This blog gains its name from the book Steele's Answers published in 1912. It began as an effort to blog through that book, posting each of the Questions and Answers in the book in the order in which they appeared. I began the project on Dec. 10, 2011. I completed it on July 11, 2015. Along the way, I began to also post snippets from Dr. Steele's other writings — and from some other holiness writers of his times. I still do that every once in a while.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Why Did God Harden Pharaoh's Heart?

QUESTION: In Exodus 9:16 is it true that God created Pharaoh, and hardened his heart for the purpose to show his power?

ANSWER: The Am. Revision is, ''For this cause have I made thee to stand," after, as the context shows, he had been "smitten with pestilence." There is no reference here to his birth. There are three forms in which the hardening of his heart is expressed. In verses 34, 35, Pharaoh "Hardened his heart" and "the heart of Pharaoh was hardened." This explains verse 12, "and the Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart" as the result of his resistance to the Divine chastisements. In no other sense did God harden his heart than to let him rush forward in such a course of rebellion as issued in his hardening his own heart.

— From Steele's Answers pp. 35, 36.

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