The exchange between the Roman government, the Pharisees, and Jesus.
The exchange between Pharaoh and Moses.
Both these exchanges were over ownership, Lordship, and worship. It seems the hardness of heart with Pharaoh and Pilot is the same issue. I was thinking about Pharaoh’s hardness of heart, it almost seems God is setting him up for failure and destruction. In some ways it doesn’t seem fair.
So to understand the exchange better I want to point out to you the verses in Romans 1. Notice how God shows kindness but people turn away. Then God lets them go their own way. He abandoned them to their own foolish dark thinking.
For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles. So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired… Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, He abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. (Romans 1:20-24, 28-29 NLT)
I think when people choose to go down a sinful path God’s grace tries to pull them back and they refuse and refuse until HE says, “have it your way.” He pulls back, “abandons”, and people are left to the destruction of their own hard heartedness.
It is my prayer that His loving hand will always be leading me down the right path.