Yield to Word

And the LORD said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go.
~ Exodus 4:21

But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me. So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels.
~ Psalm 81:11-12o

And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.
~ Leviticus 26:18

But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field. Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.
~ Deuteronomy 28:15-17

What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house:
~ 1 Kings 8:38

And I will make this city desolate, and an hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished and hiss because of all the plagues thereof.
~ Jeremiah 19:8

Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins.
~ Micah 6:13

For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
~ Romans 9:17

And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
~ Revelation 16:10-11

What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
~ Romans 9:22-23

Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
~ Romans 9:18

And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
~ Ezekiel 36:27

Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.
~ Psalm 65:4

Yield To God’s Word, Or Be Broken By His Hand, by Jonathan Edwards. 1743.

And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had spoken unto Moses. And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth. For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth. And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.
—Exodus 9:12-16

1. The sin of Pharaoh, viz. his hardness of heart and obstinacy in refusing to comply with the word of God by Moses.

2. His punishment: God’s sending all his plagues upon him.

3. The consequences (of these plagues:

(1) Convincing him.

(2) Destroying him.

(3) Manifesting the greatness of God’s power and majesty.

Doctrine. They that will not yield to the power of God’s word shall be broken by the power of his hand.

There are these two things that God manifests himself by, and by which his designs are carried on, viz. his word and his works: the words of his mouth and the works of his hand. And the will of God must, and will surely be, fulfilled, and his name glorified by one or the other of these. By the one God makes known his will and proposes it, and exhibits motives to men’s reason to influence them as moral agents to comply with the will of God. By the other God undertakes himself to fulfill his own will and obtain his own end, and therefore all things must be subdued to God by one or the other of these. Thus God will prevail over all mankind in one respect or the other: over some he prevails by the power of his word, but others will not yield to this. They will not bend before the powerful word of God; as to such, they shall be broken by the power of God’s almighty hands.2
2. JE deletes: “The destruction of Pharaoh is represented as his broken in pieces. Ps. 74. 12 &c- dash in pieces. Exod. 15.6–”

In handling this doctrine, I shall show:

I. When it may be said that men will not yield to the power of God’s word.

II. How such shall be broken. III. Give the reason.

I. When {it may be said that men will} not yield.

First. When they will not be convinced by the evidence that is exhibited to convince them of the truth of God’s word. God gives men great evidence of the truth of his word. He gives evidences of the truth of his word by giving evidence that it is his word. God is not wont to speak to men, leaving of ’em without sufficient means to know who it is that speaks. He has given the world great evidence that his word, delivered to us in the Holy Scripture, is his word. (Both) external (and) internal (evidences) are reasonable (and) excellent, the evident stamp (of God). Jer. 23:28, “What is the chaff to the wheat?” And if men have evidence that the Word of God is his word, therein they have great evidence exhibited that his word is true. But, besides, there are many additional evidences of the truth of God’s word: (there are) confirmations4 in his providence, (as is attested by) the experience of all ages. Many men have the evidence of the truth of the word of God abundantly set before ’em, very clearly explained and exhibited. (Such evidences) are often reasoned forth (by the Lord’s interpreters). Pharaoh had many (kinds of) evidence. They that will not be convinced by the evidence are such as will not yield to the power of God’s word. They that under the clear light of the gospel remain in unbelief (are as dark as Pharaoh). (Many) men are (not) fully and effectually convinced of the truth of the doctrine. (They are) never thoroughly convinced of the fallen, miserable state of men by nature, (or) that Christ is the Son of God. They will not believe the threatenings (of God’s word; they) remain unconvinced of the truth of the offers and promises (within it).

Second. They that will not obey God’s commands in his word. The will of God is in some measure made known by the light of nature, but with much greater clearness in his word. (His ministers have) abundantly declared (it) with great clearness, much inculcated and enforced (its doctrines). Many have the commands of God in his word very often set before them. They that will not hearken will (not) regard the authority of
3. Ed. italics. 4. MS: “Confirms.”

the lawgiver: (they) disregard all the obligations to obedience that are represented in the word of God.

