Tuesday, October 6, 2009

31: Inspection & Exodus: In Review

Exodus 39-40
They make the priestly garments as instructed, and Moses inspects everything to make sure it's right. Then they actually set up the tabernacle, as God commanded Moses.

God then came down, and hung out in the tabernacle I guess.

Exodus: In Review
In Exodus, God really begins revealing his character. He starts the book by forcing the Egyptians to resist him to further his "glory". He continues his trend of punishing people by association. When the Pharaoh will not let the people go (keep in mind that God wont let him set the Israelites free) he punished everyone that was an Egyptian. What was the crime of the average Egyptian? Being born in Egypt? Then God "the destroyer" kills every Egyptian firstborn child. This would presumably include babies and small children. What could they possibly done to deserve death?

The Israelis leave Egypt finally. God takes his chosen people into the dessert and they camp for an indefinite period of time. As a side note, why is he only choosing one people to be his "chosen" people? They are obviously not any better than anyone else in the world (as shown by their constant rebellion against a God they fear).

A final question as I leave Exodus. Is it more consistent that an all knowing God would choose this obviously flawed and disloyal people as his "chosen people", or is it more consistent that a flawed people would declare themselves the chosen people and back it up by writing a book about all the miracles they supposedly witnessed?

2 comments:

  1. LilmissblasphemyApril 2, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    Me thinks the second choice would be more logical than God. Altho as it would seem, God has no idea what he is doing,so him choosing the obviously flawed doesn't seem so far-out there.

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  2. "As a side note, why is he only choosing one people to be his "chosen" people? They are obviously not any better than anyone else in the world (as shown by their constant rebellion against a God they fear)."

    This kind of argument (not put quite this way) was advanced by Christians against the Jews since the 1st century: The Jews obviously were not God's chosen people since he had to punish them so often for their disobedience.

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