THE PHARAOH REPENTS OF HIS SIN…or does he?

 

And Pharaoh sent, and called for Moses and Aaron, and said unto them, I have sinned this time: the LORD is righteous, and I and my people are wicked.  Intreat the LORD (for it is enough) that there be no more mighty thunderings and hail; and I will let you go, and ye shall stay no longer.  And Moses said unto him, As soon as I am gone out of the city, I will spread abroad my hands unto the LORD; and the thunder shall cease, neither shall there be any more hail; that thou mayest know how that the earth is the LORD’s.  But as for thee and thy servants, I know that ye will not yet fear the LORD God.  Exodus 9: 27-30

 

Moses was not fooled, because God had already revealed that he would harden Pharaoh’s heart.  Being able to hear God is an asset in life.  We can be aware of some of the devices of our enemies with his help even today.

 

And when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunders were ceased, he sinned yet more, and hardened his heart, he and his servants.  And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, neither would he let the children of Israel go; as the LORD had spoken by Moses. Exodus 9:34-35

 

Once again Moses is before the Pharaoh to warn of a new plague, of locusts this time.  Again he is denied and the plague begins. 

 

And the locust went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the coasts of Egypt: very grievous were they; before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such.  For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt.  Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste; and he said, I have sinned against the LORD your God, and against you.  Now therefore forgive, I pray thee, my sin only this once, and intreat the LORD your God, that he may take away from me this death only.  Exodus 10:14-17

 

Pharaoh admits he sins against the God of Moses.  He does not claim this is HIS god.  Here is a key.  Pharaoh is not a brother in the Lord, so we know he is of another father.  Satan has many children, and some come in the garments of righteousness. 

 

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.  Matthew 7:15-20

 

Pharaoh has religion and prophets too.  His treatment of his fellow man reveals who his father is.  Our relationship with neighbors will reveal who our father is.  Pharaoh rules by oppressing others, the power of the oppressive pyramid.  This is the rule of law, enforced by punishment.  Moses rules by example and encouragement, seeking release from bondage and rules.  As Matthew warns us, we can watch for the fruit of goodness.  False churches will attack and hurt with thorns and thistles.  A true church will visit the widows and restore the fallen.  God came to heal the sick, not the healthy.  The Good father helps the children of new faith to grow strong.  These are the fruit of his vine.

 

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.  Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.  Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.  If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.  Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.  As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.  If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.  John 15:1-10

 

Notice that we must KEEP his commandments, not just hear or say them.  We are saved by faith, having heard his words.  But that faith must manifest actions to prove the faith.  Pharaoh can’t manifest faith because he does not believe the words about the God of Moses.  The words are a map, but our footprints reveal where our acts have taken us.  James has some thoughts on this in the New Testament too:

 

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.  Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.  Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.  But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?  James 2:17-20

 

This Pharaoh does not show the kindness that Joseph received of his predecessor.  His deeds are cruel, even while he speaks of repentance.  He says he will follow, but his footprints are not on the path of life.  The evidence is seen by man and God, and the results are predictable.  We have a map to check, and it is called the Bible.  We can see if a leader is on the path of life by this chart.

 

And the LORD turned a mighty strong west wind, which took away the locusts, and cast them into the Red sea; there remained not one locust in all the coasts of Egypt.  But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go.  Exodus 10:19-20

 

We know that the Lord had already judged against the Pharaoh, so this is a lesson for Israel now.  The chosen people need to see God at work to build their faith.  We still need signs today, as we forget to trust the Word of God.  These records help our memory.

 

And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt.  And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days:  They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.  And Pharaoh called unto Moses, and said, Go ye, serve the LORD; only let your flocks and your herds be stayed: let your little ones also go with you.  And Moses said, Thou must give us also sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice unto the LORD our God.  Our cattle also shall go with us; there shall not an hoof be left behind; for thereof must we take to serve the LORD our God; and we know not with what we must serve the LORD, until we come thither.  But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let them go.  And Pharaoh said unto him, Get thee from me, take heed to thyself, see my face no more; for in that day thou seest my face thou shalt die.  And Moses said, Thou hast spoken well, I will see thy face again no more.

Exodus 10:21-29

 

God is our light, and true darkness is the absence of God himself.  We often live near big cities now, where lights are on 24 hours each day.  Deep caves lack natural light, but there is hope even there.  God can penetrate natural darkness.  When he removes himself from man, the darkness can be felt in our heart.

 

Moses heard Pharaoh say he would not see him again as a prediction of the future.  Pharaoh has spoken a prophesy, even as the High Priest spoke against Jesus many centuries later.  Being a prophet of God is not the same as being a man of god. 

 

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.  Matthew 7:21-23

 

If our leaders can show such power, and still fail, how can we be safe?  We have a fellowship with the Trinity to guide us.  When we pray to God, we have answers from the Father.  Reading the bible, which is The Word, the life of Jesus, gives us fellowship with The Son.  Fellowship with other believers exposes us to the work of the Holy Spirit that comes through their fellowship with him.  Our pastors are usually good examples of balance in this trinity relationship.  If any part of our leadership is out of balance, we will have help from the other members.  We need to give time to each for our sure guidance.

 

If we know to balance diet, exercise, and rest, we should understand this balance as well.  You have a spiritual strength training going on now.  Your spiritual trainer came to you from heaven in person to give you the program for your life.  He won the greatest contest on earth as an example.  He wrote the plan in a book that delivers the bread and water of life.  Now we can grow in the greatest strength of all. 

 

For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. 1 Timothy 4:8

 

FOOTNOTE:

By now I hope you have seen that the words of the bible are interactive.  God left us his own life in text that lives in our hearts.  You may have seen how these words answer your daily struggles.  My words can only illuminate what is already written by a higher authority.  The answers are already all there. 

 

This blog was first published on another site which limited what I could share.  Between 50 and 200 readers viewed it daily, but I could not express the full power of what is in this Bible.  My readership is now down to one or two readers daily, but I hope to remain faithful to publish what I feel that God is illuminating from his word.  Please feel free to use the comment features, or to contact me on Facebook.  I appreciate a few faithful friends more than many who are not drawn to God’s word.  His sheep know their master’s voice.

 

David Luther

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