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Hope Through Exodus // Episode 90

Hello everyone! I hope you're having an awesome Sunday!! As you may or may not have noticed, I did not post a faith blog post during April, as was my 2020 goal of posting one faith related blog post every month. I wanted to do a video/blog post specifically about what I've been learning from the book of Exodus, and I promise I did not forget, I just wanted to post it this weekend. ;)

Lately in my morning Bible time I've been reading Exodus, specifically about the plagues and the Israelites leaving their enslaved lives with the Egyptians, and boy is it good! I mean bad, obviously, but the messages God is teaching in here are so so good! When I was reading about the plagues and specifically the boils, Exodus 9:12 said, "But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart and he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said to Moses." I got very confused. I wondered why God would harden Pharaoh's heart, and what about free will? What good would hardening Pharaoh's heart do? Wouldn't it just make there be more plagues and more destruction in Egypt?

After some Google searching I found this explanation:

"Before he had hardened his own heart, and resisted the grace of God; and now God justly gave him up to his own heart’s lusts, to strong delusions, permitting Satan to blind and harden him. Willful hardness is generally punished with judicial hardness. Let us dread this as the sorest judgment a man can be under on this side hell."

That gets a little dark near the end but, as I explain in the video, it's basically saying that when we harden our hearts to God, He's going to listen and let our hearts be hardened to Him. Our willful hardness will be punished with judicial hardness when we choose to live without God. We can harden our hearts in many ways, by claiming we don't need God or that we can live life without Him. Either way, we need Him to live our fullest and most pleasing lives!!

Also remember that He works all things for good, so even though it may be hard to find the good right now in this weird, scary time, just think that through all of this hardship, more people are coming to realize how good God is and how much they need Him and how much He loves them!

I talk more in the video about a few other things I found in Exodus, so check it out and enjoy!!!

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