01/22/20: Exodus 7-9; Matthew 15
Exodus 7: 13 Yet Pharaoh’s heart became hard and he would not listen to them, just as the Lord had said. — 22 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.
Exodus 8: 15 But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said. — 19 the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” But Pharaoh’s heart was hard and he would not listen, just as the Lord had said.
We see this expression appear multiple times in Exodus Chapters 7-9 (and will see it again as we read further.) A questions that I ask is “How could Pharaoh be so resistant to God’s will after all the plagues his nation had experienced?”
And then I think we can reflect on our own lives. Is there an action, a behavior, an attitude, or an addiction that we do not stop – even knowing that we are deliberately defying what we know is the will of God for our lives? We are truly blessed with the mercy of forgiveness but forgiveness requires “repentance” and repentance requires that we “turn our backs” on our sin and walk away. If not, like Pharaoh, our hearts can “become hard.”