Shalom. Our teaching this morning will be from Exodus 10.1-6
READ EXODUS 10.1-6
EXODUS 10.1 It is written 18 times in the book of Exodus that The LORD GOD had hardened the heart of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt.
HARDENED, as in, I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, comes from the Hebrew word KAHVAHD which means to be HEAVY, and STUBBORN, UNMOVED, and UNYIELDING to the LORD GOD.
The word HEART, as in I have hardened his heart, comes from the Hebrew word LAYVE meaning GOD hardened Pharaoh’s MIND, his FEELINGS, and his UNDERSTANDING. The result being GOD appointed Pharaoh to be disobedient to the LORD GOD of Creation.
Thus, it was GOD Who caused Pharaoh to reject His commands, to turn his back on GOD’s authority, because it was GOD’s will to harden Pharaoh’s heart, thus making him disobedient. Which leads me to this conclusion.
GOD has hardened the hearts of the majority of people throughout the world and throughout history. They disobey GOD, reject His commandments, and refuse His laws, as they do today. They turn from GOD’s laws, His Law of Moses as they have been instructed by unGODly leaders, and unGODly teachers. GOD has hardened their hearts as He hardened Pharaoh’s heart and the heart of his servants. The LORD GOD has sent them a strong delusion that they should believe a lie. 2 THESSALONIANS 2.11.
The lie is GOD’s Law of Moses does not exist any longer. That is the lie. They reject the Truth.
And GOD will harden the hearts of the nations in the end of days for His purpose. To gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle, and to prepare the return of The LORD. And GOD will fight against those nations and destroy them, and lay the world waste by fire and earthquakes, because of hardened hearts. Because The Bible says in Isaiah 24.5&6 the inhabitants of the earth have transgressed The Laws, changed the ordinance, and broken GOD’s everlasting covenant, His Word. Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, and few are left.
GOD’s purpose to harden hearts in the end days is to bring His return and set up His Messianic Kingdom in Jerusalem, the 1,000 year Millennium. The Kingdom will be turned into a pure land, and will be high. And there will be no more curse in the Messianic Kingdom. Zechariah 14.10-11. And as the prophet Isaiah writes in Isaiah 35.10, and the ransomed of The LORD shall return, and come to Zion (Israel) with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
The borders of Israel given to the Jewish People from The LORD their GOD will include Lebanon, and much of Jordan, and Iraq and Syria to the Euphrates River, the Sinai and Kuwait, and perhaps even Egypt to the Nile. Thus the Messianic Kingdom of Israel, according to my estimation will be about the size of Nevada and California combined. Today, Israel is about the size of New Jersey, a very small state.
ZECHARIAH 2.10-11, ZEPHANIAH 3.17
I drew my opinion that GOD hardens hearts for His purpose from these Scriptures.
DEUTERONOMY 2.26-31 GOD hardened king Sihon’s spirit to deliver him and his people into the hand of Israel, to possess that land, and inherit it.
The word spirit, as in GOD hardened king Sihon’s spirit, comes from the Hebrew word Ruakh, meaning GOD hardened his MIND, his REASONING, and his THOUGHTS, and made him obstinate and stubborn. GOD hardens the hearts of people for His purpose.
JOSHUA 11.20-23 GOD hardens whom He will for His purpose. And Paul explains why.
ROMANS 9.16-24 But GOD makes known the riches of His glory, and His mercy upon those He saves.
ISAIAH 46.9-11 This is the great sovereignty of GOD. He is the supreme Ruler of everything and everybody. He is the sovereign power and authority, and nobody can question His will. His will be done. Therefore He has mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will, He hardens. That is GOD’s sovereign will.
And finally, the hardening of hearts will be complete after this event.
REVELATION 20.7-15; REVELATION 21.1-4
EXODUS 10.2 I AM The LORD in Hebrew is AH NEE YEHOVAH – meaning I AM LORD.
LORD in Hebrew is YEHOVAH. YEHOVAH means self-existent and eternal. Self-existent means GOD needs no outside help from His Creation. While His Creation needs all the help we can get from The LORD GOD. Eternal means GOD has no beginning or end. He has always been, and will continue to be.
In Judaism, YEHOVAH is the holiest of Names and is not pronounced or spoken. Jewish People prefer to call The LORD Ha Shem, meaning The Name. Because YEHOVAH is known as the ineffable Name. Meaning The Name YEHOVAH is not to be spoken because of its sacredness except once a year by the high priest in the holy of holies on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. The problem today is there is no Temple, thus there is no holy of holies. As a point of interest, the holy of holies was behind the veil in the tabernacle in the wilderness and in Solomon’s Temple which had the Ark of the Covenant. And inside the Ark was the golden pot that held the manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the ten commandments written by the hand of GOD on 2 tables of stone.
The tradition to not speak the Name Yehovah but rather Ha Shem apparently started around 100-200 C.E./A.D. Thus today, YEHOVAH is pronounced and read in Judaism as Adonai, in Hebrew meaning My LORD, or Ha Shem, The Name.
