January 28 – Daily Notes – Amanda

One of the most troubling passages in Scripture is that of Pharaoh’s heart being hardened. Check out the video below to help you navigate it.

Exodus 5:22-7:24:

  • 22-9 – God explains to Moses, and Moses to the Israelites, that God will restore the Israelites to the freedom and plenty of the covenant they’re under, but the Israelites are too oppressed to hear it.
  • 2-9 – ancient Jews knew their history and revered the patriarchs; normally this type of introduction of God and explanation of what he would do would have been powerful; they were so separated and broken, it did not
  • 10-13 – Once again, Moses has a set back and wants to shrink from what God is calling him to.
  • 14 – we begin to see people identified by tribe. Moses and Aaron come from the Levite tribe
  • 3 – The concept of Pharaoh’s heart being hardened is a challenging one. It begs the question, does God also harden our hearts or the hearts of others? This Bible Project video is very helpful in explaining the concept of Pharaoh’s heart being hardened.
  • 8-13 – Pharaoh’s magicians could match Moses and Aaron’s miraculous acts to a point. God always prevailed somehow.
  • 22-23 – So far, Pharaoh is unimpressed. It’s important to note that the Pharaoh was seen as a god. He felt that he was equal with God so it makes a little more sense why he struggles so much with humbling himself and being obedient to God.

Matthew 18:23-19:12:

  • 23-35 – We are to forgive as we have been forgiven.
  • 3-9 – Moses created divorce certificates to put parameters around how divorce should happen. Creating the divorce certificates was not done so divorce could happen but to regulate the divorce that the Israelites were already doing.
  • 11-12 – Eunuchs = men without genitals so they could not commit sexual sins; often used as servants so they could not defile the women they served

Psalm 23:1-6:

  • The most famous psalm and possibly the most famous passage overall. This psalm is one showing David’s complete trust and reliance on God’s blessings and provision.
  • God compared to a shepherd, a common occupation – cares for, protects, guides, and provides for his sheep.

Proverbs 5:22-23:

  • We view so many of our sins as fairly harmless or as one time events. Instead, our sins entangle us and drag us down to death.

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