God Hardens Pharaoh’s Heart The Second Time

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Power

The Lord told Moses that He was going to let his brother Aaron speak to the king for him (v. 1). He instructed Moses to relate to Aaron everything He wanted told to the king concerning letting His people go (v. 2). However He said He will make the king so stubborn he won’t listen no matter how many terrible things he does to him and his nation (vv. 3-4). Finally He will bring such great judgment on Egypt and the king he will let Israel’s families go. When this happens the Egyptians will know that He is Lord (v. 5). Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord commanded them (v. 6). At the time all of this took place Moses was eighty years old and Aaron was eighty-three (v. 7).

The Lord told Moses that when the king asks them to perform a miracle he needs to instruct Aaron to cast his walking stick down in front of the king and it will turn into a snake (vv. 8-9). Moses and Aaron went before the king and his servants and did exactly as the Lord had commanded (v. 10). When Aaron did as the Lord instructed his cane turned into a snake just as the Lord said it would. Then the king called in his wise men and the magicians who used their secret powers to do the same thing (vv. 11-12). This only illustrates the fact that we must not underestimate the mighty powers which the devil has at his disposal. But Aaron’s snake swallowed up the sorcerers snakes which made it apparent that the power of Moses was superior. The king behaved just as the Lord said and stubbornly refused to listen (v. 13).

Application

I must never underestimate the power of Satan and think that I can handle him in my own strength. However I can always be sure that God is more powerful than Satan and can handle him.

Exodus 7:1-13 (English Standard Version)

And the LORD said to Moses, "See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet. You shall speak all that I command you, and your brother Aaron shall tell Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go out of his land. But I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, Pharaoh will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and bring my hosts, my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great acts of judgment. The Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring out the people of Israel from among them." Moses and Aaron did so; they did just as the LORD commanded them. Now Moses was eighty years old, and Aaron eighty-three years old, when they spoke to Pharaoh. Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "When Pharaoh says to you, 'Prove yourselves by working a miracle,' then you shall say to Aaron, 'Take your staff and cast it down before Pharaoh, that it may become a serpent.'" So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the LORD commanded. Aaron cast down his staff before Pharaoh and his servants, and it became a serpent. Then Pharaoh summoned the wise men and the sorcerers, and they, the magicians of Egypt, also did the same by their secret arts. For each man cast down his staff, and they became serpents. But Aaron's staff swallowed up their staffs. Still Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the LORD had said.

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