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September 25, 2022

Illustrated Bible Life

Free Will and Pharaoh's Heart

In the Bible, some conclusions that seem obvious need a second look. An important instance is God's dealings with Egypt's pharaoh at the time of the Exodus. To the question, "Did God harden Pharaoh's heart?" the obvious answer is, "Yes." God said, "I will harden . . ." (Exodus 7:3). The obvious becomes more nuanced and complex, though, as we read more carefully. Just as often, the text tells us Pharaoh hardened his own heart. What are we to make of this? Find out in this week's article.

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