KEY SCRIPTURE: Exodus 10:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh: for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I might shew these my signs before him:
All throughout the story of Moses we come across this statement “I will harden the heart of Pharaoh “This implies God hardened him so he could punish him and receive glory from that. If this act from God is interpreted literally as it stands then, it would mean God made him do wrong so He could punish him. This does not rhyme with the total revealed nature of God.
James 1:13&14 says “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God, for God cannot be tempted of evil, neither tempteth he any man. (To tempt means to prompt one unto sin). But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed”. It is one’s own lust that draws him or her away. God allows the individual to pursue in his error. The book of Romans 1:18 &20 will give us some light into this. Romans 1:18” for the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness. Verse 24 adds” Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lust of their own hearts to dishonor their own bodies between themselves”. Please note that it is the mercy of God that withholds evil from taking over men. When a man sets up his face to be mischievous, God gives that person up to the power of evil. This is exactly what happened to Pharaoh, God gave him and his people up to the power of evil to be more rebellious. This is an aspect of the wrath of God. He gives you over to be totally dominated by evil. God’s nature cannot be contradicted. Certain scriptural expression must not be taken at face value. They must always be compared with the total counsel of scriptures. The Bible says in James 1:17” Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights with whom there’s no variableness neither shadow of turning”. God is light and there’s no darkness in him at all. He cannot cast shadows or any degree of changing. He does not change. Malachi 3:6. He cannot do evil and evil cannot be found in him. He is the holy one.
God is light, he is holy and cannot sin and does not cause anyone to sin. He may allow a man to the power of evil yet he does not cause evil.
Romans 1:26-28 ” For this cause, God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
And likewise, also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient”;