This year I am blogging as I read through the Bible in chronological order this year. This is my latest step.
We are still trucking through the Bible, and every time I read this I struggle a little. But I suppose I am struggling less and less with it now.
I was always taught that God will not violate the free will of man. That is the reason for why “This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” and yet we all know that not all will. It is simply because God allows our will to trump his own, or according to some that God can not violate our will.
But on nine separate occasions (Ex 4:21, 7:3, 9:12, 10:1, 10:20, 10:27, 11:10,14:4,18:8) the Lord says he will or did harden the heart of Pharoah. This shows God’s sovereignty in all events. But it seems to throw a monkey wrench into the idea that God can’t or won’t counter man’s free will.
Of course this is all part of the larger question of God’s sovereignty in our world. But how do you think about these passages?
Sorry this is so short I am a little short on time because of the Act Like Conference this weekend.