The Plagues and Hard Hearts (Exodus 7-10)

In Exodus 5:2 Pharaoh asks the question, “Who is the Lord that I should obey his voice?” This question is the question that every human asks. I do not have regard for God and has no need to obey him. Who is God that I should have to listen to him? It is not a question that seeks to know God. It is a question that reflects rebellion. Who is this God that I would have to listen to him? I can do what I want to do. I can listen to myself. I am my own god and I follow my own decrees. Who is God that he can tell me what to do? The question of Pharaoh is the question of our culture and society. So God’s answer to this question is extremely important. In the event of the plagues, God is going to teach Pharaoh, and ultimately teach the world, who the Lord is so that people will obey his voice. Exodus 7:3-5 declares that this is God’s purpose.

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