What Will It Take? (Exodus 6)

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If we had to make a list of the most stubborn characters in the Bible, Pharaoh would certainly be close to the top of that list. When Moses told him that God said, “Let me people go,” he immediately responded by saying, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go?”
What followed were the most famous series of catastrophes in history known as the ten plagues. After each plagues, Pharaoh had the chance to yield to God but stubbornly refused to do so. He thought that he could defy God, but God would get the last word. The Lord told Moses, “Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.” (Exodus 6:1)
Pharaoh repeatedly hardened his heart against the Lord until the last plague, when God finally broke Pharaoh’s will. The tenth plague was the plague of the death angel. That night, every firstborn son in Egypt died, including Pharaoh’s son. But God knew what it would take to make Pharaoh listen.
Pharaoh probably never considered that his stubbornness would cost him his son. His pride and selfishness had blinded him to the consequences of his stubbornness, just as our pride and selfishness blinds us. If you are stubbornly refusing to yield to God, you need to know that it is not worth it to resist God. What will it take to get your attention?