Do not Harden your Heart

March 18, 2022 in Today's Worship by TGV

Exodus 7: Worship Guide/ 2-BSG-7A, (Exodus 7:1-25)/ Theme: Do not Harden your Heart/ Hymn: The Savior Is Waiting (SDAH 289).


 

Exploration: Hardness of the Heart – (Eph. 4:18; Mt 19:8; Mk 16:14; Rom 1:18-19, 21, 24-25, 28; Jn 12:40; 2 Cor 4:6).

Reflection: In the previous chapter, we saw how God reassured Moses about His call and commission: Yahweh renewed His promise of deliverance to Israel. In this chapter (verses 1-7), God reminds Moses that Pharaoh will not heed his voice and that “the Exodus” process would be a long road. Verses 8-13 details the first miracle before Pharaoh: Aaron’s staff becomes a snake and eats the Egyptian priests’ snakes. In verses 14-21, we have the First Plague: the Nile and the rest of the water supply is turned into blood. Then in verses 22-24, the Egyptian magicians perform a similar feat, and Pharaoh rejects Moses’ plea to ‘let Israel go’ – (not surprisingly, see Ex. 7:3-4)— as ordered by Israel’s God, Yahweh (Ex. 5:1-2).

Devotional Implication: Pharaoh’s heart problem is a crucial theme in Exodus 7-10. Four times, this chapter calls attention to Pharaoh’s hardness of heart (Exod. 7:3, 13, 14, 22). The hardening of Pharaoh’s heart is described from the fourth throughout the fourteenth chapter. The question is, who/ what caused the king’s heart to be hardened? Listen to this quote: “The hardening of Pharaoh’s heart was in no way an act of God, but rather a deliberate choice on his own part (see PP 268). By repeated warnings and displays of divine power, God sent light designed to point out to Pharaoh the error of his ways, to soften and subdue his heart, and to lead him to cooperate with His will (see DA 322). But each successive manifestation of divine power left him more determined to do as he pleased. Refusing to be corrected, he despised and rejected the light until he became insensitive to it, and the light was finally withdrawn. It was thus his own resistance to the light that hardened his heart. Even the heathen recognized the fact that it was Pharaoh and the Egyptians themselves who hardened their hearts, and not God (1 Sam. 6:6).” – (SDA BC vol. 1, p. 516).

The Gospel’s Voice: This section is written as if God were speaking directly to you—because He does. What does the LORD say to me this morning? My son, four times this chapter calls attention to Pharaoh’s hardness of heart (Exod. 7:3, 13, 14, 22). All the signs I performed before Pharaoh (through My servant Moses) did not result in belief but unbelief: he increasingly hardened his heart. Thus, I let him alone. My son, don’t harden your heart like Pharaoh. If you continue in the path of rebellion – (after knowing the Truth), I may allow you to follow that path (Isa 55:5; Hos. 4:17; Rom. 1:24, 28). You must repent at once (Acts 2:38; 17:30; 2 Peter 3:9). Unbelief is a matter of the heart, and I am willing to give you “a new heart” to repent and believe (Ezek. 11:19–21; 36:26). I will open deaf ears and blinded eyes (Matt. 13:14-16; Luke 10:21-22) and impart spiritual life to those ‘dead in their trespasses’ (Eph. 2:4-5). I will deliver those in bondage to sin and grant My grace and power over the forces of darkness (Col. 1:13; 2:13-15), so that they (you) may live righteously, but first, you must repent and surrender your life to Me. Would you?

My Desire: By God’s grace, I want to:

  1. Repent my sins and embrace God’s word (the Truth).
  2. Heed God’s commands, warnings, instructions, Law.
  3. Submit wholly to the conviction of the Spirit of God (Jn. 16:7-8).
  4. Ask God to create “a new heart” and put “a new spirit” in me (Ezek. 36:26).

Have A Blessed Day: “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin: “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” (Hebrews 3:12–13, 15)


 

Worship Through Singing: The Savior Is Waiting (SDAH 289).
1
The Savior is waiting to enter your heart,
Why don’t you let Him come in?
There’s nothing in this world to keep you apart,
What is your answer to Him?

[Refrain]:
Time after time He has waited before,
And now He is waiting again
To see if you’re willing to open the door:
O how He wants to come in.

2
If you’ll take one step toward the Savior, my friend,
You’ll find His arms open wide;
Receive Him, and all of your darkness will end,
Within your heart He’ll abide.

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