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Exodus 10.1-2 and Matthew 13.10-11 – The Chosen of God.
Posted: 15 August 2011 in Exodus, Matthew

“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: And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son’s son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the LORD.”

“And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.”

The Bible has much to say about the mercy of God, but something which doesn’t very often get a mention is that the Bible also seems to imply that God’s mercy is reserved for those he chooses to have mercy upon. The above passage makes clear, yet again, that God’s primary concern is to glorify himself. To that end he settled upon Israel as the special recipients of his mercy, but his attitude to the Egyptians was clearly not so merciful. The hearts of Pharaoh and his servants were hardened, and although Pharaoh would doubtless have been unaware of God’s activity in hardening his heart, thinking himself to be acting in accordance with his own free will, neverthless we are made aware of the fact that God’s providence was at work.

Fast forward to the New Testament, and it is the Church which is fulfilling Israel’s role, and those outside of the Church who are fulfilling the Egyptian’s role. All four gospels have Jesus making a remark to the effect that only to some is it given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, and to others it is not so given. It is very easy to start trying to rationalise this, and to look for reasons why God should choose some and not others, but the fact is that the Bible gives no reason; it simply states it as a fact. Furthermore, if God does not reveal his reasons to us, it is perhaps the case that we shouldn’t indulge in vain speculation. We must simply submit ourselves to what has been revealed.

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