Moses story is the most important story in the Old Testament. So, we need to examine how a devoted Jew would look at Moses Story from his perspective. Moses Story was the most important story which influenced Jesus thoughts. We can not understand Jesus ministry without knowing Moses Story. Moses Story gave Jesus courage, determination, and absolute trust in God’s active participation and intervention in the affairs of the Israelites. Moses Story is the only story of the Old Testament which shows the power of God which actively fought for Israelites and he crushed and humiliated Pharaoh’s Might with such ease. Moses Story is the only story of the Bible which God physically lives in a tent amongst the Israelites.
Moses story also brought God Commandments to the Israelites and it showed explicitly what God expects from his chosen people. This story showed so clearly how God would fulfill all Israelites’ needs and how Israelites suppose to follow and administer whole heartily all of God’s Commandments. This story also showed how God can force his commands and nothing can oppose his will. Moses Story is very clear about what happens to the Israelites if they do not follow the Ten Commandments.
Now, let us examine Moses Story logically. We need to explore at least two aspects of Moses Story. First of all to examine if the story is a historic event or it is a fiction. And second what is the possible motif behind this fascinating and elaborate story which the writer is really wants to achieve and to promote.
There have been numerous research and archeological commissions, dedicated mainly on finding and verifying the historical evidence of this famous Story. Unfortunately so far none of those efforts could produce a single proof in support of the historic event. There are numerous publications and articles regarding the place where the Red Sea was departed and the Israelites crossed the Red Sea. There are countless books and articles about the validity or lack of validity of Moses Story. Hollywood has produced many movies about this exciting Story. This elaborate story has fascinated Man for over 3000 years. Here, I will show you in few short passages that Moses story has to be a FICTION.
Archeologists have spent enormous energy and resources to find supporting evidence in Egypt and other ancient sites regarding the Israelites’ Exodus, but they could not find a single reference regarding the Jewish Exodus anywhere, except in the Old Testament. Archeologists comb through Sinai desert for the evidence of Israelites mass migration. There is not a shrewd of archeological evidence of such a large migration. According to the Torah in book of Exodus: 38:26 . . . from twenty years old or older, number of Israelites is reported 603,550. In book of Numbers 26:51 The number of the Israelites is reported 601,730. This is the Number of Israelite men over the age of twenty, not counting the women and the children. There should have been tons of evidence of such big mass of people lived in Sinai desert for forty years. There should be some broken pottery, some domestic animal bones, some human’s tombs, human’s waste, and so on. But there is no evidence of such a great migration!
At the end of the day there are a lot of confusions about the Moses Story. The Believers have firm faith in the story and in God, and the non believers are puzzled how could such huge number of people fall for a story which could not be verified anywhere?
For the evidences I suggest; you do not have to look far! The evidences are right in the story! They are screaming at us for recognition! We only need to look for them very carefully!
In our modern day to report the truth about any story, the news media interview the eye witnesses. The law enforcements interrogate the eye witnesses. Our courts get the testimonies of the witnesses to find out the truth. The eye witnesses give the first hand information about any story and based on those testimonies we try to construct the truth.
Were there any eye witnesses for the Moses Story? Of course there were; the Israelites who made the great migration were our witnesses. They witnessed all the events first hand. Did those Israelites give any testimony regarding those events? Yes they did. Their actions were recorded right in the Moses Story and I am going to look closely to those actions to see if I can figure out what happened.
On top of all those fascinating miracles which the Israelites had witnessed in Egypt, and personally they had experienced the Red Sea Departing, the following are some of the additional miracles which those Israelites witnessed personally in Sinai Desert.
Exodus 16:4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people will go out and gather a certain amount each day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not.
Exodus 16:8 And Moses said, “You will know this when the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening, and bread in the morning to satisfy you, because the Lord heard your murmurings that you are murmuring against him. And what are we? Your murmurings are not against us, but against the Lord.”
Exodus 16:10 And as Aaron spoke to the whole community of the Israelites, they looked toward the desert, and there the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud.
