Pharaoh’s hard heart

aaron-staff-turns-to-serpent1Exodus 7:8-13
8 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Perform a miracle,’ then say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh,’ and it will become a snake.”
10 So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the Lord commanded. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake. 11 Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts: 12 Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. 13 Yet Pharaoh’s heart became hard and he would not listen to them, just as the Lord had said.

In a previous post, Guard your heart, we discussed how “Pharaoh hardened his own heart many times before God judged his heart of defiance, obstinance, and rebellion against the God who created him. The Lord withdrew any divine influence to restrain Pharaoh’s determination towards sin and rebellion and allowed his heart to take its natural course.”

It is amazing to see the arrogance of Pharaoh in the above passage. Can you imagine trying to one-up God? Remember the old school ground song, “Punchinella”?

What can you do Punchinella, Punchinello,
What can you do Punchinella from the zoo?

We can do it too, Punchinella, Punchinella,
We can do it too, Punchinella from the zoo.

The Omniscient God was not surprised that this would be Pharaoh’s attitude. The Lord told Moses and Aaron before they went to Pharaoh that the king would ask to see a miracle. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials and it became a snake.

In his own way, Pharaoh responded, “We can do it too” as he called for his wise men, sorcerers and magic men. Sure enough, they were able to do the same thing. One can only imagine the arrogance and pride of Pharaoh as the snakes came forth. Just about the time the smile was half-way across his face, Aaron’s staff swallowed the staffs that belonged to Pharaoh’s men. Instead of Pharaoh surrendering and letting the people go, he hardened his heart and would not listen.

I learn from this that my stubborn refusal to listen to God will cause my heart to harden. My ability to not listen to the Lord without the conviction of His Spirit becomes greater each time I close the ears of my heart to His voice.

The very thought of the Lord not allowing His Spirit to restrain my flesh and selfish bent towards sin and rebellion is enough to make me tremble. So very thankful for heart and mind renewal and transformation rather than His allowing my heart to take its natural course.

The Apostle Paul shared his experience in Romans 7:21-25,”So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Rejoice! Rejoice! There is an answer to this war between the flesh and spirit and His Name is Jesus! He is our deliverer! His Word hidden in our hearts, meditated upon day and night, and His Spirit living and ruling in our hearts will protect our hearts from hardening. In this regard, the Scriptures below are included in my prayers daily. 

Psalm 139
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 25
Show me Your ways, Lord,

    teach me Your paths.
Guide me in Your truth and teach me,
    for You are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in You all day long.

As we know, Pharaoh will learn the hard way, who is God and who is not.
May the Lord help us to live submitted, surrendered and satisfied lives in Jesus!

Have Thine own way Lord
Have Thine own way
Thou art the potter I am the clay
Mold me and make me after Thy will
While I am waiting yielded and still

Have Thine own way Lord
Have Thine own way
Search me and try me Master today
Whiter than snow Lord wash me just now
As in Thy presence humbly I bow

Have Thine own way Lord
Have Thine own way
Hold over my being absolute sway
Filled with Thy spirit till all can see
Christ only always living in me

Psalm 139.23a

To Know Jesus as Lord and Savior

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8 thoughts on “Pharaoh’s hard heart

    1. 🙂 we played as children growing up… we would get in a circle holding hands. One person gets in the middle of the circle and does some kind of silly thing like jump up and down on the foot with both hands raised as “what can you do” is being sung. As “we can do it too,” is being sung, the other children stop holding hands and attempt to do. There’s a couple of verses but a be person

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      1. Thanks for clearing that up! We had our songs, too. Strange… Sometimes they are hard to recall! I guess many of the songs kids sing are local/regional.

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