The scared God through Exodus

Throughout the first two books of the old testament God shows his control over the human, animals and world he has created. Yet throughout the first book of Genesis he doesn’t express himself much as a character even though he was the one to create everything he doesn’t feel the need to express as much that he was the one to create everything. This is true until you reach the second book Exodus when God helps the Israelites escape from the Egyptians which enslaved them. God does this by using his “chosen” one Moses, however for this project im not focusing on Moses I am focusing more on why now God feels the need to prove to all the Israelites he is the one who has done all the “miracles” for them. I first began to analyze this while reading Exodus 16.11-16.12.

The Lord spoke to Moses: ” I have heard all the grumbling of the Israelites. Speak to them and say: By evening you shall eat flesh, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread: and you shall know that I the Lord am your God.”

From reading this it expresses many things to me about the character God; You see that He is a caring person by supplying the Israelites with what they need, Can analyzes that He is showing himself as a powerful person by talking through someone rather than speaking himself, or the most important at least to me is you can see him as being scared by analyzing the last line “you shall know that I the Lord am your God“. It’s almost as though he is worried that the other “Gods” the Israelites had known of would get the credit or even Moses would get the credit for the past occurrences instead of himself God for what he had done for the Israelites.

Throughout this project I would like to come up with better reasoning why God feels the need to set his “stronghold” of him being true and real through the Israelites, making sure that they know him, what he has done and will do. To me Exodus 20.2-20.6 gives a perfect example of God wanting to place his “stronghold” in the Israelite people.

“I the Lord am your God who brough you out of the land of Egypt, the house of bondage:  You shall have no other gods besides Me.”

“You shall not make for yourself a sculptured image, or any likeness of what is in the heavens above, or on the earth below, or in the waters under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them. For I the Lord your God am an impassioned God, visiting the guilt of the parents upon the children, upon the third and upon the kindness to the thousandth generation of those who love Me and keep My commandments.”

 By telling the Israelites that he is their God and addressing that there is no one else for them to serve it’s as though he is placing all his eggs in one basket. Giving a clear reason why he could be scared/worried, if these people don’t believe in him as he commands he will have to destroy his creations and start over one again.

As previously stated i am wanting to focus on why the “Almighty” one is feeling the need to be known by the lesser ones he has created by analyzing the lines in Exodus I have acknowledged already and many more. Why should/would the one with all the power want to know/have the Israelite people he had created know, love and worship him when he knows he can just start the creation all over again?

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2 Responses to The scared God through Exodus

  1. suzimills says:

    Maybe it was not just for the Israelites that God decided to show Himself? There is reference in Exodus of God wanting to show himself mightly to other nations. But it was important for the Israelites to understand because they are the ones who had to record the information for future generations. I like your idea and your approach is interesting.

  2. Brandon Nelson says:

    This is a good look into one of those questions that we probably won’t ever know the answer to: “What is our purpose?”

    You seem to suggest that we are here to worship and obey God, reminding Him that His creations weren’t complete failures or something like that. There are certainly a ton of speculation and theories around our purpose for living, and I look forward to reading your ideas on why we are here.

    The first thing that popped in my head while reading your prospectus was a counterargument: “What is God’s purpose?” Stepping away from a religious background, I think that Exodus points out our need for God to constantly guide us and provide us with the means for survival. This is evident in how the Israelites complain and God provides them with food and maybe more importantly, security.

    I wonder if you will use this essay to discuss both sides of the argument. Can the relationship between humanity and God be so easily defined as “a need for purpose?” You suggest God might need us in order to feel like he has accomplished something, or maybe simply to give him something to do. What I’m wondering is who needs who more, and if God existed without us, maybe He realized that He needed us in order to feel that sense of purpose. As an extension to this thought, shouldn’t we feel like we need Him just as much? (No need to discuss all of this if I sort of got off-topic. Its just what came to mind. Hope this relates to your essay.)

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