Hardened or Strengthened?

January 31, 2012 at 5:16 pm Leave a comment

Chazak That’s what Adonai did to Pharaoh’s heart when the Hebrews wanted to leave. Most translations called this word in English “hardened”. Which connotes that God made up the Pharaoh’s mind for him.

Nope.

H2388
חזק
châzaq
khaw-zak’
A primitive root; to fasten upon; hence to seize, be strong (figuratively courageous, causatively strengthen, cure, help, repair, fortify), obstinate; to bind, restrain, conquer: – aid, amend, X calker, catch, cleave, confirm, be constant, constrain, continue, be of good (take) courage (-ous, -ly), encourage (self), be established, fasten, force, fortify, make hard, harden, help, (lay) hold (fast), lean, maintain, play the man, mend, become (wax) mighty, prevail, be recovered, repair, retain, seize, be (wax) sore, strengthen (self), be stout, be (make, shew, wax) strong (-er), be sure, take (hold), be urgent, behave self valiantly, withstand.

Is what the Strong’s dictionary says it means.
So the Lord gave the Pharaoh courage. This makes a whole lot more sense. I just couldn’t understand How God was making the Pharaoh change his mind like some kind of puppet.

He didn’t.

He gave the Pharaoh courage to fight again. and again. and again.

Appears to me this Pharaoh wasn’t too bright.  Nor were the Egyptians. The Israelis didn’t win any prizes either. At least the mixed multitude that kept wanting to go back didn’t.

Exo 16:3  and the children of Israel said unto them, Would that we had died by the hand of Jehovah in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh-pots, when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.

I love this story. Gives me hope. Even when men see the power of God they can fall.

But the Power of  Elohim can deliver us from failure.

(Exo 15:13 ASV)  Thou in thy lovingkindness hast led the people that thou hast redeemed: Thou hast guided them in thy strength to thy holy habitation.

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