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2011-10-07

Okay, we’re back on track. Exodus 11:4-10 finishes the conversation that Pharaoh and Moses had started earlier. Remember when Pharaoh told Moses that the next time he see’s his face Moses will die, and then Moses got all smug? Well, it turns out the reason that Moses was so smug was because he knew that God had already planned on murdering millions of people in Egypt!

Moses warns Pharaoh that if he doesn’t let the Israelites go, then at midnight, God will go out into Egypt and personally murder every single first born of Egypt. From the children of the lowly slaves to the children of the Pharaoh himself. But just to show he’s not screwing around, God will even murder the first born among the cattle (their third extinction?). But God will be good to his chosen people, and all of the Israelites will be spared this gruesome fate.

Now surely Pharaoh won’t refuse them this time? After all, he knows full well that a God who can block out the sun, cause fiery hail, and obliterate every plant in the region must also be capable of such a criminal genocide. Surely Pharaoh will let them go? But no, God steps in and hardens his heart—the Israelites must stay.

I can only imagine the internal conflict that must have raged on in Pharaoh’s head. Here he is, knowing that his refusal will mean the death of thousands of innocent men, boys, and cattle. This will mean the downfall of his entire culture; the nation that he has been charged with defending and expanding will come toppling down around him… and yet, he says no. He wants to say yes, he needs to say yes, but something in his mind forces him to say no.

Despite that being a very dramatic moment, the movie totally screws it up. In the movie, it’s not God, but Pharaoh who decides the final plague should be the death of every first born. Now, I’m not a writer or anything, but how do you confuse those two plots? The writers even invented a side story where Nefretiri saves Moses’ son in order to try and win back his love. But can you blame their lies? Imagine if the writers actually stuck to the bible? Imagine how confused the viewers would be; imagine their disgust in God!

 

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1234567890 writes:

 

I was taught that God sent the angel of death to do the killing and those who marked their house with goat (or some other domestic animal, not sure) blood were spared. Of course only Israelites did that and Egyptians thought they were silly.

I don't have Bible near by so I can't confirm. I'll try to find online version of our local translation.

1234567890 writes:

 

Found it. Whole 11th chapter of Exodus God speaks to Moses, there is no Moses to Pharaoh dialog. Regarding the genocide God says "Svaki će prvorođenac u egipatskoj zemlji umrijeti, ...", meaning "Every firstborn in land of Egypt will die, ...". No mention of angel nor God doing it personally.

Later on, after lengthy description of Pasha, Exodus 12:23 starts with "Kad Jahve bude prolazio da pobije Egipćane" meaning "When Jahve (God, not sure about english translation) comes by to kill Egyptians". That and few verses afterward are clear about God doing the dirty work on his own. And I'm 100% sure teacher in elementary school taught us that God has sent the angel of death.

Baughbe writes:

 

Yeah, in the movies too. And you will get preachers who will say the same thing too. It's surprising how many ministers have never actually read the bible.

TheAlmightyGuru writes:

 

The angel-in-place-of-God is a tradition going back many many years. Renaissance art from centuries ago uses angels to depict scenes even when the bible is clear that God is speaking. I think this is a theological solution meant to solve the issue of seeing God. The bible says that God can't be seen by mortals, so how can he appear to them every couple chapters? Their answer is that he didn't! What the bible -meant- to say is that he sent an angel to act as his avatar.

Allanon6666 writes:

 

You know, it's amazing how when you learn about this as a kid, you never stop and think about what a horrible thing this last plague is. Granted, they skip the part about God forcing the Pharaoh to say no, but even then it's a horrible thing for our "loving" God to commit needless genocide. The bastard is all-powerful, why doesn't he just teleport the Israelites to and from the desert? It seems like that'd be a much more straight forward and convincing thing to do instead of all the plagues.

someguy writes:

 

even as a kid when i saw this i knew there was something very wrong about this whole thing... (not raised christian) i remember it as a child killing black fog. not sure what movie that's from...

need your government to take a different political position than it is taking now? try killing thousands of innocent babies!!!

God the original terrorist

989fox989 writes:

 

Wow, I had no idea God was such a Bastard. This isn't even about freeing the Isrealites to God. He just wants to torture and kill the Egyptians. God would make the perfect psychopathic movie villian.

 

Oh the irony!