Third. When they will not hearken to the invitations of God’s word. God in his word doth not only command: glorious benefits are exhibited, (and) are offered unto us. Men are called and invited: (God) condescends to us (and) exhibits the most moving arguments.

Fourth. When they will not take the warnings of God’s word. (God) graciously counsels and warns (us; he) declares the misery we shall expose ourselves to if we refuse (to obey his commands). How great that misery is, (as it is represented by) eternal burnings. How great the danger is that sinners are in of this misery. How few escape! How short the opportunity; how uncertain life. How sure the execution of God’s threatenings. (God’s word) warns ’em of that increase of misery that sinners will expose themselves to. Besides, (it) warns of many calamities (they) expose themselves to in this life, (especially when) followed with God’s curse, (and they are) given up to judicial hardness.

II. How such as will not {yield to the power of God’s word} shall be broken by the power of God’s hand. In these two things, viz. that (they) shall be overcome and shall be destroyed.

First. They that will not yield shall be conquered or overcome by the strength of God’s hand. They that will not yield set themselves against God as though they determined that he should not prevail and that they would not be conquered by him. I Cor. 10:22, “Do not provoke the Lord to jealousy. Are we stronger than he?” So Pharaoh. Men are naturally opposite to God and in a state of alienation and enmity. God by his word uses means to conquer them by persuasion, but they that will not yield fortify themselves against God as though they were resolute not to be overcome or prevailed over by any means. But if God’s word will not conquer them, the power of his hand shall do it (Job 15:24-26). God’s word did not conquer Pharaoh, but his power did. Therefore, “(The Lord is) a man of war” (Ex. 15:3-6), (and) “he hath triumphed” ((v.) 21). (God can) conquer their unbelief, though they are opposite to the truth. God will effectually convince them at last. God convinced Pharaoh: in the text, v. 14, “For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth.” So God will convince (natural men): though never so averse to receive the truth, (they) shall be convinced
5. In the MS, the following deletion occurs: “as the they would strengthen John 15. 25. <24, 25, 26> strengthen hims. against the Almighty.”

thoroughly of the truth of all those things that were taught, and convince that there is a God. Isaiah 26:11—that they will not see, they shall see. They shall know that I am the Lord. Ezekiel 7:27—I will do to them after their way and according to their deserts, while I judge them, and they shall know that I am the Lord. They shall be conquered and all those endeavors in which they oppose God, utterly baffled in all their aims that are contrary to God and to his revealed will. They oppose God in seeking happiness elsewhere than in God. They oppose God and making themselves their own interest or highest end, instead of God’s glory. They oppose God and endeavoring to support themselves and an independence on God. They shall be broken and all their confidences. They harden themselves against God, as though they were resolved to try their strength was God when God threatens him with misery. They go on as though they would try whether they can defeat God and such purposes and threatenings of his, and defend and support themselves saying, ‘let him do his worst’. But the mighty power of God will conquer them and battle all their strength. They are striving to exalt themselves as a set of Pharaohs, to set themselves in God’s stead. They contest it, who shall be God?—and will not be prevailed on by the word of God. But God’s power will overcome them as God overcame Pharaoh. The contest in Egypt was typical and should be understood as such.

