The next two questions are a bit similar , I wanted to merge them together but finally decided against it.
This post addresses the earlier question about why Pharaoh’s heart was hardened and he had to perish when it was recorded that God hardened his heart.
I think I was particularly curious about getting an answer to this question because it felt as though God chose some over the other,like these ones were created to be scapegoats that the future generation would learn from and as I probed further, I began to understand.
Romans 9:17 For the scripture says to Pharoah I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.
Indeed, the sole purpose was to promote the Glory of God and if you study the story of how the Isrealites were rescued from Egypt, it all ends with praising the majestic wonders of God. But somehow, it didn’t sound right to me , so I went back to the beginning of the story . It was obvious that Pharoah was a hard man, he kept and tortured the Isrealites [God’s precious seeds], for many years he did that and it hit me that already he was a tough person and that wasn’t God working in him to do evil. When the Bible says God hardened Pharaoh’s heart, It seemed to me that his heart was already hardened and if you remember the last post I wrote about the choices we make, it appears that Pharoah made a choice here to do evil.
1Samuel 6:6 Wherefore then do you harden your hearts, as the Egyptians and Pharoah hardened their heart?
The ten plagues still remain one of my favorite childhood stories of the Bible and it showed the omnipotent Power of God. Initially Moses had to ask Pharoah, Let my people go and each time there was a warning about what would eventually happen and still he wouldn’t bulge. The people had been suffering and in their grief they cried out to God, just like many of us are asking God daily to remove the groaning and it was recorded that God understood
Exodus 2: 24-25 God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. So God looked on the Isrealites and was concerned about them.
All these years it seemed God had waited patiently for Pharaoh’s heart to soften towards his people, but he wasn’t going to let his people suffer anymore, he was going to do everything possible to deliver them and bring Glory to his name. God showed mercy time and time again .
God still wants the best for his children and even when we go in the wrong path, he wants to draw us back to him but it’s our sin that separates us from God.God is not unjust and he is all powerful so he has the right to say I will have mercy upon whom I would have mercy on…