Exodus 7:13, 8:32(KJV)
13 And he hardened Pharaoh’s heart, that he hearkened not unto them; as the Lord had said.
32 And Pharaoh hardened his heart at this time also, neither would he let the people go.
Pharaoh represents a majestic, monumental bondage in a sinner’s fight for freedom. All other characters of the Bible, like Pharaoh, have spiritual connotations to our Spiritual growth. Pharaoh is clearly the most powerful figure to keep us bound in slavery to sin.
Genesis 39:20 (KJV) – And Joseph’s master (Pharaoh’s Officer, Potiphar) took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.
As history testifies, Pharaoh commanded the armies that persecuted God’s chosen people. The “pharaoh” in our spiritual growth is the hardest habit to break. As Pharaoh’s armies protected Pharaoh, there may be many sins in a person’s life that cover up “the real sin”.
Alcohol, drugs and other outward sinful actions only cover up the underlying “Hard-core” truth about what enslaves a person caught up in sin.
Behind outward displays of depression and aggression lies the source of hidden pain. There may be bitterness from unforgiveness. There may be pain from abuse that a “sinner” could have forgotten about.
For some people, it has been so long since they were honest with themselves about what has hurt them in the past. We may not know what is hurting us if we have avoided the truth for many years.
It is not always drugs or ugly vices that protect our Pharaoh. Many people throw luxuries at the pain to hide the truth. ANY DISTRACTION can hide our Pharaoh. Pharaoh has armies to protect him.
Exodus 14:9a (KJV) – But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army,
After Pharaoh freed God’s people, he changed his mind. Pharaoh sent his chariots, the swiftest army, after the Hebrews.
Exodus 14:14 (KJV) – The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
The Hebrews had to stop running from the armies and obey God. Jehovah used the biggest obstacle between the Hebrews and their flight to Canaan to devour Pharaoh’s army. The Red Sea destroyed Pharaoh’s army only after the Hebrews obeyed God.
Exodus 14:28 (KJV) – And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.
If you are beyond the Red Sea, Praise God, He will provide all your needs according to His riches in Glory (Phil 4:19).
Is Pharaoh pursuing you or does he still own you? Break free from the slavery of sin and run. Obey God and He will devour any habits or bondage from your past. Let God be your guide through the wilderness as you learn to trust Him.
Exodus 14:30-31 (KJV)
30 Thus the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.
31 And Israel saw that great work which the Lord did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the Lord, and believed the Lord, and his servant Moses.
Don’t let your heart be hardened – don’t let your love grow cold
May it always stay so childlike – may it never grow too old
Don’t let your heart be hardened – may you always know the cure
Keep it broken before Jesus, keep it thankful, meek, and pure
Petra – This Means War (1987)