Second, the power of God’s hand will destroy them. In a sense, they will not yield to the power of God’s Word, thus they shall be broken. God’s mighty hand shall break them in pieces as a potter’s vessel. He shall grind them to powder. Pharaoh was broken in pieces of Psalm 74:14. He has dashed in pieces the enemy—Exodus 15:6. We read of God’s word that is a fire and a hammer. But they whose hearts will not yield shall be thoroughly broken by the fire and hammer of God’s omnipotent wrath. The hardest, exceedingly hard, perverse and obstinate. Many standing out unmoved by the most powerful threats. They will not be broken and melted. They will not become soft. But the hearts of wicked men shall in some sense, be broken by the withdrawal of all hope, all courage, and all manner of support. The hearts of the most stoutest and proudest of God’s enemies will, as it were, become weak—even the hardy monarch. The hearts of the kings of the earth, and the great men shall be so depressed and broken, that they will hide themselves in the dens and in the rocks in the mountains, Revelation 6:15. Those who in the pride of their hearts with disdain to be seen to shed a tear, shall cry aloud. Though their pride will not be mortified, yet it will in some sense be brought down, or they rather shall be brought down before God in the dust, not willingly to base themselves. Yet forced under God’s feet, made his footstool. Though the proud disposition shall continue, yet they shall utterly despair. They stand it out, their hearts will not melt under the influence of God’s Holy Word. But they shall melt and become like wax in the fire, or as a fat of lambs, not flamed and ungracious repentance and holy affection, but over poured and sunk with mighty sorrow and intolerable torments. They shall suffer that from the omnipotent hand of God, that will be altogether insupportable. Hands cannot be strong, nor hearts endure. God’s hand will not abolish their being, but destroy them in a vastly more dreadful manner than if it did. They shall be crushed and sunk down into that state that shall be infinitely worse, than no being at all. It wouldn’t be good for them if they had no being—for they shall wish that they had not. They will say to the mountains fall on us, Hosea 10:8. These things will be surely (truly) for God has undertaken to subdue. Can thy hands be strong in the days that I shall deal with thee?

Thirdly, the reason for this.

If one reason may be given, it is fit that God should in all things perfectly prevail. This is observed with respect to Pharaoh and Exodus. Sinners set themselves in opposition to God. Their dispositions are contrary. Their wills are opposite—aims and designs cross purposed and walk contrary. And with regard to those that will not yield to the power of the obstructions, precepts, persuasions and warnings of God’s Word. God doesn’t prevail that way. All means are baffled by the sinners’ opposition when he remains unsubdued, maintains himself in his contempt of God and takes occasion only to show so much more contempt and opposition. But surely, it is not fit that it should always be, thus. It is fit that God should finally prevail. He is infinitely the greatest and best being—in comparison to whom all others are as nothing. As he is infinitely the highest and most excellent. So it is fit that his cause should ever be uppermost and prevail. And thus, His Excellency should be glorified as it were, in Pharaoh’s destruction, agreeable to Exodus 15:7. All things are made by Him and for Him, to fit that he said in all things be the first and the last: that his will should be done, his ends be obtained, his designs should fully and perfectly take effect, that he in everything should be glorified. Now, (some) refuse actively to glorify God, that the honor of his majesty should be fully vindicated and maintained. As God is of an infinitely holy nature, a nature infinitely opposite to sin, so ’tis fit that that holy nature should prevail against all that wickedness that stands in opposition to it. Infinite holiness implies infinite hatred of sin and the sinner as such. The proper manifestation of hatred is opposition: as it were, an infinitely vehement flame. ‘Tis fit that this holy flame should prevail-should consume all that stand in its way. Therefore, ’tis observed on (the) occasion of God’s destroying Pharaoh that he was glorious in holiness. Ex. 15:10-11, “Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters. Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?”


1.8 Use may be of Awakening to such as have never yet yielded to the power of God’s word. There are doubtless many here that have long (resisted the) instructions and doctrines of God’s word, and clear evidences of the truth of the word of God), but to this day remain unconvinced. (They) have never been thoroughly and effectually convinced of the reality of God as represented in the preached word), and of the power of his hand in this life). (They) have long had the will of God declared to ’em in his commands, (and) long had the enforcement of those commands (illustrated). (They have heard) awful threatening, but yet (they have not been moved). (They have) long enjoyed gracious counsels and warnings, (and) have been told (of their peril). But yet (they have not been moved). (They) have had the infinitely gracious offers and invitations (of) Christ, standing at their door. But yet (they have not been moved). Thus some of you have refused to yield to the power of God’s word. And how far are you from it at this day? Instead of complying, (you are) regardless-taking no care-going on in known ways of sin, living (in) a great contempt of God and Christ and eternal salvation. (You) scarcely give those things a hearing. As much as ever, you know what is said, and the longer you live in the enjoyment of the word of God in the
8. Although JE numbered this head, no other major numbered heads appear in the Application.

