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Hardening of the Arteries

January 22

 "And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, ..."  Exodus 14:8



"... volitional hardness, if insisted upon, may turn at once to judicial hardness"



It didn't start out this way.  The process actually began seven chapters earlier with a choice on Pharaoh's part to obey, or not to obey.  Six different times the Bible states that Pharaoh hardened, or allowed his heart to become hard in willful defiance of Moses and Aaron, GOD'S spokesmen.  Whether we realize it or not, each decision we make before GOD is either hardening or softening our heart toward HIM; and the right consistency hinges upon our consistent obedience.  We live as though the longsuffering of GOD is inexhaustible, but Scripture does not bear that out!  In the initial stages, the LORD sometimes brings along HIS mallet of attention in the attempt to tenderize what is becoming hard.  If that fails however, what began as volitional hardness, if insisted upon, may turn at once to judicial hardness, and that without cure.  "He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy." 

Let's not kid ourselves, the real plot of man has always been the overthrow of GOD and the coronation of self.  Pharaoh is just one early example of a host of powerful losers down through history determined to best GOD in a battle of wills.  The world's mightiest king  of the time, and his entire army, were no match for LORD of hosts though, WHO alone rules over the hearts of men. He perished in a Sea of Red; and others throughout the ages have suffered like fate, some more or less gruesome and dramatic.  Nebuchadnezzar, the great lord of Babylon, was literally put out to pasture of the LORD; and years later, his grandson Belshazzar seen the handwriting on the wall describing his doom.  King Saul fell humiliated and slain on Mount Gilboa; and arguably the most infamous was Judas Iscariot, who auctioned off CHRIST for thirty pieces of silver, and purchased an eternal hell with his proceeds.  It is no different today; and it matters nil whether you rule over a household or a nation, your personal coup against CHRIST will meet with similar results. 

It is the LORD'S desire to win your heart; but if HE cannot, HE will eventually break your will to fight, be it here or in the everlasting flames of judgment.  Where is it that you are foolishly engaged in seeking to outlast the LORD?

"... today if ye will hear HIS voice, harden not your hearts."

For Love of Country
James Kent (1763-1847)
(Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New York)
"The Bible is equally adapted to the wants and infirmities of every human being ... It brings life and immortality to light, which until the publication of the Gospel, were hidden from the scrutiny of the ages."


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