The children of Israel had been carrying their heavy burden for almost half a millennium, and the god of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had completely forgotten about them.
Then Moses was born. After witnessing the great load the children of Israel were carrying on their shoulders, he decided to do something about it. He killed an Egyptian who was whipping a Hebrew. Because of that, he had to flee from Egypt. Only then, god remembered the alliance he had made with Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, formerly known as Jacob:
2:23 And it came to pass in process of time that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.
2:24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.
According to these passages, for 430 years Yahweh or Jehovah did not hear the whip hissing; the sticks breaking on the Hebrews’ backs; the groaning from the physical abuse inflicted on them; the weeping of mothers watching their sons being slaughtered, but he heard the cry of his people by reason of the bondage. He decided to take action, and who did he choose to be the messiah? Not surprisingly, Moses. He could have chosen Aaron, or any other Hebrew from the thousands there were in Egypt, but they were not fit for the job. The only leader available for the task was Moses. Let us read god’s words to Moses:
3:7 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
3:8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
A good land; a land flowing with milk and honey, where have I heard those words before? Oh, yes! That is the land Yahweh or Jehovah sent Abram to; the land where famine stroke as soon as he set foot on it. The land Jacob’s children were forced to abandon because of hunger. There was the almighty, making the same promise over again.
Fortunately for Yahweh or Jehovah, Moses was easy to convince. He accepted the challenge of liberating god’s beloved people from the hand of the wicked Egyptians; the nation that saved Jacob’s family from starvation.
Let us not forget that they decided to go there just because god told them to do so.
Better late than never, here was Yahweh or Jehovah, by the side of his people, ready to take them to the land he had chosen for them. He sent Moses back to Egypt to organize the people to leave for good. But it was not as easy as it seemed. Pharaoh did not want to let them go. He needed them to pick the crops Egypt was famous for. But that was not the only reason:
7:2 Thou shalt speak all that I command thee: and Aaron thy brother shall speak unto Pharaoh, that he send the children of Israel out of his land.
7:3 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt.
Yes. As strange as it sounds, Pharaoh refused to let them go because Yahweh or Jehovah had hardened his heart! So it was not really the king of Egypt who kept them there. It was god himself! He could have always softened Pharaoh’s heart, so he could say, “Leave and be free. You have served my country for so long that you have repaid everything you received from us.” But no, god does not like to make things easy for his children. He likes them to work hard to get the things he promised to them.
At first, Moses, instructed by Yahweh or Jehovah, performed some magic tricks to convince Pharaoh that he was speaking on his behalf. He turned his rod into a serpent and turned the water of the Nile into blood, but the king was not impressed. He asked his own sorcerers to perform the same tricks and they did. When those little tricks did not work, Yahweh or Jehovah decided to do more serious things. He brought some plagues to the land of Egypt: frogs, gnats, flies, dead cattle, boils, hail, locusts;
10:20 But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go.
It still was not Pharaoh’s fault; however, god continued sending plagues: darkness.
Of all the plagues god sent over Egypt, the last one was the most sinister. I will cite the whole conversation between him and Moses to avoid misunderstandings:
11:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether.
11:2 Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man
borrow of his neighbour, and every woman of her neighbour, jewels of silver and jewels of gold.
11:3 And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians.
Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants, and in the sight of the people.
11:4 And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt:
11:5 And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the first born of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts.
11:6 And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more.
12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: 12:6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.
12:7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.
12:11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall
eat it in haste: it is the LORD’s _Passover.
12:12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.
12:13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
12:14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance forever.
Yahweh or Jehovah hardened Pharaoh’s heart for him not to let the Hebrews go, so he could show how powerful he was. But he went too far. The magic tricks were fine; they might have been even entertaining. The first nine plagues must have been really uncomfortable, but at least they were not a real threat to people’s lives. However, it is not the same killing cattle than killing men. When Yahweh or Jehovah decided to murder all firstborns: babies, toddlers, boys, teenagers, and adults; he had to be wrong. I know that believers are going to say that god had to do it because the king of Egypt would not free the children of Israel at the first signs. That is true. But he did not do it because god himself did not want him to. According to his own words, he had hardened Pharaoh’s heart. He slaughtered them just to show his might. Does everybody not say how loving, caring, and just god is? Well, I do not see any of those qualities in this particular act of his. Besides, do Christians not believe that not only Jews, but all human beings were created by god? That makes the Egyptians his children, too. But he never had second thoughts. What father would kill some of his children just to teach another son a lesson? None! He would recur to any possibility, but that.
