Why is This Story Like it Is?

Why is Pharaoh so obdurate?  Why does he persist in the insanity of  denying Israel their freedom even in the face of plague upon plague?  It’s a good question, and one that, I think, the text itself suggests.

But, as is so often the case, scripture interprets itself.  Look at Exodus 10, verses one and two:

I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, that I may show these signs of mine among them, and that you may tell in the hearing of your son and of your grandson how I have dealt harshly with the Egyptians and what signs I have done among them, that you may know that I am the Lord.

Well.  That worked.  The story makes it not only to the hearing of the grandson, but for innumerable generations, down to this very day.

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