A few theological thoughts about while doing today’s Bible reading (Exodus 5-8):
- Pharaoh’s initial response to Moses’ request to release the Israelites was similar to and a precursor to the way many unbeliever’s today reject God — “why should I do that? Who is God and why should I obey Him?” (Ex. 5:2)
- God actively remembers His promises to His people even when they forget Him and His promises. (Ex. 6:3-4)
- Suffering makes it hard to hear the truth of God. That is not an excuse, but it is a reality. When suffering is great, the sufferer will struggle to see the greatness and provision of God. The counselor and friend will only be effective with the sufferer as he is persistently and graciously patient in communicating truth. (Ex. 6:9)
- There is a temptation to remember weaknesses and sin (and use them as an excuse for laziness or disobedience) — even when the Lord has made clear provision for them. (Ex. 4:10; 5:23; 6:12, 30)
- Rejection of God is not the result of a lack of evidence, but because of a hardened heart. (Ex. 7:13-14, 22-23; 8:15, 19, 32) It could also be said that because of a hardened heart, the unbeliever is blind to the evidence. They cannot see because they do not want to see and they refuse to see.