When Pharaoh’s Heart Grew Harder
The epic showdown between God and Pharaoh over the fate of the enslaved Israelites in Exodus 1-18 is a page-turner. Pharaoh is not one single king in Exodus, but a succession of Egyptian kings over many generations. God says in Moses’ commissioning that he “knows” Pharaoh will resist, so God says he will harden Pharaoh’s heart (Exodus 4:21 and 7:3).
In plagues 6-10, we hear four times that God has hardened Pharaoh’s heart, in contrast to plagues 1-5, where the source was ambiguous. The author wants us to see that even the most heinous forms of human evil are not a threat to God’s purposes. Paul sees in Pharaoh’s hard heart a pattern that was again at work in his own day.
How does God soften a hard heart?
Begin with prayer and ask God for a softened heart. When we turn to God in faith for healing from our hardened hearts, He actually gives us a softened heart. God is so rich in forgiveness and love that He will begin softening your heart as soon as you ask Him in faith.
How do you pray for God to soften your heart?
Father God, reveal to me where my heart has become cold, hard, and dry. I pray for a softened heart, for unselfish love, for a compassionate spirit. I thank you for Your holy presence, for the love and gift of Jesus! Help me to experience You more deeply.
What does the Bible say about hardness of heart?
“Moses, because of your hardness of heart, permitted you to divorce your wives,” Jesus said before the verse you quoted, “but it was not so from the beginning” (Matthew 19:8). Divorce is a sin, but “if anyone belongs to Christ, then he is made new.”
How can I soften my heart?
According to Gordon Neufeld, a heart can only be softened by cultivating safe and caring attachments with others; relationship promises safety, warmth, and dependence; attachment is the antidote to too much separation and wounding.
Why did God hardened Pharaoh’s heart?
So, according to God, He hardened Pharaoh’s heart so that He would have to send the plagues on Egypt in order to demonstrate to both the Egyptians and the Israelites that He is the one true God. The Egyptians used to worship a plethora of gods, each with their own unique ability and realm of control.
What causes a hardened heart?
Heart calcification can be triggered by normal aging, conditions like kidney disease or diabetes, or even physical trauma to the chestu2014but the exact mechanism is still unknown.
What is God’s rod and staff?
The staff and the rod are two pieces of the same tool that work together in God’s gentle hands to remind us of His everlasting faithfulness and love. As children of God, we can take a deep breath knowing that He is always with us, always protecting us, always guiding us, and always offering us a place of peace and rest.
What is a good prayer for healing?
Loved God, I pray that you will comfort me in my suffering, strengthen the hands of my healers, and bless the methods used to cure me; give me such faith in the power of your grace that I may put my complete trust in you even when I am afraid; through our Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.
How do I stop my heart from hardening?
Choose healthy fats over saturated and trans fats, such as those found in olive and vegetable oils, avocados, fatty fish, nuts, and seeds, and keep a close eye on sweets. Added sugars, rather than those found naturally in fruits, can raise heart risks.
What does the Bible say about a closed heart?
A closed heart, like a closed hand, cannot give or receive anything, including love from and love from the Lord.
What are the signs of a reprobate mind?
Symptoms of a depraved mind.
- God’s Word no longer convicts you.
- Your own conscience no longer convicts you when you do wrong.
- You begin to lose your ability to distinguish between right and wrong.
- You begin to call “GOOD” evil and “EVIL” good.
How do I know if God has hardened my heart?
Lack of ability to perceive, remember, or grasp events or ideas coming from God. Insensitivity to sin, sinfulness. Failure to follow God’s commands, the way of Jesus, or the voice of the Holy Spirit.
How do you harden your heart for love?
Here are 6 Ways to Get Over a Breakup:
- Feel the emotions and don’t try to “just get over it.” It takes a lot of energy, work, and time to get over a broken heart.
- Get the energy out.
- Be honest with yourself.
- Reclaim your personal power.
- Live an outstanding life.
Did God softened Pharaoh’s heart?
u201cPharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he did not hearken unto them; as the Lord had said,u201d the King James Bible says. After the sixth plague, however, Pharaoh appears to lose his nerve, and God intervenes, hardening his heart for him.