Day 77 - Exodus 7

V. 1-7 God was going to bring Israel out of Egypt "by great judgments" (punishments).
V. 3 Some might think that God hardened Pharaoh's heart first, but this is not so. Pharaoh hardened it first (5:2), although God does tell us beforehand that He knew he would refuse to let the Israelites go out of Egypt (3:19).
V. 14-25 The Lord begins His great punishments over the whole land of Egypt. But men under the power of Satan (verse 22), also do great things, and the king continues not listening to the Lord. Pharaoh was so hard-hearted (verse 23) that he does not even feel disturbed by the troubles of his own people as they search for water to drink. It was the Lord in His mercy Who stopped this first punishment (verse 25).