Why Did God Harden Pharaoh’S Heart?
- Edward C. Miller
Pharaoh’s heart was hardened by God for three reasons: 1) Pharaoh was not innocent, but wicked; 2) Pharaoh was already hardening his own heart; and 3) God sovereignly purposed to exhibit His might and glory even via Pharaoh’s hardening of his heart ( Romans 9:17-18 ).
While the renowned Egyptian-Jewish philosopher Maimonides believed that God hardens Pharaoh’s heart as a punishment for prior misdeeds, Martin Luther interpreted God’s involvement as a necessary proof of divine might. Maimonides’ argument may be found in the book of Exodus.
What does it mean that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart?
When the Bible says that God ″hardened Pharaoh’s heart,″ what it really means is that God gave in to Pharaoh’s demands and let him rule as he pleased.The only thing that needed to happen was for God to stop contending with Pharaoh and instead provide him with the ongoing gift of warnings.Why did God make Pharaoh’s heart as hard as a rock?In the book of Exodus chapter 9, verse 12, it is said that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart.
Why did God harden his heart?
Simply said, God manifested himself to humanity. Through the signs and marvels of the plagues, he demonstrated his power and dominion as well as his love for his people and his hate of sin, among other things. This revelation of God was what ultimately caused his heart to become calloused. There are others who believe it is unfair that God hardened his heart.
Did God Harden Pharaoh’s heart in the first five plagues?
The fact that Pharaoh was the only person responsible for the hardening of the land during the first plague and during the first five plagues is much more important. It was not until the sixth plague that it was claimed that God truly moved in and hardened Pharaoh’s heart (9.12). This was something that he had told Moses in Midian that he would have to perform.
Was God’s hardening of Pharaoh capricious or manipulative?
The hardening of Pharaoh’s heart was not the result of God’s arbitrary or manipulative behavior.It did not, in any way, lessen the responsibility of Pharaoh.People are wholly responsible and answerable for their acts as well as the decisions that they make.In his article titled ″Why and How Did God ‘Harden’ Pharaoh’s Heart?,″ Erik Raymond said that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart by simply revealing who he was to the king.