Essay Analysis Of The Book ' Exodus '

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The first fourteen chapters of the book of Exodus include some very exiting Bible passages. There is a lot of action and a lot of plot. However, with all this action there comes a lot of bloodshed. The Lord hardens Pharaoh’s heart so that he does not let the people of Israel go to claim the land the Lord has promised to them. The Lord sends ten plagues to Egypt to show his power. The last one is the slaying of the firstborns’ of the Egyptians. At first glance, this seems like an absolutely atrocious act and it is. Killing is never good; however, God is justified and has good reasons for his actions. God kills the Egyptian firstborns to bring both Israel and Egypt to himself, to show mercy, and to keep his covenant with Abraham. Honestly, this is the first time I have really paid attention to this story. Of course, I knew it from my years of Sunday School and my years spent attending a private Christian school, but I had never read it as closely as I have done now. I always thought Pharaoh just said no to letting the Israelites go because he was the bad guy. I knew God could have forced Pharaoh to let the people go, but God gifted people with free will and Pharaoh saying no was Pharaoh using his free will. It was not until I read it preparing for this paper did I realize “the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart” (10:27). I was taken aback by this realizing it was God’s plan the entire time to have to use that tenth plague he had in mind. When I first read it, I thought, “This…

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