Once again, the sole fact that god did not show any remorse after killing these innocent children, and instead commanded that day to be celebrated as a holiday, Passover, is proof that in the Hebrews’ tradition, other nations and their people were not created by their god.
The question I ask now is did that massacre really happen? If it did, god must have killed hundreds if not thousands of innocent people_ Egypt was a big nation by then. That many deaths could not have gone unnoticed by Pharaoh’s historians. They should have been recorded, but in the chronicles of Ramses II or any other Pharaoh, there is no mention of such an event.
If god really wanted to free his children, and if he really had the power to kill thousands in one single night, why did he not choose to kill all the soldiers in the Egyptian army and Pharaoh himself? That way the Hebrews could have walked out of Egypt in no hurry, knowing that Pharaoh and his army were dead. Or even better, why did he not kill all the Egyptians and give Egypt to his children? After all, Egypt was much better than the land he promised to them. Is it not Egypt where god’s children had to go whenever there was famine in the promised land? Why send them back? It was better to free them from the bondage and give them the land.
Here is the truth. There is no evidence of any of these deaths, because they never happened!
There are; however, some lines on one page in the bible that have gone unnoticed, and they might shed light on this issue:
11:2 Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man borrow of his neighbour, and every woman of her neighbour, jewels of silver and jewels of gold.
12:11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’s _passover.
12:39 And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they brought forth out
of Egypt, for it was not leavened; because they were thrust out of Egypt, and could not tarry, neither had they prepared for themselves any victual.
First, god tells Moses to ask the Hebrews to borrow jewels of silver and jewels of gold, and although in the bible it is not explained what they are for, with the help of the lines on 12:11, we can make an educated guess. On those lines, Yahweh or Jehovah is instructing his people to be ready. They should be all dressed up. They should have their shoes on. They should have their staffs in their hands_ staffs are to help you walk faster and for a longer period of time_ and they should eat in a hurry. Does that not describe people who are going to rush out of somewhere? Why do they need to rush? Because Moses is going to bribe the guards with the jewels of silver and jewels of gold, so they will not have much time to escape. When they wrote:
11:3 And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants, and in the sight of the people.
Now Moses was a great man in the sight of pharaoh’s servants. Of course he was! He had just given them all of the jewels his fellow Hebrews had! When Pharaoh decided to go after them, it was not because Yahweh or Jehovah had hardened his heart again_ after seeing all of the deaths god had caused, he would have never dared. He chased them because he learned that his guards had let them escape. What is written in the bible does not make sense:
12:31 And he (Pharaoh) called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as ye have said.
In these lines Pharaoh, tired of all the plagues Yahweh or Jehovah had brought upon Egypt, called Moses and Aaron to tell them to take their people away. In other words, he already knew the Hebrew had left.
14:5 And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?
14:6 And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him:
14:7 And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them.
Later, Exodus states that Pharaoh was told that the Hebrew people had fled. It does not make sense. Pharaoh himself had told Moses to leave along with the Hebrews. When his servants went to tell him about the escape, he should have said, “I know. I let them go.” Instead, he went after them.
The fact of the matter is Pharaoh was told because he did not know. He did not know of the fleeing and he did not know Yahweh or Jehovah had killed all the firstborns in his nation, because, as I said before, that never happened. If he had known Yahweh or Jehovah had that kind of power, he would have never gone after them. Ancient people were very superstitious, and events like the plagues would have frightened, not only Pharaoh, but the entire army. Even if pharaoh had commanded them to go after the Hebrews, they would have refused.
It is easy to see the hand of the Levites in these passages. For 430 years they could not write anything favoring their god. But as soon as Moses appeared on scene, their inspiration sprang. To Moses’ authentic efforts for liberating the children of Israel, they add fantastic, unrealistic deeds “performed” by their god to praise him. The Levites wanted the generations of Hebrews to come to know that their god was the most powerful of the gods. They were telling them that the Egyptian gods were no match for Yahweh or Jehovah.
However, the Levites had a problem. They were not the only ones who knew how to write. Pharaoh’s historians were recording historical events, too. And they did not write anything about these “miracles”. How could they have missed them?
Probably, all these plagues really happened during the 430 years of bondage of the Hebrews, but not one after the other. The Levites just put them together to pretend they were brought by their god.
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