Most importantly we must know, Pharaoh HARDENED HIS OWN HEART Against God FIRST.
15 But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the LORD had said.
32 But this time also Pharaoh hardened his heart and would not let the people go.
6 Why do you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh did?
God foreknew Pharaoh would not listen. Time and time again, Pharaoh, after getting relief from the plague...HE WOULD HARDEN HIS OWN HEART AND WOULD NOT LISTEN TO GOD OR HIS MESSENGER.
PHARAOH EVEN ASKED MOSES TO PRAY TO GOD ON HIS BEHALF many times:
28 Pharaoh said, "I will let you go to offer sacrifices to the LORD your God in the desert, but you must not go very far. Now pray for me."
Pharaoh EVEN ADMITTED HE SINNED AGAINST GOD and asked for FORGIVENESS:
16 Pharaoh quickly summoned Moses and Aaron and said, "I have sinned against the LORD your God and against you. 17 Now forgive my sin once more and pray to the LORD your God to take this deadly plague away from me."
EACH TIME GOD DID...and each time Pharaoh would hardened his own heart and go against his word to God and Moses.
God did then pass judgment on Pharaoh FOR ALL OF HIS SINS AGAINST HIM by hardening Pharaoh's heart EVEN further.
20 But the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he would not let the Israelites go.
Pharaoh symbolizes ALL UNREPENTANT SINNERS...even in todays world...3,500 years later..
Those who have not humbled themselves and accepted God's free gift of mercy and grace so that they can receive salvation...are in the same peril as Pharaoh was...IF YOU DO NOT LISTEN TO THE VOICE OF GOD CALLING YOU TO REPENTANCE...your heart can and will become HARDENED:
Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before: "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts."
Yes, I see the truth of this all of the time. I have seen unbelievers fall to their knees to pray to God when hardship comes. A cheating spouse, losing ones job, facing financial ruin....they cry out to the Lord for relief. But when the relief comes...just as Pharaoh...they no longer need God...and they stop worshiping Him and their hearts are hardened further.
Others, They blame God for everything...and their hearts have been hardened from the get go.
Others lose their faith as adults...thinking it is superstition...they are too big to believe in God.
Others like their life. They like to sin. Sin can be pleasurable no doubt. They do not want to have a Holy God telling them they must change their ways.
Whatever the reason...the unbeliever have become like Pharaoh...he have hardened his heart and God is going to give him his desire...separation from Him for eternity.
8He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power
Do not blame God...He has been calling you for a long time...I am His messenger...He is trying to reach you by using me. He is using this chapter to call out to those who have hardened their hearts towards Him.
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever TRUSTS in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 6: 37
37All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.
It is not too late for you...as long as their is breath. May your heart become as soft clay so God can save you.
God loves you and so do I!