Romans 9:17-18For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, "For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth." So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.
Every once in a while we all will come to a passage of scripture that will shake the fundamentals of what we believe. All of us come to scripture believing specifics things about God. Some of what we believe is from scripture, other times it may be conclusions we have drawn that do not match scripture.
Every child growing up learns that God is love. There is no other precious truth that our kiddos can know than that. One thing we often neglect to teach though, is the sovereignty of God. What is the sovereignty of God. It is the simple idea that God is completely in charge of the universe He created and can do what ever He wants.
Today many of you who have been walking through the pastor's challenge with me may have been surprised by scripture as you read through Exodus 8-10. In this section of scripture God is inflicting plague upon plague upon the people of Egypt. In the first few plagues Moses warns Pharaoh of a coming plague, executes the plague by the power if God to which pharaoh then hastily tells the the people of Israel to get of town. The next step in the story early on is that Pharaoh hardens his own heart and forces the people of Israel back into slavery. The latter plagues are different. In the latter plagues it is not Pharaoh who is hardening his heart, but instead God is hardening Pharaoh's heart. Catch this, when the people of Israel we granted freedom, God hardened Pharaoh's heart sending them back to slavery and sending more plagues upon a designated community.
- Egypt was known for the power of their numerous gods and the one true God sought to destroy every false god the people of Egypt worshiped.
- God made his own name known through the desecration of Egypt so that when Israel traveled out of Egypt nations knew who the God of the Israelites was.
- The people of Israel needed to understand that God was far greater than any master they had served.
- God is sovereign and His will is perfect.
Don't leave scripture today without understanding that God is sovereign. He can do what ever he wants. Often we may not understand what he is doing or why he is doing it, but we are not God, He is.