April 1, 2020

Scripture Reading: Exodus 7:8-13

The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Perform a wonder,’ then you shall say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh, and it will become a snake.'” So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did as the LORD had commanded; Aaron threw down his staff before Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake. Then Pharaoh summoned the wise men and the sorcerers; and they also, the magicians of Egypt, did the same by their secret arts. Each one threw down his staff, and they became snakes; but Aaron’s staff swallowed up theirs. Still Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the LORD had said.

On this April Fool’s Day, it seems appropriate to go with the text that involves a bit of a trick. Pharaoh, however, is not impressed. The text tells us that his heart was hardened. This is a phrase that is used repeatedly to describe Pharaoh’s responses to Moses’ request to allow the Israelites to go free. I wonder who you resonate with in today’s text and why. Are you seeking freedom from something, but unable to find a way to gain it? What is God inviting you to try differently? Or is your heart hardened? Are you unable to let something go that continues to hurt your heart? A grudge, a broken relationship, an unrealized dream – I’m sure you can think of something that you carry in your own heart that you could probably just let go. How has God been working to convince you to soften your heart that you might receive the peace you need? May God open your heart to what it is you need to hear and understand today.

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