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"'But I will make Pharaoh's heart stubborn so I can multiply my miraculous signs and wonders in the land of Egypt. Even then Pharaoh will refuse to listen to you. So I will bring down my fist on Egypt. Then I will rescue my forces—my people, the Israelites—from the land of Egypt with great acts of judgment. When I raise my powerful hand and bring out the Israelites, the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD.'"
God tells Moses that God himself will be the one behind Pharaoh's hardened heart. Why? So that he can reveal his power and ultimately cause everyone to realize who he is ("the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD"). God is always revealing his character. What he reveals of his character at any particular time aligns with his purposes and his relationship with humans. In this case, he is about to reveal his judgments, his power, and his ability and desire to rescue his special people.