COMPROMISING THE NATION
AND THE FAMILY
EXOD... 8:25-28;  10:7-11, 24-27
EXOD. 8:25-28    And Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron and said, "Go,  sacrifice to your God within the land."  26 But Moses said, "It is not right to do so, for we shall sacrifice to the \Lord\ our God what is an abomination to the Egyptians.   If we sacrifice what is an abomination to the Egyptians before their eyes,   will they not then stone us?    27 "We must go a three days' journey into the wilderness and sacrifice to the \Lord\ our God as He commands us."  28 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. Make supplication for me."

EXOD. 10:7-11   7   And 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?"   8 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?"   9 And Moses said, "We shall go with our young and our old; with
our sons and our daughters, with our flocks and our herds we will go, for we must hold a feast to the \Lord.\"   10 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.    11 "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.
 
EXOD. 10:24-27    24  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."   25 But Moses said, "You must also let us have sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice {them} to the \Lord\ our God.
26 "Therefore, our livestock, too, will go with us; not a hoof will 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.\"    27 But the \Lord\ hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he was not  willing to let them go.
 

INTRODUCTION:
Today the world presents many possible compromises for the Christian.  Some think these compromises are new but they represent some of Satan's oldest tricks. If a Christian accepts these compromises they will  compromise their nation and their family.
 
 

I.    COMPROMISING THE . .
PLACE OF WORSHIP. Ex. 8:25-27  
EXPLANATION:
EXOD. 8:25-27    And Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron and said, "Go,  sacrifice to your God within the land."  26 But Moses said, "It is not right to do so, for we shall sacrifice to the \Lord\ our God what is an abomination to the Egyptians.   If we sacrifice what is an abomination to the Egyptians before their eyes,   will they not then stone us?    27 "We must go a three days' journey into the wilderness and sacrifice to the \Lord\ our God as He commands us."
 

A.    God had instructed Moses how and where to worship.
        1.    These represented a compromise.
 

B. Dangers of worship in the midst of pagan people.
        1. They will ridicule you and make fun of your worship.
        2. It will be difficult to have laws that protect your worship.
        3. People will hesitate to admit their needs in the midst of pagans.
 

ILLUSTRATION:
D.L. Moody was told the audience had a habit of getting up through  the message and leaving. He said I'll stop that. Announced he was preaching to sinners and saints. After awhile he said that's the end of my remarks to the sinners so you may get up and leave anytime you want.  No one left until he finished the sermon.
 

APPLICATION:

Go worship. But do not worship where God tells you to worship?
 
 
 

II.    COMPROMISING THE . .
PENETRATION OF WORSHIP. Ex. 8:28  
EXPLANATION:

EXOD. 8:28 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. Make supplication for me."

A.    This seems like an all right suggestion. Go but do not go very far away.
            Do not let your worship penetrate your life style.

        1. Worship without depth makes a difference in your Nation and Family.
                a. Barna Says
                    1) Proclaim one thing and live another.
                    2) Bible is meaningful but their are no absolutes.
                    3) 47% see Christianity as relevant; 23% see the church relevant.
                    4) 66% say it doesn't matter what god you pray too.
                    5) composite religion is okay. Make one from several.
 

B.    THE DANGER OF WORSHIP THAT DOES NOT PENITRATE DEEP
        INTO THE HEART.

            1.    IT IS TOO WORLDLY. DID NOT GO FAR ENOUGH AWAY
                    FROM THE WORLD.
 

ILLUSTRATION:
Benjamin Franklin as a boy traded a toy for another but then heard a boy blowing a whistle. He traded his new toy and six pennies for that whistle.   He then found out he paid much too much for the whistle. He coined a phrase for the rest of his life "they paid too much for their whistle".
 

APPLICATION:

Where are your Children Today?

Where will they be Ten years from now if they follow in your foot steps?

Some Say  "I just can not make my teen ager do this or that."   You never really taught them to obey. You never broke their will to be submissive to your will.
 
 
 

III.    COMPROMISING THE . .
PEOPLE OF WORSHIP. Ex. 10:7-11   
EXPLANATION:
EXOD. 10:7-11    And 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?"   8 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?"   9 And Moses said, "We shall go with our young and our old; with
our sons and our daughters, with our flocks and our herds we will go, for we must hold a feast to the \Lord.\"   10 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.    11 "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.
 

A.    Today less time spent by parents actually rearing their children.
            1. Only 3% of mothers at home.
            2. Average Father spends 15 minutes of meaningful time with children.
            3. Average Mother spends 50 minutes of meaningful time with children.
            4. 40% of babies born are to an unwed mother. Mountain View perhaps as
                    high as 25%.
                 a. A Mother said If I could get somebody to go with me I would go to
                        the male stripper show. Daughter pregnant in a wedding dress

ILLUSTRATION:
Little boy not wanting a bath. Mother said I must get you clean.   Boy said can't you just dust me off?
 

APPLICATION:

Some seem to just want a dusting off rather than a cleansing from sin.
 
 
 
 

IV.    COMPROMISING THE . .
POSSESSIONS OF WORSHIP. Ex. 10:24-27  
EXPLANATION:
EXOD. 10:24-27    24  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."   25 But Moses said, "You must also let us have sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice {them} to the \Lord\ our God.
26 "Therefore, our livestock, too, will go with us; not a hoof will 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.\"    27 But the \Lord\ hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he was not  willing to let them go.
 
 
A.     Pharaoah wanted the people to leave their possession behind when they
             worshiped
 

B.    Moses refused to leave without the Possesions God had given.
        1.    They were and are necessary for proper worship.
 
 
ILLUSTRATION:
Do you remember this story in the life of David?    2 Sam 24:22-25    22 And Araunah said to David, "Let my lord the king take and offer up what is good in his sight. Look, the oxen for the burnt offering, the threshing sledges and the yokes of the oxen for the wood.  23 "Everything, O king, Araunah gives to the king." And Araunah said to the king, "May the LORD your God accept you."
24 However, the king said to Araunah, "No, but I will surely buy {it} from you for a price, for I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God which cost me nothing." So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.   25 And David built there an altar to the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. Thus the LORD was moved by entreaty for the land, and the plague was held back from Israel.  (NAS)
 

APPLICATION:

David knew the pocket book should be involved in worship.
 
 

 
CONCLUSION:
 

I. COMPROMISING THE PLACE OF WORSHIP. 8:25-27
 

II. COMPROMISING THE PENETRATION OF WORSHIP. 8:28
 

III. COMPROMISING THE PEOPLE OF WORSHIP. 10:7-11
 
 
IV. COMPROMISING THE POSSESSIONS OF WORSHIP. 10:24-27
 
 

 
 
 
 
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