As we read through Exodus 12, we might be overwhelmed with the rush of details leading up to Israel’s departure from their Egyptian captivity. The details of the Passover observance are rich and theologically weighty. The death and wailing through the land is sobering. The release and plundering are affirming. So it is easy for us to miss a detail that seems small but is actually quite significant: As Pharaoh tells Moses to take his people and leave, he asks Moses to bless him (v. 32). This is important because blessings always move from the superior to the subordinate. So in this moment, by this simple request, Pharaoh is acknowledging what God wanted him to learn all along—that God was greater.
We cannot go too far and see this as a salvific experience for Pharaoh. After this, he will chase after Moses and the Israelites to slaughter them or recapture them. But this request is further evidence of God’s wisdom in hardening Pharaoh’s heart. Through his hardness of heart, Pharaoh, and no doubt many other Egyptians, finally came to see and acknowledge God’s glory.
In what ways might God be using you to reveal His glory to others, even through your suffering and adversity?