“Then the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. For if thou refuse to let them go, and wilt hold them still, Behold, the hand of the LORD is upon thy cattle which is in the field, upon the horses, upon the asses, upon the camels, upon the oxen, and upon the sheep: there shall be a very grievous murrain” (Exodus 9:1-3).
Today’s Morsel: Most of us that have been around the church for any length of time have heard the story of the ten plagues that God performed through Moses against Pharaoh and the Egyptians. Many people have asked why God hardened Pharaoh's heart. The term hardened Pharaoh heart meant that Pharaoh would become stubborn and not obey God. When a person’s heart is hardened, they don’t listen to what you are telling them to do. They have already made up their mind and aren't willing to change no matter what someone tries to tell them or show them. One would think that after seeing the other plagues that God had done, Pharaoh would have relented and let Israel go. But after each plague, he become harder and harder in his mind and we see the end-state. In writing to the church, Paul instructs us: “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it” (Hebrews 4:2). Pharaoh did not believe, and it cost him. Let's not harden our hearts when we hear God’s word that He send us from the preacher, or we too can be plagued and not profit.
Sing: What a Mighty God we serve. What a Mighty God we serve. Angels bow before Him, heaven and earth adore Him. What a Mighty God we serve.
Thought For Today: Obedience is always better than sacrifice.