“We will go three days’ journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the LORD our God, as he shall command us.” (Ex. 8:27)
When Moses and Aaron petitioned Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go out of the land of bondage in order to sacrifice to the Lord, Pharaoh tried to give them other options instead. His ultimate goal was to prevent their complete deliverance from him. He was violently opposed to their separation from Egypt, even on a temporary basis.
No doubt his objections were masterminded by Satan, himself, who desires to keep every soul in bondage. The first suggestion Pharaoh gave to Moses in (v.25) was “sacrifice to your God in the land.” In other words, “Do what you must, just don’t go too far with it. Stay right here in Egypt.”
Moses, however, was not deceived by this proposal. They had to leave Egypt because Egypt was a type of the world. He knew that separation from the world is the first rule of service. You cannot truly worship God while still living in the world!
So, Moses tells Pharaoh that his suggestion was unacceptable. Moses said, “We will go three days’ journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the LORD our God, as he shall command us.”
What a lesson for us, today. Satan will do whatever is necessary to keep us in the world. He wants us to stay in bondage to our sin. But God has called us to come out of this world and live a separated life unto Him.
A “three days’ journey” would put such a sufficient gap between Israel and Egypt so as to make it plain to anyone who saw them that they had left Egypt behind! Some are content to stay in Egypt. Others are content with only a few miles’
Today, maybe you need to start your three-day get-a-way!