Some people refuse to take responsibility for their actions. How does God mete out Justice and mercy, especially in the face of arrogance?
God gives justice and mercy
Where do you see instances of justice and mercy in the text above?
- There is justice in the hailstorms that continue from the last passage into this one.
- It shows justice that they do not stop until Pharaoh confesses that he is wrong and God is in the right.
- There is mercy in that Moses is willing to go to Pharaoh, suffering the hailstorm himself, instead of staying safe and comfortable in Goshen.
- There is mercy in God stopping the hailstorms as soon as Pharaoh is willing to confess his sin.
What else do you see as mercy and justice here?
The Arrogance of Sin in the face of Mercy
Pharaoh proved that he was more concerned with saving face than saving his people. This passage begins to reveal another side of him. Manipulative. The person worshipped as a God-ruler of Egypt should not have to confess sin. However, Pharaoh realizes that that kind of groveling is what will get him the results he desires.
These passages help us understand how God handles conflict between groups of people with varying levels of responsibility. How are the leaders of people held accountable for the actions of the people? How are the people held responsible for their actions, especially when they are following a leader? God consistently shows both justice and mercy for all of them, sometimes in varying ways.
It also shows us that the opposite of mercy is not justice, but arrogance. God continues to give even Pharaoh mercy, but Pharaoh’s arrogance stands in the way of him receiving it.
What do you see here?
I’d love to hear what you see in this passage. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on justice, mercy, and arrogance here.