“…even we do not know with what we must serve the Lord until we arrive there.”
– Exodus 10:26
The plague that God brought upon Pharaoh had nearly destroyed everything in Egypt. And when there was complete darkness over the land, “darkness which may even be felt,” Pharaoh called for Moses and asked that he would pray and ask God to take away the plagues, as he had done before.
Moses had told Pharaoh that everything belonging to the Hebrew Nation must go with them, including their flocks and herds. Pharaoh was trying to keep the animals to replace the ones that he had lost due to his stubbornness and hardness of heart. But, Moses was commanded by God to bring everything and would not compromise.
Moses knew God wanted the animals for sacrifice to Him, but Moses did not know how many the Lord God would request or how He would have the people do it. They only knew they had to go out of the land and serve the Lord. And, so it is with our souls.
When we accept Christ into our lives as Lord and Savior, we willingly give our souls over to Him. Like Pharaoh with the Hebrews, Satan, and spirit of this world do not let us go quickly. This is why we must turn everything over to the Lord without compromise!
The “Olah” or “Chalil” was the burnt offering required by God. As every piece and every part was laid upon the heated altar, it was wholly burnt up to God. It was surrendered up to Him. The burnt offering was to symbolize the entire self-surrender of our lives unto the Lord. And as they gave this offering in the morning and evening, we must submit to the Lord our will and plans daily to Him.
Like Moses, we do not always know what God will require from our lives from one moment to the next, we just know He has called us to follow Him and trust Him. We can believe that He will lead us!
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, on account of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”
– Romans 12:1