Exodus 7:1,3,4,7,10-13,20 Then the LORD said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet… But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my miraculous signs and wonders in Egypt, he will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and with mighty acts of judgment I will bring out my divisions, my people the Israelites… Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh… So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the LORD commanded. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake. Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts: Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. Yet Pharaoh’s heart became hard and he would not listen to them, just as the LORD had said… Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD had commanded. He raised his staff in the presence of Pharaoh and his officials and struck the water of the Nile, and all the water was changed into blood. The fish in the Nile died, and the river smelled so bad that the Egyptians could not drink its water. Blood was everywhere in Egypt. But the Egyptian magicians did the same things by their secret arts, and Pharaoh’s heart became hard; he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the LORD had said.

God eventually does get across to Moses and Aaron and gets them to follow his direction. Not sure about your thoughts but I keep wondering why God would harden Pharaoh’s heart and make the situation harder for the Israelites?

Something interesting that I found here was to note that Aaron was Moses’ older brother, yet he was willing to play 2nd fiddle to Moses’ lead! Culturally, that is not a done thing but in God’s culture, the paradigms of this world just don’t fit!

God revealed to Moses that He would use him and his brother Aaron to represent God so that Pharaoh would be able to relate to them. God also revealed how He would harden Pharaoh’s heart and that’s like putting on an exercise program on your treadmill that is impossible to achieve and asking a first-timer to the treadmill to go for it!

In verses 4 and 5, God says to Moses, ‘I will lay my hand on Egypt and with mighty acts of judgment I will bring out my divisions, my people the Israelites. And the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it.’

God reveals to Moses and to us the purpose of His hardening Pharaoh’s heart. Clearly the Egyptians were consumed by their God’s and rituals and their hearts were so hardened that they could not see beyond themselves.

Through the mighty acts of God, the Egyptians would wake up to the reality of who God really is and what His desires are for His people.

I was asked many months ago by a dear friend why God would create this horrid situation where many loose lives and an entire nation is put through such grief. At that point, I was unable to answer as well because I did not see the entire context but now it seems a lot clearer to me.

God is not a genie in a bottle that we can use as a ‘get out of jail’ card when in a hard place. Clearly God has an agenda for us and His eyes see beyond our mere situations and His will is to glorify Himself.

We have 2 simple choices to make. Submit and Obey or live as our own Gods. When we submit to God and are willing to obey Him, He will bring us through for His glory and the outcome is beyond our wildest dreams.

When we chose our own path instead of God’s, we live with the consequence of that choice and are open end up getting blindsided by the unknown and living in fear of death and destruction.

Two powerful miracles take place and Pharaoh is unable to see God’s hand at work. How many would it take before you open your eyes to the Lord or do you want to hold on to your golden thrones and chariots and die in the deep seas of God’s judgment?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Titus 1:15-16 To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.

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Comments
  1. Ann says:

    Thanks, Vineet,

    “Two powerful miracles take place and Pharaoh is unable to see God’s hand at work. How many would it take before you open your eyes to the Lord or do you want to hold on to your golden thrones and chariots and die in the deep seas of God’s judgment?”
    Loren’s also had a great post on the topic of hardening Pharoah’s heart. There is so much tied up in this area. So much about our attitudes toward God and how we learn from the events He allows.

    It’s easy to sing “I Surrender All” but when the pressure comes, that’s when we know for sure how ‘surrendered’ we are!

    Thanks for sharing, Vineet. Praying our surrender will be genuine.
    Blessings,
    ann

    P.S. “Not sure about your thoughts but I keep wondering why God would harden Pharaoh’s heart and make the situation harder for the Israelites?”Not sure about your thoughts but I keep wondering why God would harden Pharaoh’s heart and make the situation harder for the Israelites?” … Vineet – this is a question for a whole new discussion. 🙂 … can’t say I’ve ever thought of this before… Still thinking! 🙂

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Ann,

      Thank you for your comments which are so well researched and presented. I like the way you disect my posts and pick specific points that I miss even though I’ve written them. For starters, it’s probably because the words were not mine but inspired by the Holy Spirit and also because I seldom read my posts after I write them 😦

      The hardening of Pharaoh’s heart is a big question because it leads to even more difficult questions about whether God is evil or capable of evil, etc. The issue with our thinking is that we like to judge based on what we think, feel or sense. This causes us to be opinionated and judgmental, not the greatest qualities in any relationship.

      The reality of life is that everything around us seems to work in its own ways. The air we breathe is produced without our effort although we do a great job of polluting it, life and death seems to be beyond us no matter how intelligent our medical science progress, earthquakes, typhoons, floods, droughts, etc. are all proof that we live as mere spectators rather than creators or controllers.

      It is easy to get lost in the details but it is clear that everything is created and there is the hand of the creator in everything. This creator creates as He pleases and destroys as He pleases and we are called to worshp Him. The core purpose of life is to worship its creator and when we consider God in this light, we realize that the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart, the parting of the seas, the destruction of man and everything outside of our control is God’s way of getting our attention.

      James wisely states in James 4:14 ‘Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.’ That is true of our lives and therefore instead of fighting God, we are called to submit to God and instead of understanding God’s mind which is far beyond us, we are called to learn from God what He seeks to teach us.

      Sorry for the long drawn response and I’ll quit now…

      In Christ,
      Vineet

  2. Debbie says:

    God bless you, Vineet. I find myself now asking . .. how much does He have to do beyond what He already has, in order for me to trust Him completely today and tomorrow and forever? The answer should be . . .not a thing. He has done miracles enough in my life to last me a lifetime!
    Have a friend going through a hard time, and it’s hard not to ask God why . . .why does it have to be even harder for her? So thank you for helping me get myself more submitted to this great God, who knows what He is doing.
    God bless you and yours as you submit to Him!

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Deb,

      Your friend’s situation certanly sounds like a hard place to be at and your support must feel like a warm blanket of love to her. I know how challenging it must be to provide your friend words of comfort when there is little hope in the horizon. I am in a similar situation with a few friends and I know from experience that being there with them, praying for them and loving them is what we are called to do and I gladly do so.

      God works in His own time and ways that are beyond us just like in this instance in the life of Moses and Aaron, God has an agenda and works at many layers to fix issues and therefore the blessing is significantly more than we asked for. Praying that God’s grace will be sufficient for you and keep you loving and supporting your friend in her challenging situation.

      In Christ,
      Vineet

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