Encountering Sacred Writings

EncounteringSacred Writings

Thepassages from the Bible expound on the various struggles andredemption that the children of Israel underwent while in Egypt andthe wilderness. They were in captivity in Egypt under Pharaoh whomade them slaves. They did hard labor. (Exodus1:13). Chosen by God,Moses was to deliver the Israelites from Egypt and led them to crossthe Red Sea. As they crossed the sea, they looked back and saw theEgyptians after them. They were filled with fear (Exodus 1: 10). Fearmade them as human beings question Moses and by questioning him, theywere questioning God. Fear also led them to distrust Moses. Theygrumbled and said that he had brought them into the wilderness todie. Human beings face situations that make them fear and lose faithjust as the Israelites did. In their discontentment, they fail toappreciate their previous situation. For the case of the Israelites,they forgot that they had been delivered from captivity. They oughtto have been thankful for that. Acknowledging that God did to deliverthem from slavery would have strengthened their belief that he wouldsave them from the Egyptians who were following them. Moses assuredthem that God would deliver them (14:13). From this, we can tell thatGod is assuring and the protector.

Fromthe passage about Manna in the desert, we see the providence of God.God also wanted to know if the Israelites were obedient and if theycould follow His law (Exodus 16:4). God is portrayed as one wholistens. He listened to the Israelites murmuring which was directedtowards Moses (Exodus 16:12). He is also the provider as he gave themflesh to eat in the evening and bread in the morning. Moses and Aaronmade the Israelites aware that God had brought them from the land ofEgypt. By providing for the Israelites, God showed that he cared forthem. His manifestation as a cloud shows He works in mysterious ways.(Exodus 16:10)

Fromthe scripture, the Israelites were impatient. This is evident whenMoses delayed to come down from the mountain. They knew not what hadbecome of him and as a result, they lost their faith in God who haddelivered them from Egypt and decided to make a golden calf as theirgod. They offered sacrifices and peace offerings to the idol and bydoing so they departed from the ways of God (Exodus 32:6-7).Thisincensed God and he wanted to send his wrath upon them (Exodus32:10). For God to send his wrath on the people he had deliveredshows that he is a jealous God. He does not abide with the worship ofother gods (Harringtonand Daniel 89).Worshipping the golden calf revealed that the Israelites wererejecting God. As human beings, when faced with uncertainties, weshould turn to God and be patient to wait upon Him.

Itis usual for human beings to be in fear, to lose faith and trust, aswell as question their current situations. With great assurance, theycan move on and be fearless, have trust and faith. This greatassurance comes from God. We have seen the traits of God from thethemes of the passages that reflect the scripture writer’s view. Heprovides, listens, saves, protects, jealous and get angry andpunishes. He does all these as a sign of love toward human beings.


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