Exodus 16:11 Then the Lord spoke to Moses: 16:12 “I have heard the murmurings of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘During the evening you will eat flesh, and in the morning you will be satisfied with bread, so that you may know that I am the Lord your God.”
Exodus 16:13 And in the evening the quail came up and covered the camp; and in the morning a layer of dew was all around the camp.
16:15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” because they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you for food.
16:19 And Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it until morning.” 16:20 But they did not listen to Moses, and some kept part of it until morning. It was full of worms and began to stink. And Moses was angry with them. 16:21 So they gathered it each morning, each person according to what he could eat; and when the sun got hot, it melted. 16:22 And on the sixth day they gathered twice as much food, two omers per person;. . .
16:24 So they put it aside until the morning, just as Moses had commanded, and it did not stink, nor was there any worm in it.
17:5 And the Lord said to Moses, “Go over before the people; take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand your rod with which you struck the Nile and go. 17:6 I will be standing before you there on the rock in Horeb, and you will strike the rock, and water will come out of it so that the people may drink.” And Moses did so in plain view of the elders of Israel.
19:1 In the third month after the Israelites went out from the land of Egypt, on the very day, they came to the Desert of Sinai.
19:9 Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to come to you in a dense cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and will always believe in you.” And Moses told the words of the people to the Lord.
19:10 And the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and make them wash their clothes 19:11 and be ready by the third day, for on the third day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.
19:16 And on the third day in the morning there were thunders and lightning and a dense cloud on the mountain, and the sound of a very loud horn; and all the people who were in the camp trembled. 19:17 And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they took their place at the lower end of the mountain. 19:18 Now Mount Sinai was completely covered with smoke because the Lord had descended on it in fire; and its smoke went up like the smoke of a great furnace, and the whole mountain shook greatly. 19:19 When the sound of the horn grew louder and louder, Moses was speaking and God was answering him with a voice.
19:20 And the Lord came down on Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain; and the Lord summoned Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.
19:24 And the Lord said to him, “Go, get down. And you will come up, and Aaron with you; but do not let the priests and the people force their way through to come up to the Lord, lest he break through against them.” 19:25 So Moses went down to the people and spoke to them.
20:18 And all the people were seeing the thunderings and the lightning, and heard the sound of the horn, and the mountain smoking-and when they people saw it they trembled with fear and kept their distance. 20:19 And they said to Moses, “You speak to us and we will listen, but do not let God speak with us, lest we die.”
20:22 The Lord said to Moses: “Thus you will say to the Israelites: ‘You yourselves have seen that I have spoken with you from heaven. 20:23 You must not make alongside me gods of silver, nor make gods of gold for yourselves.
24:9 Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up, 24:10 and they saw the God of Israel; and there was under his feet something like a pavement made of sapphire, and clear like the heaven itself.
24:18 And Moses went into the midst of the cloud when he went up to the mountain; and Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.
Exodus 32:1 When the people saw that Moses delayed in coming down from the mountain, they gathered together around Aaron and said to him, “Get up, make us gods that will go before us. As for this fellow Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him!”
Exodus 32:1 is a strange verse both in its content and its tone! There was no cause, or any justification for this strange Israelite’s rebellion. Absolutely none! On contrary all the evidences are pointing to the implausibility of this unacceptable rebellion. And the damning evidences are as follows:
a) Those Israelites loved Jehovah, and they were obedient to Jehovah, even when Jehovah was very harsh on them and was punishing them so bitterly still they did not abandon their God. Those Israelites had long history worshipping this Almighty Jehovah, and that was the hallmark of their distinct race. And that is the very reason that they had labeled themselves as “The Chosen People”! So, this is totally unbelievable and unacceptable to think that all twelve tribes of Israelites unanimously rebelled against this Almighty Jehovah who had destroyed and humiliated might Pharaoh just three month earlier, and all those Israelites had witnessed those events first hand, and at this time Almighty God was actively supporting and providing for those Israelites every day.
