Read Exodus 4:21 out loud with your family.
Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.
Q: Do you think it was mean for God to harden Pharaoh's heart?
Parent Note: It’s easy to read this story and think that God kind of set up Pharaoh for tragedy. Maybe if God hadn't hardened Pharaoh's heart, he would have let the Israelites go sooner and it would have spared the Egyptians some of the loss they experienced with the plagues. We should consider a few facts before taking sides on this issue. The Israelites had been enslaved for 400 years. Pharaoh was an evil idol worshiper who rejected God. Also, God wasn't responsible for hardening Pharaoh's heart throughout the plagues; Pharaoh hardened his heart all on his own following many of the plagues. Another factor to consider is this: God is our judge. He knows everything. Our understanding of the situation is extremely limited. If we can trust anything, it's that God would never unjustly harm anyone.
Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:
Dear God, thank You for caring about my heart.
I know that You want all people to be saved.
Please help me to have a soft heart that is sensitive to Your Spirit.
In Jesus’s name, amen.