4 But the king of Egypt said, “Moses and Aaron, why are you taking the people away from their labor? Get back to your work!” 5 Then Pharaoh said, “Look, the people of the land are now numerous, and you are stopping them from working.”
6 That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers and overseers in charge of the people: 7 “You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw. 8 But require them to make the same number of bricks as before; don’t reduce the quota. They are lazy; that is why they are crying out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’ 9 Make the work harder for the people so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies.” Exodus 5:4-9
The Pharaoh felt threatened by the sheer number of Israelites in his country. He knew that it would only take a few to rally the people and cause trouble. So, he set out to make life miserable for them.
The Lord was indeed hardening Pharaoh’s heart, though I suspect he didn’t need much help. His hardened heart was just being revealed for all to see.
Most of the Israelites had no idea about the bigger picture. We see it because we know how it ends. All they knew is that their life would be much more difficult than yesterday.
This is where we find ourselves today. We obviously don’t know the bigger picture, none of us do. We do know it’s heading somewhere but that’s about it. This world will be very different 20 years from now just because of all the dark societal changes that are happening right now.
We still have to trust God one day at a time. One foot in front of the other.