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God sent ten plagues to try to get Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go. We read all but the final plague in today’s reading. Pharaoh’s response to the nine plagues presents an interesting case study on the subject of authentic repentance.
First, Pharaoh’s response after each of the plagues indicates the temporary nature of his commitment to God. He is committed to obeying the request until the plague subsides. When the plague is lifted, he hardens his heart. Temporary repentance is not repentance.
Second, Pharaoh’s response after the plague of frogs is especially interesting. When given the opportunity to name the timing of the lifting of the plague, Pharaoh responds, “Tomorrow.” I wonder how many of us have ever told God, “Tomorrow.” Interesting, isn’t it, that we would rather live “one more night with the frogs” than get things right with God? Hesitant repentance is not repentance.
Third, after the eighth plague, the plague of hail, Pharaoh tries to bargain with God. He relents to letting the men go, but will not let the women and children go. The attempt to bargain with God is an example of partial repentance.
Whether our repentance is temporary, hesitant, or partial, one thing that these forms are not is authentic. What has God called you to do? Do it—today, completely, and with a forever kind of commitment.
Devotional by Steve Horn. Scripture links by www.biblegateway.com. Animated video by www.thebibleproject.com.