Exodus 7:1-13; Hebrews 3:12-14
Exodus 7:13(NIV): Yet Pharaoh’s heart became hard, and he would not listen to them, just as the Lord had said.
Did God harden Pharaoh’s heart? V3
God sees the end from the beginning. Pharaoh hardened his own heart 5 times in response to the first 5 plagues, and then God allowed free will to prevail.
2 Peter 3:9(NIV): “It is not God’s will that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
Romans 1:18-27 “Ignoring God leads to a downward spiral.” (The Message)
A hard heart is:
· Proud - Exodus 5:1-2, Hebrews 3:12-13
· Not listening - Exodus 7:13, James 1:22
· Hurts others - Exodus 12:29-32
· Ultimately Crushed - Exodus 14:27-28, Romans 6:23
Is your heart hard? Sometimes we don’t even realise.
Psalm 139:23-24: “Search me, O God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Let’s ask God to give us soft, teachable, and open hearts.
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Exodus 3:11-12(NIV): But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain. ”
Exodus 1:6-14, 1:22, 2:1-10, 2:23-25
Exodus 2:24-25(NIV): God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.
Israel was suffering terribly at the hands of the Egyptians. God saw their plight and prepared a plan for their deliverance. God:
· Cared: Exodus 1:22, 2:23-25, 1 Peter 5:7
Genesis 41:1-16, 25-40
Genesis 50:20(NIV) "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives."
It was 13 years from the time Joseph was sold as a slave to when he became Prime Minister of Egypt. He was no longer a pretentious young upstart. God had refined Joseph’s character to the point...
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