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finally convince them to allow the Children of Israel to leave. (Ex. Ch. 3 Vs. 19-20).
Why did all the Egyptians have to suffer because of the obstinacy of Pharaoh? The Bible tells
us that God strengthened Pharaoh’s heart. Pharaoh considered himself the god and fount of all law in
Egypt. There could not be anything greater than him. His obstinacy grew with each of the plagues.
The ordinary Egyptians went along with this and as their European successors three thousand years
later were, were enthusiastic in carrying out Pharaoh’s decree of slavery and worse, of the Children of
An important concept in Judaism is repentance. We have free will but God has created the
Universe with mercy as well as with justice. In the story of the Golden Calf where Israel sinned
almost at the very moment that they accepted the Torah at Sinai (Ex.Ch.33 V.33-34), Moses pleads for
mercy for the Children of Israel and in Ex. Ch. 34.V6. he calls on God with the 13 attributes among
them being a God who is "Merciful, Long Suf...
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