Throughout the movie, in my opinion, Moses was portrayed as a psychopath.
- He was portrayed as talking to himself when he was supposedly talking to God. I have to admit it was quite comical at times but completely against the Biblical text. The Bible says God spoke to Moses face-to-face (Deut 5:4, 34:10).
- Evidently Moses is a member of the Taliban or maybe ISIS. He doesn’t perform any signs in front of Pharaoh. On the contrary, he demands release of the Hebrews and when it is denied sets out on a guerrilla warfare campaign. Maybe that is in the book of Jashar? Instead of the Biblical story which shows Moses/Aaron meeting with Pharaoh on multiple occasions (Exod 7:10, 20; 8:1, 8; 8:20, 25; 9:1-10; 10:1-3, 8; 10:16; 10:24; 11:10) to perform the signs/miracles in his sight.
You know Hollyweird couldn’t make a movie about a Biblical film without trying to separate the miraculous from the story like Moses parting the Red Sea…..oh wait…that didn’t actually happen according to the producers!!! If you have ever seen the History channel’s natural phenomenon rendition of the 10 plagues then you misses nothing in this section of the movie. It is basically the same thing.
Missing the whole magical duel between Moses and Pharaoh’s sorcerers (Exod 7:10-13) the producer goes straight for the Nile turning into blood. Passing a good opportunity to have Egypt’s magicians stand toe-to-toe with Moses by mimicking the miracles (Exod 7:22). The movie has the Nile turning to blood because of a bunch of cannibalistic crocodiles. Like I said in my first post, this was a great opportunity to present both sides doing the exact same miracle so that the final judgment is left up to the viewing audience to decide who is really from God. But a good liberal cannot stomach any supernatural even if it comes from their camp so they rejected it completely.
This first event leads to a series of events which a Christian would call the Plagues. The movie presents natural explanations how one lead to the other which I will not bore you with here. What I want to point out is how they refused to be fair again. During the plagues Pharaoh had a counselor who was explaining how all these events were happening by natural occurrences. This would have made the movie amazing if they did it right. What I would have liked to see is Moses meeting with Pharaoh saying a certain plague was coming from God, the plague happen, the Egyptian counselors trying to explain it by natural phenomenon, and then Pharaoh hardening his heart to believe the counselors instead of Moses. This would have given the viewing audience an opportunity to sit in Pharaoh’s seat and feel the struggle that he felt and we all feel when we see/experience things which contradict our worldview.
Have you seen the movie? What did you think? Part 3 of my critique is coming up Monday 12/22/14