Read Exodus 10:1-29
I imagine Moses and Aaron were getting tired of the same old story . . .
God: Pharaoh, let my people go.
God: Then, I will bring down.
Pharaoh: Well, all right, they can go.
Pharaoh: But not really.
It had to be amazing for Moses and Aaron to see God’s hand clearly working on their behalf. It must have been awesome to hear God’s Word and then deliver it themselves. But when was God finally going to break Pharaoh’s heart and lead them into the land He promised?
The Bible says the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh. But why? Why didn’t He just soften it and let His people go like He said He would? Why all the drama?
It’s the same kind of thinking that got the Israelites into trouble just hours after marching through Red Sea walls. The grumbling kind of thinking that accuses God of not having our best in mind.
God was all about showing His mighty power to everyone in Egypt as well as to the children of Israel. And He had a plan all along. Pharaoh’s hardened heart and all that wavering only served to show off God’s strength even more.
“. . . I could have put out my hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, and you would have been cut off from the earth. But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth” (9:15-16).
See, God was in charge, and Pharaoh was in denial.
Pharaoh thought he could strike a deal with the One whose hand formed his heart, the One whose Word spoke deliverance for His children. Pharaoh didn’t want to admit that the God of Abraham and Isaac and all the Israelite slaves held all power and strength. His pride kept him from fearing and believing and turning.
Even so, God was in charge. And he remains sovereign today. Whether we choose to believe it or not. We might not like some details of His plan for our lives. But the truth is Almighty God is sovereign. Almighty God is good.
The God that would deliver Israel from the horrible hand of Pharaoh is the same God who worked every detail for your freedom and for mine when He sent Jesus Christ to earth for the sole purpose of our freedom.