Exodus 10:1-2 says, “I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, that I may show these signs of mine among them, 2 and that you may tell in the hearing of your son and of your grandson how I have dealt harshly with the Egyptians and what signs I have done among them, that you may know that I am the Lord.”
There is a similar sentiment in Exodus 11:9 which reads: “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Pharaoh will not listen to you, that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.”
These bolded portions of the text above demonstrate what lengths God will go to in order for people to know that he exists and that he is to be revered as the one and only God that is to be worshiped. After the Egyptians, including the Pharaoh that God continued to harden in these passages, had mistreated and enslaved the chosen people of God for a period of 430 years, God decided it was time to show his glory. We all would be wise to take heed here to notice that at any time God may use those who are hostile towards him as an example of his judgment. When we have decided that our ways are higher than God’s ways, we then become his enemy and one who may be used to exemplify how much he protects and loves those who trust in Him.
God hardened Pharaoh’s heart because it was already hard. In the plagues, Pharaoh never trusted Moses. He thought that Moses was trying to trick him and somehow escape with all the people that Pharaoh intended to use for his own glory. What God did was demonstrate through hardening his heart, what Pharaoh’s true intentions were. Once and for all, God was going to set the captives free and there was nothing anyone could do about it. Moses tried to get out of being a part of it and Pharaoh tried to squash it, but God’s will prevailed as it always does.
In our lives, we may be suffering from any number of negative circumstances, but if we trust in God, we can be sure that He will be glorified through the judgment and disintegration of the will of those who have attempted to crush us and our spirits.
**Based off of today’s reading in Exodus 10-12