Pharaoh’s heart disease

29 Sep

heart of pharaohPharaoh and Moses. Both bathed in privilege, comfort, and luxury. Below them, supporting their affluence, there were thousands of slaves. From their suffering and sweat, the lifestyles of Moses and Pharaoh were sustained.

Over time, the heart of Moses softened toward the slaves. “No one should have to live like that”, he thought. Every since an encounter with a burning bush, the Living God, Moses had compassion for the slaves and what they endured. Moses’ heart beat with passion, “These slaves must be set free! This is not God’s will. The Lord has called me to confront Pharaoh that he might let the people go.”

Meanwhile, as Moses’ heart was softening, Pharaoh’s heart was hardening against the slaves. Pharaoh “played God,” deciding who should live and who should die, who was good and who was evil. When Moses confronted him, Pharaoh became more stubborn. When the Lord challenged him, Pharaoh dug in his heels. Over time, Pharaoh’s “heart disease” grew worse. He treated the slaves like trash.

I believe that, right now, our planet is suffering from an epidemic of “Pharaoh’s heart disease.” Pharaoh formed a hostile identity that was against the slaves. “Those people” are no good, evil, trash, garbage, junk, evil, disposable, need to be destroyed. I confess, there are people against whom my heart has become hardened. What about you?

Who is your heart hardened against? How is God softening your heart toward these others? Where will you go for a heart transplant, replacing the heart of Pharaoh with the heart of Moses? Better yet, where will you receive the heart of Jesus?

Pay attention. Our hearts tend to be soft towards some, hardened against others. 

A quote for the road: If you’re going to care about the fall of the sparrow, then you can’t pick and choose who’s going to be the sparrow. It’s everybody!~~ Madeleine L’Engle


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