In last week’s Parasha, G-d brought seven of the plagues on Egypt and each time we are told that Pharaoh hardened his heart. In this week’s Parasha, G-d brought a further three plagues upon them: a plague of locusts, darkness, and the death of the firstborn. After the first of these three, the locusts, Pharaoh called for Moshe and said…
“I have sinned against ADONAI your G-d and against you. Now, therefore, please forgive my sin just this once; and intercede with ADONAI your G-d, so that he will at least take away from me this deadly plague! He went out from Pharaoh and interceded with ADONAI. ADONAI reversed the wind and made it blow very strongly from the west. It took up the locusts and drove them into the Sea of Suf; not one locust remained on Egyptian soil. But ADONAI made Pharaoh hardhearted, and he didn’t let the people of Israel go.”
Seven times the L-rd gave Pharaoh the time to repent and make teshuvah and we are told ‘Pharaoh hardened his heart’. This time however G-d hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and brought about the next plague of thick darkness that could be felt.
So what am I trying to say? It brings the message home to us that we do not know when our end will be.
Whether you know G-d and Yeshua is your Messiah – or maybe you are battling some problem and are resisting G-d – or whether you just do not know G-d at all – do not harden your heart towards Him, but “Seek the L-rd while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. “For, for you today is the day of Salvation.