And Pharaoh called to Moses, and said, Go you, serve the LORD; only let your flocks and your herds be stayed…
I. The teaching is that NOT A PART, BUT THE WHOLE, OF OUR POSSESSIONS MUST GO OUT OF EGYPT WITH US. "There shall not an hoof be left behind." Is that so with you? Are you conscious that all your possessions are solemnly consecrated to the Lord, withdrawn from all Egyptian unrighteousness and sinful self-indulgence? Or are you using your wealth as any other worldly man might use it?
II. Notice, THAT IT IS MORE THAN TAKING WEALTH ON TO RELIGIOUS GROUND. It is distinctly taking it out for the purpose of serving the Lord. Not that the Lord is to have a portion; but that it is all held at His call, for, says Moses, "We know not with what we must serve the Lord." It may be that He will want few, it may be that He will want many sacrifices. We must hold all subject to His call. This is a high standard to hold up before us; but it is without question the true one. I do not believe God grudges to His children any comfort which may be had out of wealth honestly and righteously won from the world; but without doubt the Lord does insist that the necessities of His service must first be met, before we can indulge ourselves. How far we must allow ourselves to go in self-provision is a question that can be easily settled by the man or woman who is honestly out-and-out — spirit, soul, body, and property — for the Lord.
(G. F. Pentecost, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And Pharaoh called unto Moses, and said, Go ye, serve the LORD; only let your flocks and your herds be stayed: let your little ones also go with you.