Today's Manna

February 14, 2017
God Sees the Heart
by Rabon Metcalf
Scripture Reading: Exodus 9

Have you ever said ‘I’m sorry,’ ‘You’re right,’ ‘I did wrong,’ or ‘I didn’t mean it’? Many times, what you probably meant was ‘I’m sorry I got caught,’ or ‘I’m saying that I’m sorry so that we can get this conversation over with and move on’. Sometimes we can lack a sorrowful attitude even when there is clear evidence for the need to be sorry. We see a stellar example of this in Pharaoh.

Verses 27-28 read, “And Pharaoh sent and called for Moses and Aaron, and said to them, ‘I have sinned this time. The Lord is righteous, and my people and I are wicked. Entreat the Lord, that there may be no more mighty thundering and hail, for it is enough. I will let you go, and you shall stay no longer.’” Then, just a few verses later we read, “And when Pharaoh saw that the rain, the hail, and the thunder had ceased, he sinned yet more; and he hardened his heart, he and his servants. So the heart of Pharaoh was hard; neither would he let the children of Israel go, as the Lord had spoken by Moses.”

Without any doubt Pharaoh could see the God of the Hebrews hand of judgement in his life. The personal, and national attack of plagues upon the Egyptian people could leave no uncertainty. Furthermore, God’s focus of judgement was amplified by the fact that the Goshen region was being spared during these plagues. However, a god-like opinion of himself had imprisoned Pharaoh so that he could not truly repent and seek forgiveness.

Pharaoh might have said I’m sorry, you’re right and I’m wrong, but he never meant it. God knew the heart of Pharaoh even when Moses couldn’t see it. We, too, can get a “Pharaoh complex,’ Sometimes pride, spiritual blindness, and a high opinion of one’s self will cause us not to recognize sin in our own lives. We might be saying ‘I’m sorry’ on the outside, but what is the condition of our heart? We might say ‘I love you, Lord,’ but do we truly mean it? We might sing ‘I surrender all,’ but do we mean it? Today’s scripture reading ought to remind us that God sees our hearts.

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