This week’s crazy Bible verse is one that always bothered me, even when I was a Christian.
“But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart and he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the LORD had said to Moses.” – Exodus 9:12
To put it simply, the Pharaoh is not doing nice thing to Moses and his people, but it’s a result of the Lord hardening the heart of the Pharaoh. What would have happened had the Lord NOT hardened the Pharaoh’s heart? Would the Pharaoh have let Moses and his people go? Quite possibly. We’ll never know because God intervened and made sure the Pharaoh’s heart was hardened such that he’d do evil against Moses.
This is one of those verses that I glossed over as a Christian saying, oh well, God works in mysterious ways. Fortunately I now know that God working in mysterious ways is not an answer. Why did God need to harden the Pharaoh’s heart? If the goal is to get the Pharaoh to let Moses go, then why harden the Pharaoh’s heart? It makes no sense and provides further evidence that the God of the Bible is NOT a good god. A god that pushes evil on his creations is an evil god, not a good one.