Exodus – Chapter 14: Crossing the Sea

We’re at the point in the Bible where God has decided to finally let Moses and his people leave Egypt.  Remember, it was God who hardened the Pharaoh’s heart each and every time.  Thus it wasn’t the Pharaoh holding Moses in Egypt, it was God.  Exodus Chapter 14 brings us the crossing of the sea.

“And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.” – Exodus 14:4

So let me get this straight.  God finally lets Moses and his people leave, but then decides, nah, I’m not quite done screwing them over and hardens the Pharaoh’s heart AGAIN!  On top of that, look at how conceited God is when He says “but I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh”.  This is God.  Why does an all-mighty God need glory?  Even if He did, why through the method of harming innocent people?

“The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly.” – Exodus 14:8

The people have left Egypt.  There’s no need to harden the Pharaoh’s heart further!

“It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” – Exodus 14:12

The Israelites are saying this to Moses.  Unfortunately they are speaking to the wrong person.  God is the one sending the Egyptians after the Israelites.  He says so Himself when He told Moses He would harden the Pharaoh’s heart.  Moses responds with:

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” – Exodus 14:14

Except He isn’t.  Or rather, this is the case of someone trying to impress someone else by kidnapping them and then rescuing them to get the credit.  That’s exactly what God is doing in this chapter.

“Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.” – Exodus 14:16

This makes for a good story and great movie scenes, but not scientifically possible.  Believing Moses spread the sea requires one to ignore all of known science in the world.

“I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen.” – Exodus 14:17

This is truly an evil God.  Letting the Israelites escape is not enough.  God intends to kill the Egyptians by hardening the hearts of ALL the Egyptians.  God is choosing to needlessly kill people who are only doing what they are doing because God hardened their hearts to do evil.

“Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the Lord swept them into the sea.” – Exodus 14:27

So much for God being loving.  He just savagely murdered the Pharaoh and the Egyptians with him.

“That day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians…” – Exodus 14:30

Um…no.  That is NOT what happened.  Exodus 14:30 should say “That day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Lord Himself…”  That would be a much more accurate version of the truth.

That concludes Exodus Chapter 14.  God wasn’t done hardening the Pharaoh’s heart.  God continued to harden his heart and the hearts of his men until God led them into a trap and killed all of them.  Yes, that is the God Christians worship.  This isn’t some secret recently discovered.  It’s right there in the Bible, available to ALL to read!  God killed innocent people.  It’s as simple as that.  The Israelites were already free of the Egyptians, but God forced the Egyptians to come after the Israelites.  If there really is a heaven and this is the God in charge, send me to hell, because heaven is worse than any imaginable hell.

Coming Soon:  Exodus – Chapter 15:  The Song of Moses and Miriam

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