instructions (of my sermons), the further you are from yielding: farther from it now than you was several years ago. (You are) more regardless, (though you) have more need, (and your) guilt (is) vastly greater. But (you are) more careless, your heart is harder, and there is less hope (that) attends your circumstances. You have had the word of God, in the commands and warnings of it, much longer than Pharaoh. Your light, that you have lived under, (has been) vastly greater than his-(there is) no comparison in many respects vastly greater motives (have been) set before you: eternal damnation (has been represented) more clearly, (as well as) God’s great love, (his) greater offers (and) more glorious invitations. Your sin doubtless (is) vastly more aggravated (and) exposed to a more terrible punishment. I doubt not but that it may be said of very many gospel sinners—yea, the greater part of those that have lived long under the clear light of the gospel and have not yielded-it shall be more tolerable for Pharaoh. Pharaoh refused to yield to the word of God by Moses, that spoke on earth, but what says the Apostle? Heb. 10:28-29, “He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?” And again in Heb. 12:25, “Refuse not him that speaketh (from heaven).”9 The things that you harden yourself against that are contained in the word, and that you refused to bow before, are great things indeed; (for) the word (is) not of men. The positive commands of the great Jehovah, the threatenings (and) the promises, (even) the exhibition of the dying love of Christ: (all are in evidence) when God is graciously striving with you, as it were, if possible to prevail upon you by such great and infinitely important motives, (but) you stand it out.

But consider how great is the folly of thus hardening yourself against God. So surely as there is a God, so surely he will prevail. His designs and ends shall take effect: ’tis in vain (to harden yourself, for) none ever hardened himself against (the power of Jehovah). Why should a poor worm of the dust enter into and obstinately maintain a contest with (God), as though he had hope that his strength would prevail (and he) could make his part good? How foolish is this obstinacy! Consider what will be the issue of it. ‘Tis an omnipotent being that you are so stiffly and obstinately
9. JE deletes: “Let such sinners Consider how great is the folle folly of thus hardening Thems. against the word of God.”

