One of the things I like to do as I read the scriptures is write down just one thing, one quick takeaway from the section. It’s a simple practice that anybody can do, it helps to reinforce what I’ve read, and it gives me an opportunity to engage with what the Holy Spirit might be trying to teach me.
This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Exodus.
“But even so, Pharaoh’s heart remained stubborn,” ~Exodus 9:7
When does my stubbornness obscure my view of God?
Pharaoh had every opportunity to see and recognize God, but to do so would have been an admission that he himself was not God. Pharaoh had several opportunities to step back in humble amazement and worship the God of all creation. He was given a front row see to the awesome power of God and when he could no long replicate, imitate, or manipulate the power of God, he moved to negotiation and then finally stubborn disregard. Yes, Pharaoh’s stubborn heart is on full display! When, and in what situations is my heart hardened with the same stubbornness as Pharaoh’s?
Throughout all of this, the Egyptian people and the officials saw the miracles as well. Why did some of them still have stubborn hearts? From Jacob to their present time, over the course of generations, they had seen God’s mighty works. They had experienced God’s love, compassion, and saving work from devastating famine. Now, they were following Pharaoh’s lead. Why where their hearts so easily turned? Pharaoh had divided up the people, enslaved the minorities, and stood firmly opposed to any social justice issue of their day. Pharaoh’s stubbornness was leading them to death! Why did they continue to choose Pharaoh’s lead when the power of God was so clearly on display? Was it blind faith, was it ignorance, was it comfort?
Where do I blindly follow the “Pharaohs” of today?
Where does my stubbornness lead others to death?
This is what I heard in today’s reading, what did you hear?