (Exodus 3:10).
      3. Jehovah said for Moses and the elders of the people to go to Pharaoh asking to go "Three day’s journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God" (Exodus 3:18).
      4. Pharaoh refuses and ten plagues were brought upon the land (Exodus chapters 7-11): Blood; Frogs; Lice, Flies; Murrain of the cattle; Boils; Hail and Fire; Locust; Darkness; and Death of firstborn.

    2. PHARAOH SEEKS TO MAKE FOUR COMPROMISES WITH ISRAEL.

      1. Worship here in the land of Egypt. (Exodus 8:25) "Go ye, sacrifice to your God in the land."

        1. Any place was all right according to Pharaoh .
        2. This was not what Jehovah had commanded. Exodus 8:27 "We will go three days’ journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to Jehovah our God, as he shall command us."

      2. Do not go very far. (Exodus 8:28) "And Pharaoh said, I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice to Jehovah your God in the wilderness; only ye shall not go very far away: entreat for me."

        1. Stay close to the border of Egypt.
        2. A little religion will not hurt he was thinking.
        3. This again was not what Jehovah had commanded.

      3. He would let only the men go. (Exodus 10:11) "Go now ye that are men, and serve Jehovah; for that is what ye desire."

        1. It wasn’t necessary for the women and children to go.
        2. He knew that they would come back to be with their families.
        3. God wants the whole family. (Exodus 10:9) "Moses said, we will go with our young and with our old; with our sons and with our daughters, with our flocks and with our hers will we go; for we must hold a feast unto Jehovah."

      4. Leave your flocks and herds behind. (Exodus 10:24) "Pharaoh called unto Moses, and said, go ye, serve Jehovah; only let your flocks and your herds be stayed: let your little ones also go with you."

        1. Where treasure or wealth is, there the heart will be also (Matthew 6:21) "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
        2. One’s possessions have always yield great influence to draw a person back to them:

          1. The Rich young man in Matthew 19:20-23, was told to sell what he had, "He went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions."
          2. We must be willing to part with worldly possessions to inherit everlasting life. (Matthew 19:29) "And everyone that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life."
          3. Demas in II Timothy 4:10, Paul said "…hath forsaken me, having loved this present world,…"

        3. Moses said to Pharaoh (Exodus 10:26) "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."

    3. MOSES AND PHARAOH MEET NO MORE:

      1. Pharaoh said to Moses: (Exodus 10:28) "Get thee from me, take heed to thyself, see my face no more; for in the day thou seest my face thou shalt die."
      2. Moses replied to Pharaoh: (Exodus 10:29) "Thou hast spoken well; I will see thy face again no more."
      3. Preparation for the last plague death of the first born. Obedience to Jehovah’s commands regarding the blood put on door posts and lintel saved first born of children of Israel (Exodus 12:5-13) (v.13) "When I see the blood, I will pass over you."
      4. Pharaoh’s Egyptian army destroyed at Red Sea. (Exodus 14:28) "The waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, even all the host of Pharaoh that went in after them into the sea; there remained no so much ass one of them."

  3. CONCLUSION:

    1. WHAT ABOUT US TODAY?

      1. Are we trying to make compromises with God?
      2. Partial obedience will not be accepted by God (Revelation 3:15-16).

    2. CHRIST HAS PLAINLY SAID: "…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6).

    3. COMPROMISES GOD WILL NOT ACCEPT. IT WILL BE SALVATION ON HIS TERMS ALONE.

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