Eric & Ellie Fox
These chapters recount God speaking to Pharaoh through Moses and Aaron. They were to “tell Pharaoh to send the children of Israel out of his land.” As you know from our reading the Israelites were slaves, suffering at the hands of the Egyptians. God let Moses & Aaron know right away; Pharoah will not heed your warnings, in fact “I will harden Pharaoh’s heart.” What ensues is a plethora of plagues, signs and wonders. We see Moses and Aaron doing “just as the Lord commanded them” over and over again. We see them go to Pharaoh; tell him to let the people go, performing a plague, Pharaoh hardening his heart, then he cries uncle but as soon as God relents, Pharaoh harden’s his heart again. More of this on repeat…
What is one key verse?
“And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt.”Exodus 7:3
We had to go there; feeling like it’s the elephant in the room. What can we learn from this repetitive example of Pharaoh hardening his heart? As disciples/christians we like to separate ourselves from Pharaoh; he was on the other side, right … but as we read these chapters it sounded a lot like us; humans, christian, non-christian alike. Hardening our hearts; putting up walls, refusing help, closing off our hearts, relenting only to harden our hearts again. We have a choice; allowing our heart to grow hard or choosing to allow God to move in our heart. This is not a one time choice but repeats throughout our walk with Jesus.
How does what you read change your vision of God?
He is the Lord and will always perform signs and wonders, we must look for them. We want to go after opportunities to see God at work and let that soften our heart to His will.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
We are reminded that following Jesus is not a “one and done” decision.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
First up praying for God to open our eyes to His signs and wonders, secondly taking the time to let those moments or opportunities make an impact on our hearts and open our hearts wide.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)
Responding to Jesus takes a soft heart. Acts 2:37 “…they were cut to the heart…”