This Month's Promise

“...As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

- (Joshua 24:15)

Read: Exodus 13: 17, 14: 4


“Pharaoh’s heart became hard.” (Exodus 7: 13). “But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart.” (Exodus 10: 20)

The Israelites multiplied and prospered in Egypt during Joseph’s time. But later, they were oppressed by a Pharaoh who did not know the Lord. Hence Israelites lived as slaves in Egypt. At that time God sent Moses to Pharaoh to tell him to let God’s people go. But Pharaoh said, “No” to Moses and ultimately to God. So God sent terrible plagues upon the land of Egypt. He did this to show His incredible power. The Lord had power over all the false gods that the Egyptians worshipped. The last plague that God sent was the worst one. He sent the death angel to kill the first-born child of every family. There was loud crying in Egypt for there was not a household without someone dead. During that night, Pharaoh summoned Moses and told him to leave Egypt. This was exactly what God said would happen. Moses and all the Israelites left in a hurry. But God did not lead them in a short cut route instead through the desert toward the Red Sea. The Bible says that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart. Earlier we read that Pharaoh’s heart hardened against God and he did not listen to Him, but now we read that God hardened his heart. This teaches us a very important lesson - we must always be ready to listen to God! The hardening of a heart is a process - a repeated event. If a person hardens his heart many times he may come to a place where he cannot listen anymore. God knew Pharaoh’s heart was hard toward Him because of sin and that Pharaoh was not willing to admit his sinfulness. So He hardened Pharaoh’s heart.

Dear friends, our sins separate us from God because God is holy. The good news is that God loves us in spite of our sin. His Son, Jesus, died on the Cross giving His blood to take away our sin and punishment. (I John 1: 7) So do not allow your sin to keep you apart from God. Do not harden your heart like Pharaoh. Jeremiah 17: 9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.” But the blood of Jesus cleanses all wickedness so confess your sin to the Lord. Believe in Him and be saved.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, when You talk with me and convict me of my sin through Your Word or through Your servants, let me not harden my heart. Let me not allow sin to have dominion over me. Let me confess it and be cleansed by the blood of Jesus. Amen