Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste; and he said, I have sinned against the LORD your God, and against you.…
I. IT PROCEEDS FROM THE IMPULSE OF THE MOMENT, AND NOT FROM CONSCIENTIOUS CONVICTION.
II. IT IS MARKED BY SELFISH TERROR, AND NOT BY A GODLY SORROW FOR SIN.
III. IT CRAVES FORGIVENESS OF AN IMMEDIATE OFFENCE, RATHER THAN A THOROUGH CLEANSING OF THE HEART.
IV. IT CONFIDES IN THE INTERCESSION OF A FELLOW-MORTAL, RATHER THAN IN THE PERSONAL HUMBLING OF THE SOUL BEFORE GOD. Christ is the only Mediator.
V. IT REGARDS GOD MORE AS A TERRIBLE DEITY WHOSE WRATH IS TO BE APPEASED, THAN AS THE INFINITE FATHER WHOSE LOVE IS BETTER THAN LIFE.
VI. IT EXPRESSES A PROMISE OF AMENDMENT WHICH IS FALSIFIED BY PREVIOUS DISSEMBLINGS.Lessons:
1. To be sure that our repentance is genuine.
2. To bring forth fruit meet for repentance in daily conduct.
3. Not to pass a hasty judgment on the repentance of men. Half the Revivalists of the day would have called Pharaoh a true convert; time tests conversion.
(J. S. Exell, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste; and he said, I have sinned against the LORD your God, and against you.