Live Blogging the Bible, Exodus 10:1
by Noah Lugeons
Holy shit is this god guy a dick.
So I’ve gotten to the plagues and I have to admit that even though I knew how many their were, I never bothered to check out what all of them were. Sure, I knew about the bloody Nile and the staff into the snake and the boils and the first born and the frogs, but I didn’t realize he also plagued the Egyptians with gnats and flies and hail and shit.
But the other thing I never realized was that God made pharaoh disobey him just so he could show off how many flies and gnats he could make.
It actually says that throughout the plague narrative. Again and again the bible talks of god “hardening pharaoh’s heart” so that he will disobey Moses’ commands. He hardens the hearts of both pharaoh and his officials. He ensures that pharaoh refuses to let the Israelites go just so he can send more plagues.
I could back this up by directing you to passages like Exodus 4:21, 7:13, 9:7, 9:12 and 9:35, but why bother when you can just look at Exodus 10:1-
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh; for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his officials, in order that I may show these signs of mine among them…
And if this doesn’t spell it out plainly enough, the next verse really nail it down,
…and that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I have made fools of the Egyptians and what signs I have done among them – so that you may know that I am the Lord.”
Thus far there haven’t been many things that were clearly spelled out in the bible. The authors and editors seemed to have a thing for ridiculously vague and ambiguous. But this is one of the minority of instances where they make good and damn well that you know what’s going on here:
God is threatening the people of Egyptian with Eli Roth level horrors, he’s circumventing pharaoh’s freewill so that he won’t obey the directives, he’s perpetrating the horrors and then he’s doing it some more. And why is he doing this? Because fuck Egyptians, that’s why.
I suppose an apologist could argue that sometimes God just has to remind everyone how bad-ass he is and I’m willing to concede that, but couldn’t he show how awesome he was by curing diseases instead of creating them? Couldn’t Moses have sauntered in there and said, “Hey, if you let my people go, God will cure all the disease in Egypt, turn the Nile to beer and give you a lot of kids (which seemed to be the only currency these biblical folks cared about)”?
Or if he insisted on being so damn negative, couldn’t he have just given boils and gnats and shit to the pharaoh? How much more effective would the hail storm be if it was following pharaoh around and not hitting anyone else? That’s some seriously divine intervention. But no, he makes his point by giving all the people boils, killing slaves with hail, starving people with pestilence, dehydrating them with stinky, fatal blood-water and murdering their first born children.
What irresponsible fuck gave this guy omnipotence?