Scripture: Exodus 10:7 Pharaoh’s officials said to him, “How long shall this fellow be a snare to us? Let the people go, so that they may worship the Lord their God; do you not yet understand that Egypt is ruined?” 8 So Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh, and he said to them, “Go, worship the Lord your God! But which ones are to go?” 9 Moses said, “We will go with our young and our old; we will go with our sons and daughters and with our flocks and herds, because we have the Lord’s festival to celebrate.” 10 He said to them, “The Lord indeed will be with you, if ever I let your little ones go with you! Plainly, you have some evil purpose in mind. 11 No, never! Your men may go and worship the Lord, for that is what you are asking.” And they were driven out from Pharaoh’s presence.
Observation: Pharaoh’s stubbornness in refusing to let God’s people go seems absurd at this point. Egypt had been devastated. Pharaoh’s officials said he should relent. But, as is repeatedly indicated, Pharaoh’s heart was been hardened by God. Thus, the refusals continued – with more dire consequences.
Application: While I shake my head as I read about Pharaoh in this story, truth is I see a bit of myself in Pharaoh. I don’t know about you, but I can be surprisingly stubborn at times. I know the way I should go, but choose differently anyway. Reminds me of a verse in Romans 7, “15 I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” And while this happens much less than was so when I was a younger man, it still happens. I need to be set free from myself. I trust many of you understand where I’m coming from. Let’s pray.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, this morning we come to you – as sinners. Again. Repeat offenders. It’s become painfully obvious that we cannot free ourselves from sin and death. Yet, by your grace given through Jesus Christ, you have claimed us as your own and have given us new life. This morning we stand in the need of your mercy and forgiveness. Wash away our sin, O God, for Jesus’ sake. Do a transforming work in us from the inside out. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.