Exodus 14:17 And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.
God wants Egypt and the world to know who He is and what He can do. He is the only God. Egypt has many gods. He has been destroying these gods systematically.
Now Egypt surrenders and decides to allow Moses to lead the nation of Israel out of bondage. God tells Moses that He will harden Pharaoh’s heart and cause him to follow the Israelites. God will destroy Pharaoh and Egypt. He will not kill them just to destroy an enemy. God’s purpose will be to honor Himself.
God wants Egypt and the world to know that He alone is God. There is no other. The Egyptians will recognize Him for who He is. The Israelites will know that He is very God. The world will know.
God still wants honor today. Our lives and ministries should give Him that honor. We live concerned with Him and His glory. He is the motivating factor in our lives. He is our reason for living. It is all about Him.