February 16, 2021
Exodus 10:1-2
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may perform these signs of mine among them 2 that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed my signs among them, and that you may know that I am the Lord.”
New International Version (NIV)
Amidst the sounds of the generators I hear the buzz of a blow-dryer.  “Why?” you may ask is my blow-dryer running outside?  Our water is frozen in the pipes.  So in addition to no power most of the day we have no water.  So far no luck with the blow-dryer.  Despite my best efforts to wrap the pipes, the water froze.  Someday, though, the water will melt.  

We can melt frozen water, but how do we melt a cold heart?   Pharaoh’s heart was hardened against God and the Israelites.  The Bible actually reports this in two different ways.  In Exodus 8:32, Pharaoh is said to harden his heart.  Then in our passages for today, more than once we read that God hardened his heart.

Who is really responsible for a hardened heart?  True, God is sovereignly working.  But we are still responsible for our own attitudes.  Pharaoh set his will against God and God let him go where he wanted to go.  Later at Meribah God’s own people hardened their hearts against God.  

What about our hearts?  Keith Green sang for many of us, “My eyes are dry.  My faith is old.  My heart is hard.  My prayers are cold.”  The first step to softening our hearts is to recognize their condition.  On a scale from diamond to chalk, how would you gauge the condition of your heart.  

God’s word still stands.  Today if we hear his voice, let us not harden our hearts.   If our hearts are hard, God can soften them.  Keith Green explained how:  “Oh what can be done for an old heart like mine?  Soften it up with oil and wine.  The oil is You, your Spirit of love.  Please wash me anew in the wine of your blood.”
Pray with me:         
Pray with me:  Father, tell us the truth about our hearts.  Heal the hardness of our hearts today.  We want to be clay in your hand, soft and malleable.  Let us hear your voice today.  When we do, let us yield to your will.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.  
Scripture memorization for this week:    
John 1:29
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
Hebrews 9:22
In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
New International Version (NIV)
Our 2021 Every Day with Jesus readings will follow the Foundations Bible reading plan.  Copies of the reading plan are available at Tallowood Baptist Church, or download your copy here:
We would love for you to join us as we read through the Bible in one year, while still having the flexibility of reading 5 days per week.  In addition, I will continue my long-standing practice of reading one Psalm a day through the year.  We will also memorize 2 scriptures each week.  As we journal together this year,  Robby Gallaty’s H.E.A.R. plan is a good resource: Highlight a verse that stands out to you, Explain what it means, Apply that truth to your life and Respond to what you’ve read with an action or prayer.
Joyfully, 
Duane 

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