“But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let them go. And Pharaoh said unto him, Get thee from me, take heed to thyself, see my face no more; for in that day thou seest my face thou shalt die. And Moses said, Thou hast spoken well, I will see thy face again no more.”Exodus 10:27-29
Grandkids are precious for many reasons, but some say the main reason is because you can send them home if they get to be too much. With your own kids, you are solely responsible for them and you must deal with them on a daily basis. Even my parents have their limitations when it comes to their precious grandbabies.
My mom and dad lived in Chicago but would come to Arizona often to see the grandkids – Rebekah and I simply served as garnish at this point. My mom would come more often as my dad worked, and she would take care of the kids while we were at work. My mom loved to watch the grandbabies as she missed spending time with them when she was back home. It seemed as if the kids could do no wrong until they did. My sister and I did not recognize my parents as they became grandparents, and we would not be alive if we pulled the stunts my kids did. Everyone has their limits though, and Kate learned this the hard way.
Kate was with my mom one day and taking full advantage of being with her Nana instead of her parents. She was acting up and being downright disobedient. She bit Nate, and when my mom told her to stop, she ignored her and did it one more time. My mom had reached her limit and told Kate she was going to spank her. Kate did not miss a beat and simply responded, “You can’t spank me, you’re not my mom, you’re not my dad.” Nate, being a good brother, tried to warn her that Nana indeed had this power, but to no avail. My mom did not take kindly to this, and Kate soon learned that although she had a longer leash with her Nana, the leash had reached its end. Kate, like Nate, learned firsthand that Nana did have the authority over her, and the law won that day.
Pharaoh did not take God seriously, even though he was warned time and time again. After nine of the ten terrible plagues, Pharaoh got so mad at Moses and Aaron that he issued his threat without realizing he would be the one who would perish. He failed to see that he was at eternity’s doorstep. Moses no more came to warn Pharaoh in advance, but only came when Pharaoh called for him after the tragic death of every firstborn of the Egyptians. We don’t like to be told our faults, and in our pride we harden our hearts and do not regard what we have been told. Proverbs 29:1 states, “He, that being often reproved (rebuked) (and) hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.”
Will you be destroyed because you harden your neck at rebuke? Will your pride not allow you to be told that you are wrong? May we humble ourselves to the command of God, and remember He has ways to get our attention when we do not acknowledge and obey His commands. God’s way is always best. Hebrews 3:15 “While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation (rebellion).”