He Hardeneth His Neck Prov. 29:1 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
In Ex 5:2, Pharaoh didn’t know the Lord so he asked, “who is the Lord that I should obey his voice to let Israel go?” He could have known the Lord if he had wanted to. Moses knew him and knew how to tell Pharaoh about him [Ex 3-4]. But Pharaoh was adamant. He said, “I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go.” That settled it. When God began to perform the miraculous plagues in Egypt, Pharaoh hardened his heart against the Lord [Ex 7:23, 8:15, 8:19, 8:32, 9:7]. He did this several times.
It was Pharaoh’s choice whether to believe God and the miracles or whether to refuse to obey and harden his heart. Once he chose to reject the truth and reject the Lord, then his troubles only grew worse. Here’s what happens to people who repeatedly reject the Lord and the truth:
God hardens their hearts – Ex 9:12. 9:34, 10:1, 10:20, 10:27, 11:10, 14:8 – At first, you are hard-hearted against the Lord. But then, the Lord steps in and hardens your heart, as he stepped in and hardened Pharaoh’s heart until he had performed all the plagues. He even hardened the Egyptians’ hearts so that he could show them that he is the Lord [Ex 14:17-18].
God turns them over to a reprobate mind – Rom 1:28 – the problem starts with holding the truth in unrighteousness [Rom 1:18]. And then from refusing to know God, like Pharaoh did [Rom 1:19-21]. And then from a failure to glorify God and give him thanks [Rom 1:21]. And then from changing the truth of God into a lie [Rom 1:25]. You see, the truth reproves and when people are reproved by the truth and refuse it, then God can turn them over to a reprobate mind and all hell breaks loose [Rom 1:29-32].
God sends them strong delusion – 2 Thes 2:10-12 – when you refuse to love the truth that you might be saved, when you believe not the truth, and when you have pleasure in unrighteousness, God sends strong delusion and you end up believing a lie. You can see this already going on and it is going to be full-blown after the rapture.
God derides them – Ps 2:1-4, Prov 1:24-26 – when you make fun of God and turn your back on his counsel and his words, you will see a side of God that you never knew existed. When you finally realize that you need him and that he is, indeed, real and not the fairy tale you thought he was, the Bible says that the Lord will laugh and have them in derision [that means he will ridicule them]. God said, “I will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh.”
God destroys them – Prov 29:1 – this is exactly what happened to Pharaoh and what happened to Egypt and what happened to Israel when they rejected Jesus and what will suddenly happen to you if you harden your heart against the Lord.
Conclusion: don’t harden your neck against God. Turn from this wickedness and turn to the Lord.