And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,…
I. HE WANTED TO SERVE TWO MASTERS. These were the same as the Lord in after days designated God and mammon. He wanted not to offend either; to please both. He was like Issachar crouching between two burdens. Such is the certain failure of all who make the like attempt.
II. HE WANTED TO EARN TWO KINDS OF WAGES. The wages of righteousness and the wages of unrighteousness (2 Peter 2:15), were both in his eyes; he would fain have the pay both of God and of the devil. He was unwilling to do or say anything which would deprive him of either. He was as cautious and cunning as he was covetous.
III. HE WANTED TO DO TWO OPPOSITE THINGS AT THE SAME TIME. He wished both to bless and to curse. He was willing to do either according as it might serve his interests. The only question with him was, "Would it pay?"
IV. HE WANTED TWO KINDS OF FRIENDSHIP.
V. HE WANTED TO HAVE TWO RELIGIONS. He saw religion to be a paying concern, a profitable trade, and he was willing to accept it from anybody or everybody, to adopt it from any quarter if it would but raise him in the world, and make his fortune. But this double service, and double friendship, and double religion, would not do. He would make nothing by them. They profited him nothing either in this life or that to come. His end was with the ungodly, his portion with the enemies of Israel. And his soul, where could it be? Not with Israel's God, or Israel's Christ, or in Israel's heaven. He reaped what he sowed. He was a good specimen of multitudes in these last days. They want as much religion as will save them from hell ; not an atom more. The world is their real god; gold is their idol; it is in mammon's temple that they worship. Look to thy latter end. What it is to be? Where is it to be? With whom is it to be? Anticipate thy eternity. Is it to be darkness or light, shame or glory?
(H. Bonar, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,