We don’t know his name. We know his title, some of his actions, and we’re given a glimpse into his heart. He was called Pharaoh, the ruler of all Egypt. He held the Israelites captive in his country. But the enslaved Israelites cried out to the Lord and He heard their cries. God called Moses to go and tell Pharaoh to, “Let my people go.”
But Pharaoh’s response was not one of awe that God would speak, or fear that the Creator of the universe would care about his actions. Pharaoh answered with pride and arrogance, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.” Exodus 5:2
So, God sent signs, wonders, plagues. The goal was for the Israelites and all of Egypt to see and believe that God is God and come to know Him. Over and over Pharaoh saw the hand of God, and over and over Pharaoh hardened his heart. Finally, one last plague came with a way to escape. Put the blood of a lamb on the doorframe of the house. When the Lord saw the blood, death would pass over. A simple solution, come in under the blood, and you and your household would be saved.
But Pharaoh’s heart was hard. He was stiff-necked. He wouldn’t bow his heart or his head to the Lord. Destruction came.
“Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.” Proverbs 29:1
God calls for all of us to know the Lord and put our faith, trust, and belief in Him. We also must come in under the blood of the Lamb, the Lamb of God. Will we bow or remain stiff-necked and hard hearted?
Father, I choose to bow my head and my heart. I believe.