Exodus 7-8, Matthew 15

Exodus 7:3
3 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt.

On a number of occasions we will read how the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart and at first glance it can seem like old Pharaoh didn’t have a chance. Nothing could be further from the truth. God desires that none would perish and all would come to repentance. Pharaoh hardened his own heart because he loved himself more than the one true God. When we read that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart, it should be more accurately translated, God confirmed what He knew was already in Pharaoh’s heart. We must keep this in mind as we watch the story unfold.

Exodus 7:11-13
11 But Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers; so the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. 12 For every man threw down his rod, and they became serpents. But Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods. 13 And Pharaoh’s heart grew hard, and he did not heed them, as the Lord had said.

God’s power always trumps anything the enemy can muster up. He is powerful and will do anything to discredit God. Though he is powerful, we must never forget that he or nothing else is as powerful as the Lord. Nothing can duplicate the awesome power of our God.

Exodus 8:15
15 But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and did not heed them, as the Lord had said.

I think of how easy it is to make promises to the Lord if he will do something for us. And then, when He does it, we go right back to where we were before we made the promise. It is human nature to do such a thing. I think of how good God is that He doesn’t punish us right on the spot for failing to do as we say. Instead, He puts up with us and continues to love us. This should motivate us to stick to our promises all the more.

Exodus 8:23
23 I will make a difference between My people and your people. Tomorrow this sign shall be.” ’”

Jesus came to make a difference between us and the world. Are we going to allow Him to do such a thing?

Matthew 15:3
3 He answered and said to them, “ Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?

There is something about tradition that comforts a man. However Jesus warns us that if we are not careful we can hold the traditions with greater esteem than the truths of God. We must be careful of ever doing this. The traditions of man are nothing more than traditions that will fade away over time, but the words of God, they will last forever.

Matthew 15:28
28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, “ O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Sometimes The things that Jesus said and did seemed contradictory to what we know His nature to be. Why is this? I believe that it is all part of Him wanting to reveal to us greater spiritual truths. No doubt, Jesus wanted to heal this woman’s daughter from the beginning, but He demonstrated it in this round about way, in order to show us the value of faith. Lord give us faith that is persistent…no matter what!


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