Sovereign Grace in the Book of Exodus

No more clear illustration of the Sovereign decisions of Jehovah, His force, His capacity to solidify, His distraction – maybe – with doing His own arrangements and not yours or mine, no more clear model, I say, and I think I have Paul in my so be it corner, is given in Scripture than that of the Pharaoh of the Exodus. The endeavors to clarify the entirety of this dynamic away and to some way or another think of Pharaoh controlling everything… indeed, it’s quite normal. Furthermore, thinking back, it appears to be really terrible. The content is clear.

Be that as it may, let us not race to Pharaoh to the detriment of a hard gander at the man Moses.

Keep in mind? Most youthful in the family. Discourse hindrance. Convictable killer. Hesitant smooth talker. Agreeable shepherd of Midian serving under the brotherhood of his Midianite father-in-law. That Moses.

I know, when we think Moses, we think Charlton Heston, MGM, sentiment, power, the supernatural. None of that Moses. The brilliance stuff is Hollywood. The inexplicable is God. God vowed to be with His mouth. God offered him hints and ponders he could use in Egypt. God talked the law on tablets and in his own tongue. God gets all the wonder and credit. What does Moses add to the entirety of this?


We can’t add to the finesse of God. When we do, it isn’t the finesse of God any more.

So here is the example once more. Far-fetched man picked by the God Who does what, and picks whom, He will.

Yet, I talk nothing extremist up until now. Most adherents, on the two sides, concur that God utilizes impossible people to be heads of His kin.

Yet, ought not another contemplation creep in at this point? On the off chance that God picks pioneers, does it not follow that he picks their devotees, as well? Didn’t Jesus say, “You have not picked Me, however I have picked you” (John 15:16)?

All pioneers and every one of their adherents, picked. The picked individuals. The choose. In any case, you say, that steers clear of salvation, and forever, and the lost… No? How about we get Pharaoh and his mediator, the Spirit-filled messenger Paul, who himself had a phenomenal “picking”, you will review, one which we should examine later.

We should see Moses’ record first. We’ll begin in 3:19. God realizes that the King of Egypt won’t release individuals, basically from the get go.

Foresight. God realizes what is coming. AllĀ concurred, I am certain. Question is this: Does his prescience suggest His own pronouncement of that future, or is this a future completely prepared by malevolence, and some great, men, with God simply looking on and adding drops of kindness to a great extent?

How about we go to 4:21. I’m taking these sections according to the pattern in which they show up in Exodus so you will see something you have maybe not seen previously: to be specific, God did all the solidifying. The standard line here is that Pharaoh, as God predicted, was an awful man, and solidified his heart against Moses. After this terrible man had solidified his heart for such a long time, God just assumed control over the solidifying interaction himself. Paul has a word for you who accept that, later. For the time being, see this section.

“At the point when you return to Egypt [he hasn’t went up against Pharaoh yet], see that you do that load of miracles before Pharaoh which I have placed in your grasp. However, I will solidify his heart, so he won’t release individuals.”

Foresight, combined with an announcement, isn’t anything not as much as fate. Isn’t that so? Earth in God’s grasp, yes?

Section 5: sufficiently sure, Pharaoh is solidified. All along. As God said he would be. What’s more, God said why he would be: God solidified him.

A wavering Moses is told in 7:3 again that God will solidify Pharaoh. In 7:13, that heart became hard “as the Lord had said.” Remember, the Lord predicted the activity of Pharaoh, yet was the most ideal justification it.

God makes the assertion in 7:14, “Pharaoh’s heart is hard.” Should be nothing unexpected at this point concerning what is happening. So when in 8:15 we read that Pharaoh solidified his heart, we should not return to the reasoning that places man in charge. God has effectively accomplished the work in his heart, and from here until the finish of the scene obviously man isn’t working his own will, yet the desire of the Father. An enabled Moses faces a solidified King. It’s all God. He gets the credit, the magnificence.

You can peruse the accompanying sections all alone, in the event that you wish, yet the Word is adequately clear: 8:15,19,32, 9:7,12, 35, 10: 20,27, 11:10, 14:5,8.

In 14:17, the whole Egyptian country is supposed to be solidified.

Three additional Exodus sections are managed or suggested in Paul’s works. How about we go there.

We were in Romans 9 when managing Jacob and Esau. God favors Jacob. Somebody says, That’s not reasonable! (Earthlings’ number one three words.) God isn’t being honest! Wrong. Right your reasoning, not His.

Model 2 Paul gives is the entire Moses-Pharaoh scene we just covered. He presents it by summarizing Exodus 33:19, where God says He will be charitable to whom He will be generous, and will have empathy on whom He will have sympathy. Enough said. End of contention. I’ll do what I need with whom I need. Avoid this. I realize what I’m doing.

Paul’s own musings regarding this matter have additionally gotten a work of art: (Romans 9:16). He proposes that it isn’t of him who wills, nor of him who runs, however of God who shows leniency.

Abruptly Paul isn’t in the fifteenth century B.C., discussing a prophet and a Pharaoh. He’s discussing at this very moment and you and me. Also, he’s making statements we need to hear, on the off chance that we have ears to hear.