The Israelites And The Egyptian Israelites Essay

2048 Words Oct 19th, 2016 9 Pages
Question 1
In Exodus 16:3, the Israelites complained to Moses and Aaron stating, “if only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.” The Israelites were trapped by believing their only food source was from the Pharaoh and agricultural sources. By leaving Egypt and following Moses, the Israelites were being liberated from the constraints of the cultivated food Pharaoh offered. The Israelites believed they did not have food because they were unaware of what was edible. In Exodus 16:14-16:16, the Israelites were presented with “thin flakes like frost” on the floor of the desert. Moses explained to the Israelites these “thin flakes” was food provided by the Lord. God’s role in liberation is creating an abundance of resources in their environment, thus the Israelites can be liberated from giving up their freedom to the Pharaoh for food .
In Exodus 14:13-14 Moses consoles the Israelites fears of fighting the Egyptians by explaining, “Don’t be afraid! Don’t run away! Stand where you are and watch the Lord save you today. You will never see these Egyptians again. You will not have to do anything but stay calm. The Lord will do the fighting for you.” The Israelites needed reassurance about the power and strength God would give them in battle. Thinking Pharaoh had the upper hand, the Israelites put faith in Moses allowing them to be…

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