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Why Would God Harden Pharaoh’s Heart?

aired January 6, 2020

Episode 351 Show Notes 

From the Show

The same word that melts wax, hardens clay. And so, Pharaoh’s heart was already clay. His heart was already hard rock. God is hardening his heart further so that Pharaoh won’t let his people go because God has a greater purpose in view, namely, the redemption of his people from Pharaoh’s hand. And for all of that to play out, to unfold, God is going to keep preaching his judgment to Pharaoh. And that preaching of judgment continually leads to greater and greater hardening. You know, we look at this and we say, "that’s not fair.” Well, think of it on the other side: God has mercy on whom he will have mercy.

—Michael Horton

Questions in this Episode

1. God told Moses that he hardened Pharaoh’s heart to demonstrate his own power but it seemed pretty cold. It seems kind of cruel.

2. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God,” My question is: how do you understand this? How can we tell the difference between sin and places we have freedom?

3. What’s the difference between being foolish and having a large amount of faith when we take big risks for God?

4. Are Christians still obligated to follow the 10 Commandments?

5. What is the most Biblical way for us to evangelize to our neighbors?


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