But the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he did not listen to them, as the LORD had spoken to Moses. Exodus 9:12
God sent Moses to ask Pharaoh to let his people go after having them for 400 years in slavery. But the scripture says that God hardened his heart so that he did not listen to Moses. And because of the hardness of Pharaoh’s heart God sent pestilence and diseases on the land and caused the death of every first born son in Egypt.
Even after the Israelites were released from captivity Pharaoh again became hardened and tried to pursue them. I will make Pharaoh so stubborn that he will pursue them. Then, because of what I do to Pharaoh and his entire army, I will receive honor, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.” Exodus 14:4
It’s almost as if God had a score to settle with Pharaoh because of all the inhumane treatment that he had handed out to his people for hundreds of years. And despite the years of free labour, now that God sent Moses to tell Pharaoh that it was time to release his people Pharaoh refused. We can’t say that God didn’t ask nicely the first time before he sent the plagues.
Again in Judges Samson fell in love with a Philistine woman whom the Jews were forbidden to marry. The biblical account states that, His father and mother did not know that it was from the LORD, for he was seeking an opportunity against the Philistines. At that time the Philistines ruled over Israel and were extremely oppressive towards God’s people. Judges 14:4
We know that as a result of Samson’s love for this woman and the reaction from the Philistines against this that he waged war against them and destroyed their stronghold. There are some battles that we are in the midst of that is God’s occasion against the enemy. We know that God loves justice and he hates robbery. Isaiah 61:8
This battle may feel like it’s all about you but could God be using it to exercise justice and judgement over an oppressive system. One thing is for sure that when God is fighting for you that you are guaranteed victory. Stand still and see the salvation that the Lord will bring you this day against this great army. The Egyptians you see today, you will shall never see again. Exodus 14:13