” Exodus 9:12 (NASB)
12 And the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not listen to them, just as the LORD had spoken to Moses.
“Exodus 11:10 (NASB)
10 Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh; yet the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the sons of Israel go out of his land.
This segment of time carries some of the most famous events in biblical times, and also some of the most terrifying. Imagine what is actually taking place, Pharaoh’s heart is hardened by God; to what extent is that hardening?
This hardening is directly from the hand of God; in other words Pharaoh’s frame of mind is not a product or decision of man. Also Pharaoh’s stubbornness takes Egypt through “The Plagues” that ravaged Egypt, and Israel. They began with the livestock, (v.v. 1-7), boils (v.v. 9-12), hail (v.v.13-25), locusts (10:1-20), darkness (10:21-29), the Passover (12:14-28) and the death of the first – born (12:29).
God uses this opportunity to teach Pharaoh and the Middle Eastern world who he is! And that no one is allowed to do any harm to his people, especially after He intercedes and as told you to stop! God said there is “none like him” and that His people are here to “serve Him only.” God warned them that He “could have stretched out his divine hand and wiped Egypt from the face of the earth.
God’s power is a major focus for believers, He is capable of manipulating the earth to stamp out stubbornness, and instill godly fear into the witnesses and survivors of His wrath.
Which brings us to the crux of these verses, why wait to experience life in Pharaoh’s shoes when we are allowed to turn from our stubbornness, to God, through Jesus to find exemption from God’s righteous judgment on us for our sin?
We must Heed the Word of God and take everything that is under your control in your household, business and community so that when the Lord stretches out His hand and sends His out judgment you will be spared and protected from it.
To Develop Our Hearts for God repentance is necessary, we must learn to live by our consciences (9:27) and admit our sin to God and to man.
I thought this excerpt though long, is accurate enough in definition of repentance to use as a guide or foundation for this chapter.
“The concept of repentance in the OT is derived primarily from two Hebrew words. The first signifies repentance in the sense of a change of action or purpose. It is mostly used in relation to God and His dealings with people (e.g., 1 Samuel 15:11, 29; Psalms 110:4), with only a few instances referring to human repentance or relenting (e.g., Job 42:6; Jeremiah 8:6; 18:19). Repentance on the part of humans is expressed primarily by a word meaning to “turn” or “return.” The same word is used for the concept of conversion, indicating that these two ideas are essentially synonymous in the OT.
The NT concept of repentance likewise is expressed by two words. One signifies repentance in the sense of regret or having remorse (e.g., Matthew 21:30; 27:3). The other NT word for repentance denotes an inward change of thinking, affection, and willful commitment. Although it is similar to the concept of conversion, this term emphasizes the inward change that results in an outward turning from sin toward God, while conversion points particularly to the total change of life’s direction (cf. Acts 3:19; 26:20). While repentance may include faith (e.g., Acts 2:38; 11:18; 2 Peter 3:9), it may also be set alongside faith (e.g., Mark 1:15; Acts 20:21). In such instances faith emphasizes the positive side of repentance in the new relationship with God. Like conversion, both the unsaved and sinning believers are called to repent (e.g., Revelation 2:5, 16) (See also CONVERSION; FAITH).”
-Holy Bible, New American Standard.-
Turning way from sin is not enough. God says turn to Him, and do it in your heart of hearts! Make it obvious to anyone in your life that something major is happening because you accepted Christ as Lord and Savior!
Read Proverbs 1:23-33 for all of the reasons why repentance is indispensable to salvation.
There is no salvation without turning from sin to God in one’s heart. Furthermore, there is no repentance without confessing ones sin to God for salvation and to man for deliverance.