“Our livestock also must go with us; not a hoof shall be left behind” (v26). At first, Pharaoh permitted only the Israelite men to go into the wilderness to worship. However, Moses insisted that their wives and children accompany them, and their livestock and possessions as well. Moses knew that their deliverance was all-or-nothing; anything left behind in Egypt would either be lost forever or would entice the Israelites back. If their Israelites were truly going to be set free, no compromise was possible.
“Let my people go, that they may serve me” (v3). If we want to serve God whole-heartedly, we must be willing to turn our backs on everything that might enslave us.