As the World turns #2 (PG)

                                                Part Two {PG}

 I noticed in Part One that women have little contact with God. They seem to have two functions, to bear children and wash the men’s feet. Maybe they will be given some other assignments as I read on.

 Jacob came to Egypt with 70 family members who were put into slavery by the Egyptians. Joseph died and his generation joined them. They were very fruitful and soon filled the land. They multiplied so fast they could have been Catholics or Mormons. Even the homosexuals must have deviated and had children. When the Jews left Egypt there were six hundred thousand men, not counting the women and children and most of the women were probably pregnant.

When the King died and a new King took over he feared the strength of the growing Jewish population and made them work under inhumane conditions. They kept multiplying, so he tried to solve the problem by having all newborn baby boys killed. One Jewish mother put her baby boy in a basket and put him in the bulrushes. I guess we all know the story of Moses and the Pharaoh’s daughter.

Moses grew into manhood and one day he saw an Egyptian beating a Jew, so he killed him. He became afraid the Pharaoh would hear of this and kill him, so he fled to another land. One day at the well he met some pretty girls and they took him home with them. He had a little affair with one of the girls, Zipporah. They eventually married and had a son Gershon. Moses was lucky he committed the murder before going up on the mountain to get the Ten Commandments or he would have lost his job. 

 One day while tending his father in-law’s sheep he came upon a bush that was on fire but didn’t burn up. The voice of God came out of the bush and told Moses he wanted him to deliver the Jews from Egypt. Moses didn’t want to do this as he had a low self-concept. He felt he had an uncircumcised lip and couldn’t express himself verbally. God solved that problem by having his brother Aaron speak for him.       

 The Lord taught Moses and Aaron a few magic tricks to impress the Pharaoh, such as turning a rod into a snake, turning water into blood, and similar tricks. Moses and Aaron met with the Pharaoh and turned the rod into a snake, turned the Nile into blood killing all the fish, covered the land with frogs, flies, locust, killing the Egyptian’s cattle, and yet the Pharaoh hardened his heart and wouldn’t set the Jews free. God said he did this to show the Jews and Egyptians that he was a powerful God. I think he went to extremes, but who am I to question a supreme being. Exodus 10: 1-2, Then the Lord said to Moses, go to the Pharaoh; for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants that I may show these signs of mine among them, and that you may tell in the hearing of your sons  how I have made sport of the Egyptians and what signs I have done among them that you may know I am the Lord.

 I now know why the Jews are called the chosen people. God sure gave the Arabs a hard time although he procrastinated in freeing the Jews, as it took more than 400 yrs. I wonder if that is why the Jews and Arabs are still fighting. God was really ready to take action now. He told Moses to have the Jews kill a lamb and use its blood to mark their residence. He had warned the Pharaoh that he was going to kill all first born children and cattle, but would pass over residences marked with lamb’s blood.

This was the beginning of Passover. People to be saved must be circumcised and have unleavened bread for seven days. God really had a fetish with penises. I imagine there were a lot of painful men for a week or so. This should keep the men sterile for a week or so. I’m glad I met God’s criteria while an infant. 

Moses told the Pharaoh about what was going to happen, but he didn’t believe it. When the Lord put his threat into action the Pharaoh’s heart softened and he freed the Jews. God mapped the journey and had them take a longer route so they would have to cross the Red Sea. It took forty years which eliminated many from ever reaching their homeland. It would also increase the population as the Jews would still be multiplying during this time. The only reason I can think of for this long route would be that The Lord really had it in for the Egyptians and wanted to wipe them out in the Red Sea. It seems with his power he could have found a better way. I think everyone knows the story of the parting of the water and the drowning of the Egyptians. Charlton Heston, NRA President, played the part of Moses in the movie and he wanted to use guns to kill the enemy, but the director wanted to be authentic. Moses and his people were now in the wilderness and did a lot of murmuring about food and water, but the Lord came to the rescue by raining bread from the heavens and gave Moses the power to use his magic rod to get water from rocks. They also had a war with some group, but Moses used his magic rod to control the outcome.

The Exodus up to now has been an extravagant Magic Show. It seems to me that with all the magic powers the problems between the Jews and Egyptians could have been solved less violently 400 yrs. earlier.

Now that the Jews were out of bondage God set the rules for his chosen people. He enacted many ordinances which included The Ten Commandments. Some of his laws were hard to understand, such as condoning slavery. Maybe the Southerners were just following Exodus before the Civil War. He had laws about the procedure for buying Hebrew slaves. There were different rules for male and females. Daughters given as slaves could be returned if they didn’t meet the standards of the slave owners. Males and their families were freed after six years.  Read the many other rules read in Exodus 21-24    

The Lord didn’t do all this for no return. He ordered poor Moses to climb Mt. Sinai and he fasted for forty days and nights. Besides engraving the Ten Commandments he was given instructions to get an offering from every man to build a sanctuary to him. He was very picky about all details of the building and furnishing of the tabernacle. He was very partial to gold and I wonder where they found it? He also gave strict instructions as to how certain people were to dress. The Tabernacle was used to guide the travel of his people. When there was a cloud over it they didn’t travel, otherwise they traveled.

Forty was a popular number in those days, from Noah to the forty-year journey to Moses’ 40 day stay on Mt. Sinai.

Genesis and Exodus are too complicated for me to really understand, but have gotten a general idea why there are so many different interpretations and disagreements about it. To be completely honest one must have a vivid imagination in accepting these chapters completely. It sounded like something Steven Spielberg would have written. The writers could have saved a lot of labor by not going into detail on things that didn’t contribute to the story.

                                                 7/23/01                               

  

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2 responses to “As the World turns #2 (PG)

  1. yep…the old testament can be a puzzle especially looking back at it so many years later. My kids don’t even get the references from the 60’s and 70’s, I’m sure we miss alot thousands of years later! It seemed to me for many years that God had changed from the old and new tesament. I don’t think it is God who changes, just the people who write.

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