Throughout the book of Exodus the narrative of Moses is explained from the beginning to end. From his birth as a Hebrew, to his rise as an Egyptian leader, followed by his calling to save the Israelites from their captivity, Moses was seen as favored in the eyes of God. This explicit account of one of the Hebrew Bible’s most admired leaders points its readers to ‘new’ idiosyncrasies of God that had not yet been revealed in the previous documented accounts of Genesis. The relationship of Moses and God unmatched by previous correlations between the ‘Creator’ and his ‘Creation’. Though Moses is seemingly an unlikely character to be chosen for a such a momentous position of influence, his faith (and lack thereof) are utilized in ways unforeseen to the readers of Exodus.
The question remains, why Moses? Why does God choose an individual who doesn’t necessarily want to be chosen? As we all know, Moses is anything but perfect. He continually chooses disobedience and cowardliness over confidence and unshaken faithfulness. The idea of God using the imperfect to carry out his plans of perfection is an aspect that will be further dissected. God’s relentless attitude of seeking after his people through unexpected leaders in unpredictable circumstances is evident in the book of Exodus. This somewhat ambiguous character of God is revealed tremendously throughout the Moses narrative, and is something that will be examined in my paper.
It is known that Moses acts as the liaison between God and the Israelites as well as the Pharaoh. However throughout the accounts of Exodus, God uses other tools to communicate to his people in ways that can only be seen as supernatural. In a sense, he uses his creation to interact with his created. Fire, bodies of water, locusts, and livestock all earn places on the lengthy list of ways God attempts to get humanity’s attention. By using sources that explore the human races’ discernment of God such as Drubach and Claassen’s Perception and the Awareness of God, I hope to further explain the manifestation of God in the life of Moses and the Israelites and how it created the ideologies of present day monotheism.
Finally, I hope to explore how the Exodus is culturally relevant the modern day ‘Exodus’ of political power in Egypt. The current news is flooded with headlines that depict a country in a situation that parallels the circumstances of the nation’s history thousands of years prior to recent events. While there are obvious differences in the historical perspectives, what are the similarities? Based on what we’ve seen so far in Egypt today, what can we expect to happen that will parallel that of biblical Egypt? I hope to explore the cultural significance of this recent revolution and compare it to that of the Exodus described in the Hebrew Bible.
While some of the specifics of my paper have not yet been ironed out, I plan to accomplish the points outlined above. Examining why God chose the unlikely figure of Moses and why he needed him to communicate with the Israelites, how the character of God develops throughout the Exodus narrative, and how the story relates to modern day Egypt are just some of the questions that I will strive to answer.