EXODUS 8:25, 28
Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, “Go, sacrifice to your God in the land.”
And 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. ”
During the 12th century, military expeditions were launched to retake the Holy Land from
Muslim conquerors. The crusaders often hired soldiers of fortune to fight alongside them, but
because it was a “holy” war they required these mercenaries to be baptized before fighting.
While meeting this requirement, however, these soldiers-for-hire would hold their weapons out
of the water to indicate that they retained the freedom to do with them whatever they wanted.
They were willing to submit to some things, but not to all.
After several devastating plagues Pharaoh, too, was finally willing to go part way with God. He
gave permission for the Israelites to halt their work and carry out their sacrifices, but they must
only sacrifice “in the land.” Yet this was not what God had commanded. Moses told Pharaoh the
people needed to go “three days'” journey from Egypt (v. 27), but the stubborn ruler insisted that
they “not go very far away.”
Pharaoh had not learned what many Christians also have not learned: when it comes to
obedience, God wants nothing held back. Partial obedience is still disobedience.
Is there an area in your life that you are withholding from God? Does God have the complete
management of your finances? Does He have the total control of your social life? Are you
willing to let Him decide where you live, what career you choose and whom you marry? Either
we obey God completely, in every area of our lives, or we have not obeyed Him at all. Give
yourself to Him, all that you are and all that you have. God always rewards those who abandon
themselves in obedience to Him.
PARTIAL OBEDIENCE IS JUST ANOTHER NAME FOR DISOBEDIENCE.