I’ve recently discussed the chapters in Exodus that focus on God hardening the Pharaoh’s heart so the Pharaoh won’t let Moses’ people leave. By hardening the Pharaoh’s heart, God can then test out several new plagues He’s developed. Turns out that the Egyptian Pharaoh is not the only heart in the Bible God hardens.
“But Sihon king of Heshbon refused to let us pass through. For the LORD your God had made his spirit stubborn and his heart obstinate in order to give him into your hands, as he has now done.” – Deuteronomy 2:30
God obviously has an agenda. He wants to elevate Moses and in order to do so He must have others do evil against Moses. However, those others are not willing to do evil against Moses, so God forces them to do evil against Moses. Confused? It’s okay. God is never really clear. Remember, God works in mysterious ways! LOL!
Seriously though, what kind of God hardens someone’s heart to push an agenda? Not a loving God, that’s for sure.