Proclaim my name! (Rom 9:17)

“The scripture says

To Pharaoh.

‘I have raised you up

For the very purpose

Of showing

My power in you,

So that my name

May be proclaimed

In all the earth.’”

λέγει γὰρ ἡ γραφὴ τῷ Φαραὼ ὅτι Εἰς αὐτὸ τοῦτο ἐξήγειρά σε, ὅπως ἐνδείξωμαι ἐν σοὶ τὴν δύναμίν μου, καὶ ὅπως διαγγελῇ τὸ ὄνομά μου ἐν πάσῃ τῇ γῇ.

Paul said that the scripture said (λέγει γὰρ ἡ γραφὴ) to Pharaoh (τῷ Φαραὼ) that he had raised him up (ἐξήγειρά σε) for the very purpose (ὅτι Εἰς αὐτὸ τοῦτο) of showing God’s power in him (ὅπως ἐνδείξωμαι ἐν σοὶ τὴν δύναμίν μου), so that his name (τὸ ὄνομά μου) might be proclaimed (καὶ ὅπως διαγγελῇ) in all the earth (ἐν πάσῃ τῇ γῇ).  Only the Pauline letters used these words, ἐξήγειρά, that means to raise up or arouse, and the word, ἐνδείξωμαι, that means to indicate by word or act, to prove, or show forth.  This scripture quotation was based on Exodus, chapter 9:16. “But this is why I have let you live to show you my power, and to make my name resound through all the earth.”  This is what Yahweh told Moses to say to Pharaoh, when he was talking about the seventh plague.  All the people of the earth would hear about the power of Yahweh, and what he had done to Pharaoh, who was the powerful ruler in Egypt.  Paul indicated that God showed his power via the powerful here on earth.  Do you know the role of Pharaoh in Israelite history?