Did God Really Harden Pharaoh's Heart
by John Arrington
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What does the scriptures mean in (Exodus 4:21) when we read, that "God harden Pharaoh's heart"? Would God harden our hearts today?
In (Exodus 4:21) we read,
21. And the LORD said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: but "I will harden his heart", that he shall not let the people go.
I think most people have wrestled with this verse for years at some point in their life. When we are reading and studying God's word. We question, How Can God harden someones heart? I know there was a time when this verse confused me too. This verse has brought questions to my mind for years when I would read it. Back when I was a new Born Again believer and just got Saved and received Jesus Christ as My Savior and Lord.
The reason why we don not understand what God is saying to us here in this verse is. We have got to understand the meaning of the words used to explain, what God saying in the original text in the language used of that day when it was written.
See, when we read this verse in English the meaning of this verse in Exodus 4:21, It says that "God harden Pharaoh's heart". But in the Hebrew language is says that "God will let Pharaoh's heart wax bold or grow hard".
What this verse is saying about Pharaoh and trying to warn us about today is? God allows everyone the free will to choose, to do what God says or to do as we please. It is totally left up to us to choose to lust for the things of this world. To treat others with kindness or to mistreat people. To believe what God says in His word or not to believe God's word. God will not force us do the things He says for us to do. He gave us the free will to choose between right and wrong. Evil or Good.
So, God allowed Pharaoh the free will to choose to let His people go, but Pharaoh would continue to say no each time. So, each time Pharaoh refused, Pharaoh's heart continued to get harder and harder each time. So, it goes for us today, if we want to keep living our life sinfully. God will not step in and stop us and make us not do it. So, we are the ones "not God" that chooses to harden our hearts towards God when we reject His warnings of the dangers of living ungodly life.
See, all the way back to the beginning of time and to this day. God has always wanted people to do what is right. But, people have always wanted to do things their own way. So God says OK, do as you will. You are in control of your own eternal destiny, so do as you want. So, God will not force His will on you.
So, the Lord allows us all to harden our hearts toward Him by refusing to turn from our sinful ways. Just as He did Pharaoh. Pharaoh chose to do things as he pleased. And refused the warnings of God's wrath coming if he continued to say no.
God allows us the free will to choose between right and wrong. Every time someone sins, it opens up a window for evil spirits to keep coming back and attacking them over and over again. Until that person repents of their sins and receives the Lord Jesus as their Savior and Lord. Then Jesus will close and secure that window. So those evil spirit will not enter through that window again.
Is There Anyway We Can Know If A Person As Harden Heart Towards God?
Sure there is. A person who has harden their own heart. They will always condemn the sins of others. And point them out to their friends and family or to anyone who will believe their lies. Why is this a lie? It is because at the same time they will say things like, that someone mistreated them, and no one excepts them for who they really are.
And that is the reason they keep on sinning. And they are quick to blame others for the reason that they was never successful in their life.
Instead of admitting that they are the one, who chose to live their life in sin. And they know in their heart that no one can make them to commit any sin, they are one who wants to continue to sin. Because they enjoy living their life in a sinful manner.
By blaming others for their sinning, that way they can justify in their mind, so they can find a good reason to continue to indulge in that sin or sins. They love to make people feel sorry for them, so they dive off into what ever they choose. And they have found a reason to stay in their comfort zone that they have found in sinning.
The sins that they continue to do is only a band aid that covers their sinful wound that will never heal. That my friend is the obvious sign to look for in a person who has a "Very Hard Heart".
What Is The Best Bible Translation To Read?
Everyone on the face of the planet has ask this same question? What is the most God inspired version of the Bible ever written? I love how God allowed so many different Bibles to have been printed. Why would I say such a thing as that?
Because, it makes us all read and study Gods word for the truth. Rightly dividing the Bible that God has given us. God did not want us to become laid back and so relaxed and not reading His word.
That's why God has allowed so many different versions of the Bible to be printed. We need to prayerfully study and read God's word, the Bible daily. God love letter from home.
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