Passover is right around the corner. We all know that story, right? Tell me if you ever noticed this little detail.
Ever wonder why Pharaoh didn’t let the Israelites leave? “God” hardened Pharaoh’s heart against freeing the Israelites, so as to provide the occasion for visiting plagues upon the Egyptians, who as helpless subjects of the tyrant, had no part in Pharaoh’s decision.
“You [Moses] are to say everything I command you, and your brother Aaron is to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his country. But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I will multiply my signs and wonders in Egypt, he will not listen to you…” [Exodus 7:2-4]
It was “God” all along!
“He” kills all the firstborn sons, even of slave girls who had no part in oppressing the Israelites. Not even the cattle escaped.
“Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the slave girl, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well.” [Exodus 11:5]
“God” intentionally thwarts the free will of Pharaoh for “His” personal amusement.
Sort of puts a new perspective on the story, doesn’t it? Doubt anyone in the Church or Synagogue ever mentions this part.
Read. Learn. Teach.
All Bible quotes taken from New International Version