Right now there are a lot of plagues taking place in the Bible. In the last chapter God just finished placing a plague on all livestock in Egypt. That’s not enough for God and He chooses to harden the Pharaoh’s heart further and decides on a plague of locusts in this chapter. God really like His plagues!
“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may perform these signs of mine among them that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed my signs among them, and that you may know that I am the Lord.’” – Exodus 10:1-2
This is getting a bit repetitive, but God NEEDS to harden the Pharaoh’s heart. He can’t push His agenda unless He hardens the heart. God says so in His OWN words in Exodus 10:1-2. Nobody is saying the Pharaoh is the kindest guy in the world, but NONE of this would have happened had God not hardened the Pharaoh’s heart. God had to turn a human evil for this to happen. Does this make God evil? To each his own, but I find it very clear that God is not a good, caring God.
“So Moses stretched out his staff over Egypt, and the Lord made an east wind blow across the land all that day and all that night. By morning the wind had brought the locusts; they invaded all Egypt and settled down in every area of the country in great numbers. Never before had there been such a plague of locusts, nor will there ever be again. They covered all the ground until it was black. They devoured all that was left after the hail—everything growing in the fields and the fruit on the trees. Nothing green remained on tree or plant in all the land of Egypt.” – Exodus 10:13-15
How many innocent Egyptians has God murdered by hardening the Pharaoh’s heart? Makes you wonder about the ‘goodness’ of God.
“Pharaoh quickly summoned Moses and Aaron and said, ‘I have sinned against the Lord your God and against you. Now forgive my sin once more and pray to the Lord your God to take this deadly plague away from me.’… But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and He would not let the Israelites go.” – Exodus 10:16-20
After each plague the Pharaoh asks for forgiveness and is ready to move on. However, each time God hardens the Pharaoh’s heart further. The Pharaoh is not the evil one in this story.
“So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. No one could see anyone else or move about for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived.” – Exodus 10:22-23
Once again God commits an evil act on innocent people. Call the Pharaoh evil if you want, but what about the citizens of Egypt? Are they committing evil? No…unless you call simply being Egyptian evil.
“But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he was not willing to let them go.” – Exodus 10:27
Sigh. That concludes Exodus Chapter 10. This is becoming a very repetitive story. God has an agenda and continues to harden the Pharaoh’s heart. Why must God harden the Pharaoh’s heart? Because God has a favorite in Moses and Moses is nothing unless the Pharaoh is evil. The Pharaoh is clearly not the evil person the Bible makes him out to be. The Pharaoh is only evil because God hardens the Pharaoh’s heart. In this process God is passing a death sentence on many innocent Egyptians. Think about that for a second. Is this a loving God? Is this a just God? Is this an all-knowing God? No. No. No. The only way to justify this is to say God works in mysterious ways and that’s NOT a justification. Saying God works in mysterious ways is to plead ignorance and that’s NOT okay.
Coming Soon: Exodus – Chapter 11: The Plague on the Firstborn