- Moses’ commitment to God seems wanting in the movie
- The movie blatantly ignores certain statements about the plagues
First, how convinced was Moses that Yahweh was the true God? It seems to me when I read the Scriptures that once he met God at the burning bush he was 100%. Sure we all have times when we doubt or waiver but Moses was pretty committed to God’s calling.
The movie present Moses as 1/2 way committed to the Lord. He is seen arguing with God over what is happening and at times disagreeing with God’s methods. If you read the Scriptures you get a totally different picture. Think about what he did, by faith, in order to obey God.
- He risked his life to go back to Egypt (Exod 2:11-15)
- He took on the burden of causing others grief (Exod 5). It is only thing to be persecuted for your faith, it is a world of difference to have others persecuted because of your faith. It is definitely easier to bear the burnt of the attacks yourself
- He life was probably in constant danger. If you were Pharaoh wouldn’t you think about just killing Moses for the plagues?
- Once they left Egypt the Israelites were constantly against Moses. One might think an insurrection was brewing (Exod 16:3, 17:3, 32:1ff)
Second, I encourage you to read through the account of the plagues (Exod 7-11). If you read my previous blog posts on the movie you will remember that they gave a naturalistic explanation of the plagues. I will note a few statements which the movie patently ignored.
- The swarm of flies only came on the Egyptians not the Hebrews (Exod 8:22-24). Sure flies might come because of all the dead frogs but that is a pretty amazing chance coincidence that they decided to not fly over Goshen.
- Only the Egyptian livestock died in the plague (Exod 9:4). Again, if these were simple natural occurrences, one leading to the other, then how come none of the Hebrew livestock were affected?
- The Hail did not rain over Goshen (Exod 9:26). We have all seen crazy weather patterns but this would have been one for the ages. Especially after Goshen wasn’t affected by the flies or death of livestock. It would take someone with incredible faith to think Goshen didn’t have divine intervention on their side.
- Only the Egyptian firstborn died (Exod 11:7). This part in the movie was interesting. There were natural explanations for all the plagues except the darkness and the death of the firstborn, which in the movie happened at the same time. The way Hollyweird portrayed it was that the darkness came over the land, as it passed over each house the firstborn Egyptians just stopped breathing. Interestingly they got something right. That is, when Pharaoh meets with Moses subsequent to this Moses says that none of the Hebrews died during this. Maybe the producers just couldn’t stretch their imaginations that far to twist/ignore the Scriptures once last time.
There were plenty other things the movie fouled up Scripturally but what I have given you I think is sufficient. If you are looking for spiritually encouraging movie I say save your money. If you want some cool action on a big screen then go see it. Hey, at least they got Moses name right!!!
What did you think of the movie?