opposing, and you must find what omnipotence is. God has declared that he will magnify himself, (and he has) undertaken it, (as) belongs to him. He has given the greatest assurance, has lift his hand to heaven, and what hope therefore can you shave) that you shall not be finally broken by the power of God’s hand-agreeable to the doctrine—if you continue still? Now you may, according to your wonted strange stupidity and sottishness, make light of these things-hear ’em without regarding them but you will find these things to be true if you continue: you will find what it is to fall into the hands of the living God. (You will find) what it is to grapple with omnipotence in wrath, without pity or mercy; what it is to have to deal with the great Jehovah as an incensed, inexorable enemy, when all mercy is laid aside and all its exercises (are) at an end forever. Then you will know what the will of God is, which God intends to make known, that you may know it and that all may see it, and know how foolish and how dreadful a thing it is for any to presume to contemn him and fight against him. Your inward sense and experience—what you will feel, which none can even utter or conceive—will teach you every moment throughout eternity what a being the great God is, when manifesting his greatness and glory in the fierceness of his indignation. You will know that which now never in this world is known, viz. the power of God’s anger. You will know what it is to feel it; (you) will feel the pressing weight of it-know what it is to be crushed, ground to powder-(and you will) sink down in eternal death under it. And (you will) know what God is, an infinitely great God and (an) almighty God, and (an) infinitely just and holy God, when all (is) manifested in a flame of wrath. (You will) know what it is to be burnt, and burn alive and be tormented, when this great and infinitely holy God himself is the flame. Is. 10:17, “The light of Israel shall be for a flame.” We read that God is love. The saints shall enjoy him when all (is) flaming out in love. And as God is love, so also is he wrath: hatred and wrath against the ungodliness and unrighteousness of men; and the wicked in hell shall be acquainted with him and have to do with him, all exerted and appearing in wrath. Neither the love nor wrath of God are different from his essence, and therefore we may be sure that when (God) displays his love, that it may be seen what the love of a God is; and also when he (displays his) wrath, (it may be similarly seen what his wrath is). Both will be unspeakable, and as God’s glory in your ruin will be great, so will your misery be unutterably great. It will, as was observed, utterly destroy you; your hands can’t be strong (against the infinite power of God). This great God, by the power of whose mighty arm you shall be broken, has you wholly in his hands in body and soul, and will make you perfectly miserable in both. He has your body in his hands (and) is able to inflict pain and torment; (he) can fill it all over (with pain), within and without, (and he) wants not for means. He can kindle a fire, (for he) wants not fuel: (he) can turn this whole visible universe into a furnace, and will do it: all the matter of the visible creation shall be for fuel, and the breath of the Lord shall kindle and blow up the fire. The infinite majesty and omnipotent power of God shall appear in the fierce heat and raging flames of that great furnace. Who can tell how dreadful (it will be)? But you will know. This will be your dwelling place forever. In this you shall lose yourself, and plunge and fall: with those flames you shall conflict and struggle with mighty contention and convulsions; in such a furnace shall you go on to shriek and gnash your teeth, while your soul is tormented in a more dreadful furnace than this (where) God (is) more immediately (present). What would it be to endure this misery one quarter of an hour? We can conceive but little what it would be: we can think of lying in a fiery oven, or such a furnace as is used for the running (of) metals or melting stones and sand into glass, for an quarter of an hour, full all over of quick sense, but can conceive of but little of this; and if we could conceive fully of it, it would give no idea (of the actuality)—the shadow is too faint, (and) ’tis doubtless as nothing to it. If you had endured one such quarter of an hour, it would be dismal to think (of), and if you knew that there was danger of your enduring another such quarter of an hour—though only a thousand years hence—it would greatly affect you. But if to endure this one quarter of an hour be (so terrible), what would it be to endure (such torment) throughout all eternity? Thus it will surely be with you, if you continue (as you are): through an endless eternity, that eternity that has no end, to which millions of ages bears no greater proportion (than a quarter of an hour, for it) never will be nearer to (an) end.

The world has stood to a long age; ’tis a great while since Adam and Eve. But if we should suppose as many such ages as there (are) particles of dust in the whole globe of the earth, so long a time must you remain in hell. And if this ben’t all, how long would it be, supposing you were to run on the globe of the earth after that manner? How long would the time seem! If you (know) there will come such a time, and then will be another as long a time yet remaining, and another at the end of that, yea, millions and millions of millions—such long spaces to run through, and after all (that), no nearer (to an end). And remember that all this
1. MS: “then you will.”

