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,
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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