Moses and Aaron spoke to Pharaoh about freeing the Hebrews, but he refused to listen. He even scoffed a bit by their God when he asked, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD (Exod. 5:2). Instead, because of Moses and Aaron’s persistence in carrying out God’s task, Pharoah made the Hebrew’s labor more challenging. Consequently, this caused them to resent Moses and Aaron for bringing greater ill-treatment toward them.
Think about that-Pharoah ignored a message from God! How remarkably stubborn he was to do so. Then again, how many people in the Bible did the same thing?
Jonah refused to travel to Nineveh.
Jesus anticipated denial when he gave his disciples instructions to wipe off their feet to those who refused their message of the Messiah.
The followers of Jesus refused to embrace his Eucharistic message in John 6
Some of the people at Areopagus refused to hear Paul’s preaching of the gospel.
Just to name a few.
What was said in the Gospel reading yesterday? “This is my beloved Son, listen to him.” Did all of those people not realize that when God speaks, it’s not because he is arrogant and loves to hear his voice. No, He was bringing attention to a larger point about the need for obedience to his true and reliable revelation.
Ultimately Pharaoh paid the price for not listening. Friends, don’t repeat his disobedience and stubbornness. God has given us freedom, the ability to act or not to act (CCC, 1731). We should act on pursuing after truth instead of caving into stubbornness. That’s why we must never harden our hearts to His continual steadfast love that only make us more inclined to listen rather than disobey Him.
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