BIBLE READING: Exodus 11:1-10
KEY BIBLE VERSE: Although Moses and Aaron did these miracles in Pharaoh’s presence, the Lord hardened his heart so he wouldn’t let the Israelites leave the country. (Exodus 11:10)
Hard-heartedness is the result of deliberate rejection of God. Did God really harden Pharaoh’s heart and force him to do wrong?
Before the ten plagues began, Moses and Aaron announced what God would do if Pharaoh didn’t let the people go.
But their message only made Pharaoh stubborn—he was hardening his own heart.
In so doing, he defied both God and his messengers. Through the first six plagues, Pharaoh’s heart grew even more stubborn. After the sixth plague, God passed judgment.
Sooner or later, evil people will be punished for their sins. When it became evident that Pharaoh wouldn’t change, God confirmed Pharaoh’s prideful decision and set the painful consequences of his actions in motion.
God didn’t force Pharaoh to reject him; rather, he gave him every opportunity to change his mind.
In Ezekiel 33:11, God says, “I take no pleasure in the death of wicked people.”
I believe that God is calling the nation to repentance starting with the leaders.