Why did God let Satan fall from being an angel to becoming the devil? Why didn’t God just kill him there and then? Why does God let him have so much power and success in the world? If we haven’t asked these questions ourselves, we’ve surely been asked them at times. In some ways, these are impossible questions to answer. We’re left with, “I just don’t know,” which doesn’t help us or anyone else who’s asking.
But God’s treatment of wicked Pharaoh in Exodus 9 provides some answers—though probably not all the answers—to these awkward and challenging questions.