Yet Pharaoh was as stubborn as ever—he wouldn't listen to them, just as God had said. Exodus 7:13 (MSG)
Back when I was in college I had a boss who said that he read through the Bible every year and it was "different" every time. "Not because the Bible changed each year, but because I changed each year," he explained.
The last time I read through the book of Exodus was several years ago. Since then, I've had a lot of experiences in the corporate world and have become a business owner. So, it's interesting to read about the negotiations between Moses and Pharaoh from the perspective of workforce management. Pharaoh had good reason to be stubborn. The Hebrews were cheap labor, and as we all know the Egyptians were known for their rather over-the-top building projects. The idea of letting them take a three-day weekend would wreak havoc on national productivity. Letting them leave the country would be an economic disaster. Pharaoh's stubborn heart may have been a spiritual problem, but it also was grounded in economic and political expediency.
Obedience to God often sends us swimming against the tide of political correctness, worldly wisdom, and popular opinion.
The river of God flows upstream