However, Hosea 12.5 reads, YEHOVAH is His memorial. That is, GOD is to be remembered by His Holy Name YEHOVAH forever.
HOSEA 12.5 MEMORIAL – ZAYKHAYER – remembrance YEHOVAH is The Name by which GOD is to be remembered forever.
And YEHOVAH is Yeshua The Messiah. Whenever The LORD GOD appeared as a Man, He is Yeshua.
GENESIS 12.7, GENESIS 35.9-10, EXODUS 33.11, JOHN 12.44-45
EXODUS 10.3-6 Part of GOD’s great covenant to Abraham had been fulfilled in Egypt. GOD promised Abraham to make of him a great nation. That has been accomplished. GOD made the children of Israel a great nation in Egypt. Israel is that great nation today, and will always be a great nation forever. Genesis 12.2.
And GOD also told Abraham that his descendants would be strangers in a land that is not theirs, which turned out to be Egypt. And they shall serve them, GOD said, and they shall afflict them 400 years. But afterward they will come out with great substance. GENESIS 15.13-14
And that brings me to another conclusion, because The LORD GOD will always deliver His saints, His holy ones from every affliction, every problem, and every sorrow and difficulty.
JOHN 15.10-11 VERSE 10. The key here is obeying GOD, keeping His commandments. This is the foundational instruction of The Bible. The commandments of GOD are collectively The Law of Moses. And Messiah said, you will abide or continue in My love. Yeshua and GOD are 1 and the same. Yeshua is GOD, and He is GOD The Father. Isaiah 9.6, John 14.9.
Yeshua is the 1 Who said, Let there be Light. And there was Light. GENESIS 1.3. Yeshua is the 1 Who said, Let us make man in Our image, after Our like
ness. Genesis 1.26. It is Yeshua Who said, It is written (in the Law of Moses, Deuteronomy 8.3) that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word of GOD. Luke 4.4. Those are Yeshua’s commandments, The Law of Moses.
Yeshua said in Verse 10, IF you keep My commandments, that is, IF you obey My Law of Moses, you will remain in My love. An important part of Messiah’s love is joy, for you, me, and others who keep the commandments of GOD.
VERSE 11 These things have I spoken to you, the things He has spoken to us is to obey His commandments, His Law of Moses. That My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
Messiah is simply saying, If you keep My commandments, His Law of Moses, you will remain in His love, and you can have joy in your life. (repeat).
Yeshua is saying to you and me, and everybody who obeys Him, who obeys The Biblical Laws which are The Law of Moses, you will remain in My love, and you can have joy in your life. Think on that. If you obey GOD’s commandments, His Biblical Law of Moses, you can have joy in your life You can have joy in your life even in the most difficult of times, because you know that GOD will always deliver you. ISAIAH 46.4, PSALM 139.17-18, PSALM 34.19, PSALM 116.8
Now listen, and remember, even when you are going through the darkest of times, GOD will always deliver you, and protect you, no matter how hard the situation is, and that is a reason you can have joy, knowing that GOD will deliver you, always. Remember, believing in The LORD also means believing Him, all His promises, and all His precious thoughts He has for you.
And GOD will always care for you. You know, when things are tough for me, I read The Word, the Psalms, the Proverbs. I read some of my favorite passages, and they comfort me, they give me hope, and in GOD’s gentle way, He gives me joy.
And GOD will always bless you, and give you peace, the peace of GOD which passes all understanding. If you do what He says. He will always help you, and defend you. He is always near you, and with you. Trust in The LORD for all things. And He loves you, you are the apple of His eye, and He respects you. Exodus 2.25. And because you are His. Believe that. And you are His servants who love Him and serve Him. Thus you can have joy in your life, when you need it, because you remain in Messiah’s love. And His joy remains in you. Messiah had great faith in His time of turmoil, and He sits on the right hand of GOD.
DEUTERONOMY 5.29, DEUTERONOMY 7.9, DEUTERONOMY 14.2
You can have joy in your life because you know that all things work together for good, to those who are the called, according to GOD’s purpose. Romans 8.28.
You can have great joy in your life because you love Messiah, and GOD has forgiven you your sins, and will remember them no more. You can have joy in your life because you obey GOD, and His Biblical Law, and He has given you His Holy Spirit. Acts 5.32.
You can have great joy in your life because you have everlasting life with The GOD of Creation, Yeshua ha Mashiakh. And when you are with Him, you will be in His likeness. You have the same spiritual body as GOD. 1 John 3.2, where GOD will wipe away all your tears from our eyes, where there will be no more death, neither sorrow or crying, neither will there be any more pain, for the former things will have passed away. All problems and grief will be gone forever.
You never have to fear, except to fear GOD. GOD will always deliver you, and care for you. He will always carry you through the valley of the shadow of death. You never have to fear evil, for The LORD your GOD is with you always. Messiah’s joy is in you. His love will carry you, and care for you. He will always deliver you, and bless you. All we have to do is obey GOD, and believe Him, and our joy will be full.
Shalom. Our teaching this morning will be from Exodus 10.1-6