The story of Moses leading his people out of Egypt continues in Exodus 4. The chapter begins with Moses questioning God on what to do if the people don’t believe him. God then turns Mosess staff into a snake to show that Moses is telling the truth.
“Then the Lord said to him, ‘What is that in your hand?’ ‘A staff,’ he replied. The Lord said, ‘Throw it on the ground.’ Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it.” – Exodus 4:2-3
To believe this actually happened is to ignore every single bit of known science in the world. It’s like the talking snake in Genesis and the talking donkey in the New Testament. It simply did NOT happen. To believe so is to ignore all of reality. In addition, why turn the staff into a snake? God has the power to make the people believe Moses by tweaking their minds into believing. Turning a staff into a snake doesn’t prove God. It just shows that Moses has magic abilities. In fact, it’s more likely the people will now believe Moses is God!
“Then the Lord said, ‘Put your hand inside your cloak.’ So Moses put his hand into his cloak, and when he took it out, the skin was leprous — it had become as white as snow.” – Exodus 4:6
Again, to believe this is to ignore all of reality. A hand does not simply become leprous. It is impossible.
“But if they do not believe these two signs or listen to you, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground. The water you take from the river will become blood on the ground.” – Exodus 4:9
Again, not possible. Besides, why does God needs three acts to make the people believe Moses? God could do it with the snap of His fingers. There’s no need for three illusions.
“The Lord said to him, ‘Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord?’” – Exodus 4:11
Have a health problem and lose your sight or go mute? Guess what? God did that. He says so. It’s in the Bible. Open it up and read it. You’d be amazed at the horrible things God does.
“Now the Lord had said to Moses in Midian, ‘Go back to Egypt, for all those who wanted to kill you are dead.’” – Exodus 4:19
Makes you wonder how ALL of the Egyptians who wanted Moses dead are now dead themselves? I suppose they could have died of natural causes, but given the story line thus far, that seems unlikely. We don’t know for sure, but it’s very possible God had a direct hand in their deaths.
“The Lord said to Moses, ‘When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do. But I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go.’” – Exodus 4:21
Verse 19 tells us that ALL of the people who wanted Moses dead are dead themselves. Thus no one in Egypt wants Moses dead. However, God changes that by ‘hardening’ the heart of the Pharaoh. The Pharaoh may very well have let Moses’ people go. We’ll never know because God hardened the Pharaoh’s heart. The whole story of the exodus is based on God directly influencing the Pharaoh into doing evil on Moses’ people. Think about that. None of these horrible acts happen if God doesn’t do this. This is simply amazing! Further evidence all believers need to read the ENTIRE Bible!
“But you refused to let him go; so I will kill your firstborn son.” – Exodus 4:23
God is the one who is going to kill the Pharaoh’s firstborn son because the Pharaoh didn’t let Moses and his people leave Egypt. Two things. First, God is the one who wouldn’t let Moses and his people leave. God hardened the Pharaoh’s heart. Second, God isn’t going to punish the Pharaoh directly. He’s going to punish the Pharaoh by killing the Pharaoh’s son. What evil has the son done? None as far as we know. Yet God is punishing the father by…punishing the son? Utterly insane.
“At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses and was about to kill him. But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it. ‘Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,’ she said. So the Lord let him alone. (At that time she said “bridegroom of blood,” referring to circumcision.)” – Exodus 4:24-26
I recently discussed these specific verses on June 23, 2015, so check that post for more details. Basically God has decided to kill Moses because Moses’ son is not circumcised. At the moment of the killing, Moses wife steps in and chops of the tip of her son’s dick with a knife. God decides all is okay now because that nasty foreskin, which He created, is gone out of His sight. LOL! What a big bunch of crazy!!!
“Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites, and Aaron told them everything the Lord had said to Moses. He also performed the signs before the people, and they believed. And when they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.” – Exodus 4:29-31
And just like that the people believe everything Moses has to say. Nope, not buying it at all. Surely there are a few skeptical people asking questions. Actually, there probably were, but once they started asking questions, they mysteriously ‘disappeared’. We don’t see that in the Bible, although I don’t know why. It’s not as if there isn’t other crazy/evil in the Bible. The disappearance of the skeptics would fit right in with the theme of death and evil in the Bible.
That does it for Exodus Chapter 4. Through a serious of impossible events, God tells Moses what to do and the people believe Moses. God could easily speak to all the people Himself, but doesn’t. He’s mysterious, remember! J God, in order to make the exodus possible, hardens the Pharaoh’s heart. The people may likely have left Egypt with no troubles had God not hardened the Pharaoh’s heart, but that would make for a less interesting story, apparently.
Coming Soon: Exodus – Chapter 5: Bricks Without Straw