Now we get to the really interesting part. Pharaoh, even with his thousands of gods and magicians and hardened heart is finally beginning to see the power of God’s mighty hand. The gnats were only God’s finger, but now, God’s might is right in Pharaoh’s face. What is Pharaoh’s response?
Pharaoh responds in a very similar way that we see men respond each time they come in the presence of God. One of the things they recognize, in the light of God’s glory, is the sin in their own lives.
But that is not God’s point. He knows we have the sin. His interest is not in us recognizing the sin and then continuing to do it. His interest is in us recognizing the sin and turning to Him to bring change in our lives.
Let me use an illustration. Pharaoh recognized that God is God and that he and his people have sinned by not obeying God and then tried to negotiate who can and cannot go worship God. This is the same as an adulterous spouse being caught in the act and then trying to negotiate that they will only cheat on even days of the month or only when it is raining. It is absurd. Pharaoh’s appropriate response to Moses should have been, can I am my people come and worship God with you! The appropriate response is to turn from the sin and back into the one and only true relationship.
But we have all done it. Any time our thoughts and prayers to God start with “If you will”, we are falling into the same trap. The question is not “If God will”, the question is “If I truly repent” and the answer is, “then I will turn my heart to God.”
God has already made his covenant – He gave His only son to die for our sins. If that is not sufficient for you or me to turn to Him, then I can’t imagine Him being interested in making some other deal to redeem us from our sins.
Pharaoh and the Egyptians began to recognize their sin
7. God gave opportunity for Egyptians to not be affected, Pharaoh admitted he had sinned
8. Egyptians begin to turn from Pharaoh (we are ruined), Pharaoh attempts to “cut a deal”, Pharaoh admitted he had sinned
9. 3 days darkness in Egypt, light in Goshen – Pharaoh summons Moses, go but leave flocks – do not return again
Letting some people go but not others. Letting people go but leaving flocks. He was slowly giving in.
If you will…. then I will or I won’t….
Sure. When I was immature in my faith and didn’t trust in God fully I tried to use Him as a vending machine. Send prayers and promises and hope for blessings.
He did not falter – he did not negotiate or give in to Pharaoh. He stood toe-to-toe with the mightiest earthly king and did not give up any of the LORD’s ground.