The key issue in this chapter, and for the next several chapters, is the hard-heartedness of Pharaoh. The text makes clear that we're about to read of a battle of wills between God and man. Guess who wins.
Currently I am struggling with a situation where a man with the power to help ministry go forward is unwilling to cooperate. He is unwilling to even listen to my suggestions on a solution that's good for both of us. He may not realize it but his attitude is both a practical and spiritual obstacle. He is my Pharaoh.
The message I take from this chapter is that if this man is truly resisting God's plan, he will lose. In the meantime, I should be careful not to take matters into my own hands, as Moses did 40 years earlier causing him to flee Egypt. Instead, I should trust in God's power to accomplish what he has in mind, and in a way that makes clear that he is the Lord.
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