while you will have no rest. Rev 14:11, “No rest day nor night.” And you will know that your misery is to have no end, but will endure through an absolute eternity; (you) will be in absolute, perfect despair. Is. 38:18, “They that go down into the pit cannot hope.” You will look forward, (your) mind intensely engaged, (and you) will not be able to help this intenseness of thought; (you) will have a great sense (of your condition). How dismal will this despair be: if you had only a sharp toothache, but what is this! You will have as strong a desire after happiness then as now, and as great an aversion to misery; a being used (to it) will not make you reconciled to it: pain and torment will be not the less dreadful. There will be a vast struggle of nature, and with al a vast and as it were infinite amazement, in knowing that there shall be no relief. In these circumstances you will be wholly without consolation: no comfortable society, no friend, none to pity you, no comfortable or alleviating circumstance whatsoever. What darkness and discouragement will there be! How doleful will all things look, whatever you see, whatever you think of. There will be that gloom: that perfect discouragement and sinking of heart, and dismal woe and blackness of darkness, that no tongue can utter. These things are no fables or bugbears, (but) reality (and) certain truth. They are rational. (You have no just cause to question, (since it is) not incredible for being so dreadful, but the more rational for that. (It is) not incredible because you don’t see how (your conduct) deserves so dreadful a punishment. Why should you disbelieve? You provoke God enough, and God is able to make you thus miserable: and if he is able, he has declared he will make his power known. And consider, these dreadful things are not rare things. Very many (suffer the displeasure of God)—few escape—and such as you are, when they die, suffer the heaviest degree of this wrath. (Those who) neglect so great salvation, (and) sin against the Savior, turn mercy into wrath and suffer the wrath of the Lamb. ‘Tis not merely a possible thing that what you have heard of may be your eternal lot and portion, but there is very great danger. ‘Tis looked upon that a man’s life is much in danger when he goes into the wars, especially when he engages in the field of battle; but the artillery of heaven, this dreadful wrath of God, slays many more in proportion than are slain of those that go abreast against the mouths of roaring cannon in the field of battle. And then consider further that, as now you have no security, so it is a matter will (be) quickly determined. Men quickly come to have their eternal state determined (and the) sentence passed: God’s eternal decrees concerning them are kept secret but a little while. How swiftly do men run through life and pass over into eternity, to go into appear before the judge? How many have gone out of the world that you have known has sat and heard such things as ease and many a sermon, young and old. They were told how that life was short. Eternity is coming. That the time should come and they would be convinced. They now all know their state. What strange madness isn’t that you that yet survive and have seen all the things yet remain unawakened. This such Providence is added to such warnings as have been given you from time to time are all in vain? How dark does your case appear? And indeed, when I went about preparing this discourse, it was with considerable discouragement. I thought it was now some time since I had offered any discourse of this nature. But so many had been offered with so little apparent effect that I thought with myself—I don’t know what further to say! But, however, because I warn you from God, whether you will hear or whether he will forbear, I have warned you again. It has now been tried once more whether you will yield to the power of God’s word, to the force of the awful warnings and threatening switch a word of God sets before you. If you will not hear now, you may possibly solemnly lay the things to heart when you come to die. And if you continue in your stupidity to the last, being given up of God to a dreadful degree of hardness that is beyond the alarm of approaching death, which is the case with some. Yet as soon as ever you are dead, you will be fully sensible of all. You will be as one that wakes out of sleep.

Leaving the effect with God, I will once more give you some counsel proper for your present circumstances and a few particulars—

1. Have so much pity and compassion on yourself at least as to take some care about your salvation. You don’t know but the things are true—take some care of your own soul.

2. Have done with balking between opinions. Come to a determination that you will stand by—that you shall have no cause to repent of on a deathbed.

3. Don’t go on in such a way with regards to your salvation, which is contrary to the dictates of your own understanding and reason. Your own understanding tells you not to be unreasonable with regards to neglecting opportunities—with regards to refuse and to harken—not considering, and delays and procrastinations.

4. If you have any thoughts of taking any care to escape damnation under a notion, that what your Scripture says about it is true. Then consider thoroughly what a work you have to do and what to change the Scripture says you must pass under.

5. You are under any trouble or concern of mind about God’s wrath. Don’t do as Pharaoh did when God disturbed his repose. Pharaoh is hard-hearted as he was he had entertained some thoughts of letting the people go. He made promises. Exodus 8:8—then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron and said, entreat the Lord that He may take away the frogs from me and from my people, and I will let the people go that they may do sacrifice to the Lord. And Exodus 8:28—and Pharaoh said, I will let you go that you may sacrifice to the Lord your God in the wilderness, only you shall not go very far away, entreat for me. And Exodus 9:27-28, in Exodus 10:16-18—then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste and he said, I have sinned against the Lord your God and against you. Now therefore forgive I pray you, my sin only this once and entreat the Lord your God that He may take away from me this death, only. And it went out from Pharaoh and entreated the Lord. Pharaoh was brought to confess the sin, was seeming humility—Exodus 10:16-17. Pharaoh was for contriving that God might be favored, and he enjoy his lusts as well. Go ye, sacrifice to your God and the land. You shall not go far away, let the men go, but leave their cattle. He was afterwards contented for a season to let all go. If you follow his example, you must expect that your end will be like his. Though he would think to save himself, yet he never truly yielded to the power of God’s Word. The right hand of the Lord will become glorious and dash you and pieces. You will sink like lead in the mighty floods of his wrath, and with all those billows of wrath eternally rolling over you.