Bible Study Post #9 (Exodus): The Manipulation of Pharaoh

The Pharaoh who causes of all the problems for the Israelites dies before God decides to enact vengeance on Egypt.  The Pharaoh who enslaves the Israelites has died.  I’ll make my argument clear: The Pharaoh that had hurt the Israelites was now dead, and the new Pharaoh that took his place had his personality altered by God so that he would continue the bondage  to the might of his power so that God would have opposition in order to show his power.

Exodus 2:23

  • And it came to pass in process of time, that the King of Egypt died; and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.

So they cried because the Pharaoh that placed them into bondage died, and they no longer wanted to be in bondage.  And God noticed their crying.

Did this Pharaoh have power that kept God from being able to help them?

Exodus 7:12

  • For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.

Exodus 7:22

  • And the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments: and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, neither did he hearken unto them; as the Lord had said

Exodus 8:7

  • And the magicians did so with their enchantments, and brought up frogs upon the land of Egypt.


  • There is another God that was helping the Egyptians giving credit to there being more than one God, or magick.
  • God helped Pharaoh’s magicians perform these miracles. Which in turn brings into question of God’s power for Pharaoh as if it is a game to God.  God’s miracle that anyone can perform without the help of God?

Pharaoh would likely have let the Israelites leave sooner if God had not have forced Pharaoh’s hands into holding on to them.

Exodus 9:35

  • And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, neither would he let the children of Israel go; as the Lord had spoken by Moses.

Exodus 10:1

  • And the Lord said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh: for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I might shew these my signs before him:

Exodus 10:20

  • But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go.

Now that it has been described that God has forced Pharaoh’s hand, and there is nothing in the bible that indicates that he is not the one who placed the people in bondage, or hurt them like the previous Pharaoh did.  How is God going to treat this man who he has manipulated into performing these actions?  He punishes Pharaoh.

Exodus 11:3

  • And the Lord gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants, and in the sight of the people.

He steals the gold from all of the people.  Like he was setting up the Egyptians to lose, as if it was a game, and stealing the gold was a side goal.  Since he could make the gold without stealing it, God steals from the Egyptians, punishing them for not being good enough for Him.

Exodus 12:29

  • And it came to pass, that at midnight the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon and all the firstborn of cattle.

He takes the lives of all of the firstborns of everyone who is not an Israelite.  He is punishing everyone who is not an Israelite, and if you are not an Israelite you aren’t good enough to be a servant of God.  Regardless of the type of person that you are.


When you consider vengeance, one hundred and twenty years is a long time.  It is a long time for the rich, and middle class to watch as people are treated as slaves and do nothing to help them.  Doing nothing and not standing up for people can be seen as sinful, and punishment may not be right- but understandable.

Exodus 12:40

  • Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years.

Three generations, only two kings?

Moses is born during the lifespan of the first King, the first Pharaoh which earlier during the Pharaoh’s lifespan the bondage started.  Moses then later saves them, before the 40 years in the desert. (That I have not read yet about).

120years Pharaoh + 80 years Moses = 200 years max?  This is not meant to debunk the bible, but rather  point out how unsanctified the vengeance is.


I am going to end this post with a quote where Moses is blaming God for what the Pharaoh is doing, and rightly so.  However, it also reminds me how people will often blame God for bad things that happen, even if it was not God who pushed the event to happen.  (But rather let it happen).

Exodus 5:22

  • And Moses returned unto the Lord, and said, Lord, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people? Why is it that thou hast sent me?

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