Scared God

God the creator of all, the one who can do as he pleases, creates humans to take care of, but for what reason have we been created? Are we(Humans & creatures) here to keep God company or here to supply God with something to do by him taking care of us? By answering these previous questions and one more topic I want to discuss which is how God appears to be scared or almost frightened throughout most of Exodus and a few other parts of the Old Testament. I will highlight different segments that I believe show a strong opinion for God feeling uncomfortable and almost undeceive for what his actions should be. One of these questions which in many eyes could be the most important, why doesn’t God kill the Israelites after they start to worship a Golden statue that they have created? There may be no true answer to these questions but there are many assumptions that can be made as you will see as you read deeper and deeper.

Israelites to Aaron: “Come, make us a god who shall go before us, for that man Moses, who brought us from the land of Egypt- we don’t know what has happened to him.”

(Exodus 32:1-2)

This he (Aaron) took from them (golden rings) and cast in a mold, and made it into a molten calf. And they exclaimed, “This is your god, O Israel, who brought you out of the land of Egypt!”

(Exodus 32:4-5)

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. This is true until you reach the second book Exodus when God helps the Israelites escape from the Egyptians who enslaved them. God begins to express himself by using his “chosen” one Moses.

 

God spoke to Moses and said to him, “I am the LORD I appeared to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as El Shaddai, but did not make myself known to them by My name ‘Adonai’.”

(Exodus 6:2-4)

Say, therefore, to the Israelite people: I am the LORD. I will free you from the labors of the Egyptians and deliver you from their bondage. I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and through extraordinary chastisements.

(Exodus 6:6-7)

 

However for this project I’m not focusing on Moses, I am focusing more on why in the book of Exodus God feels the need to prove to all the Israelites he is the one who has done all the “extraordinary chastisements” 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. Could this be early evidence showing that God has created us so he doesn’t feel alone? By looking at Gods relationship with the Israelites you could answer that questions with yes. But why?

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, and know what he has done and will do for them. 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 brought 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. This being a clear example of why he could be scared/worried, if these people don’t believe in him as he commands he will have to destroy them (his creations) and start over once again. If Gods people the Israelites do disobey him will God stand his ground and destroy these people or will he be to frightened to be alone? The first shown example of the Israelites disobeying God is Exodus 32:1-6, following the Israelites creation of a god to worship you see Gods first reaction.

 

The LORD further said to Moses, “I see that his is a stiffnecked people. Now, let Me be, that My anger may blaze forth against them and that i may destroy them, and make of you a great nation.”

(Exodus 32:9-10)

So its true, God doesn’t need the Israelites as assumed from these lines. Moses is all he needs, there are many other people that God and Moses can aquire to worship him. But why do the Israelites still stand, why were they not set ablaze?

“Moses implored the LORD his God, saying, “Let not Your anger, O LORD blaze forth against your people, whom You delivered from the land of Egypt. Let not the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that He delivered them, only to kill them off in the mountains and annihilate them from the face of the earth.”

Moses, not only the savoir to the Israelites but also to his own God. Without the advice from Moses God would have set his people ablaze and once again been alone. Not only would he have been alone but he would have aquired the title of annihilator across His world. This creating a gigantic problem for a being who feels the need to have the acknowledgement of many. Who would want to follow and worship a God who is known for annihilating his own people atop a mountain? Not only now have God’s people disobeyed him by creating and worshiping another god He himself doesn’t know how to react. Fear and worry, the two biggest emotions to subside people from taking action.

And the LORD renounced the punishment He had planned to bring upon His people.
(Exodus 32:14)

Fear and worry the two strongest emotions show themselves again, this time through God letting his people go unharmed from his hand at least. God can’t have his creations thinking of him as an annihilator causing them to not worship him out of trust and love but out of fear and worry. However God knowing he can’t let his people think they can do what they please with no punishment, so unknowing to most God works through his people, the ones who are there for the LORD.

“Whoever is for the LORD, come here!”

(Exodus 32:26)

“Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Each of you put a sword on thigh, go back and forth from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay brother, neighbor, and kin”

(Exodus 32:27)

 

 

 

1. After getting this far with my paper i believe i have build a strong stance with my opinion on God have emotions that change his ideas. I want to know if anyone else agrees.

2.I have looked over Exodus a few times and to my knowledge i think ive gotten most of the main scriptures which help support my opinion. Does anyone recall any i am missing?

3.I know my grammer and stucture my not be the best right now, i will clear that up more once i finialize this paper. However if anyone is reading over this and a thought comes to your mind of how i could fix any part please mention it, wont bother me at all if mistakes are pointed out.

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3 Responses to Scared God

  1. cmweid2 says:

    Your intro doesn’t necessarily fit together well, I don’t think. I don’t see a need to mention “were we created to tend the earth?” or “were we created just to give god something to do?” I think that if this is re-worded, it could work as a better intro but by asking these two questions, I don’t think it has a good connection to explaining the lead up to “god as a scared god”.

    I’m very confused about the importance of bringing the golden calf into the picture. To me, it has nothing to do with god as a fearful character. I understand you bring it up to answer the question of “why didn’t god just kill them off after this” but at the same time, it is out of place (also one can argue that he didn’t kill them bc he made the promise to Noah in genesis that he would not ever destroy the earth again.

    I would like to see more evidence of why you think a very simple declaration of “I am the Lord you God” is evidence of God creating people for company.
    I also see your thoughts thus far are very scattered between, “why were we created” and “God is scared”….it does not seem to be flowing very well (although I do understand you will work on a better draft later on, but this is just what I am seeing now).

    I think some of your scripture referenced (more specifically Exodus 32:9-10) shows more so God as an angry god, rather than in a state of fear.

  2. lmwa223 says:

    You have an excellent start here! However, I am a little confused about your introduction. It does not seem to flow smoothly into the rest of your paper. When you are writing your final draft, maybe consider how you can ask more relevant questions that apply to the overall thesis of your paper. Maybe it is just because it is the first draft, but I was missing all of your outside sources that should be incorporated into your text. I feel as though once you do some research and couple it with the biblical references you have, it will strengthen the points you are making about a ‘scared God’. Maybe some psychological studies would be of help? I really like how you are pulling multiple biblical sources, but it might be more beneficial to really dissect a few passages instead of quoting verse after verse of instances of a frightened God. It’s kind of like the ‘microcosm vs. macrocosm’ that we discussed in class. You’re topic is really interesting and I can’t wait to read the final product. Good luck!

  3. S.Donoho says:

    This is a good start but I’m not sure what your thesis is and if the paper really follows it all the way through. Maybe you could tie being scared and being angry together somehow. Does anyone ever act angry when in fact, they are scared? Also, I didn’t see any sources other than the class reading. You may be able to strengthen your paper with insight from other scholarly sources.

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