b) And the story even gets more bizarre! Those crazy Israelites wanted to abandon their newly found freedom, and they wished to go back to the Pharaoh slavery!? Perhaps they were missing the Egyptian’s lashes! This suggestion that those Israelites wanted to abandon their newly found freedom and they preferred harsh condition of their past slavery is highly unlikely!
c) Throughout the time Man always had prayed to have a god or gods that help him with the deficulties of his life, and the actions of the Almighty Jehovah in the Moses Story, were exactly the actions of an Ideal God, which Man always had prayed for, and had dreamed of! And now that those Israelites had such a helping God on their side, they wanted to replace him, with a Golden Cafe!!!??? Come on! Do you think that we are that Gullible to believe this nonsense!? This is too bizarre to even be considered! But, why those Israelites were asking for this swap!? And, for what reason!? Almighty Jehovah already had proven to them that he was far superior to Pharaoh and his Gods. I can not find the right words to express my utmost disbelief of this unbelievable rebellion! I do not know which one of the following scenarios is more plausible; either those Israelites were dumb beyond our imagination, that they unanimously considered to make such a swap, or, we are that Gullible to accept this story as a historical event!? I doubt it that any reasonable person could entertain any of these two possibilities as a viable scenario! The alternative to these two implausible scenarios is so simple, we have to realize that the story is just a fiction and and it is just a hoax. And the author of the story at this point had goofed, big time!
d) And this bizarre Israelites rebellion happened only five months after they had seen the Total Humiliation of Mighty Pharaoh, at the Red Sea Departing, and just few weeks after they had trembled in the presence of Almighty Jehovah! And this unanimous Israelites rebellion happened while they were still eating the meat and the bread which Almighty Jehovah was providing for them every day! What more evidence do we need to recognize that this scenario is so impossible!?
e) The unanimous advocacy by all Israelites for Swapping Almighty Jehovah with the Egyptian God of Golden Calf, takes this story to the realm of a stupid fiction, with an obvious seeded blunder within the storey! All twelve tribes of Israelis approved of this incredibly ridiculous Swap! Even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel who had seen God on Mount Sinai few weeks earlier, and they had described the scenery as there was under his feet something like a pavement made of sapphire, and clear like the heaven itself. All those elderly people too advocated for that ridiculous Swap! Aaron was Moses brother, who had helped Moses to present all those fabulous miracles in the Pharaoh’s court, and now not only he went along with that unbelievable rebellion, but he was the central figure to make the Golden Calf!!!
We can confidently conclude that such unanimous behavior for such Extremely Stupid swap is quite impossible!
f) This extremely bizarre behavior by the Israelites portrays them as a very unreal, super stupid, and right in the domain of super mute people. However, these Israelites in order to charm Pharaoh they thought to build a Golden Calf in order to please Pharaoh! This goodwill gesture shows that those Israelites were very normal and very sensible people, and they were not that Extremely Stupid people, which the act of the Swap suggests.
We could have accepted departing of the Red Sea, if it had happened, as a vivid miracle. A miracle by its definition is a supernatural phenomenon. But nobody claims the behaviors of those Israelites in the Moses Story was a miracles! Since those behaviors egregiously violate the basic human conditioning, especially that the entire Israelite tribes without any exception behaved in that strange manner, (at the rebellion scene Moses was not present), then it is reasonable to conclude that Moses Story is just an obvious fiction without the shadow of any doubt.
All these evidences are pointing to one thing; the story is a fiction. And the author of the story had made a major blunder at the rebellion episode.
I believe that the author of Moses Story, might have been a priest, who wanted to introduce the invisible Almighty Jehovah to people, then, he came up with this fascinating story of the battle between Mighty Pharaoh,(who was the most powerful man of that time,) and the invisible Almighty Jehovah. And Almighty Jehovah destroyed and humiliated Mighty Pharaoh with his unlimited power. However, the author did not end the story at the epic battle of the Red Sea Departing, he continued with the plight of the Israelites in the Sinai Desert. To me all the other miracles which he invented in Sinai Desert are plausible miracles that can be accepted without much argument. But the Israelites’ rebellion, after all those amazing miracles that they had witnessed them personally, and especially after hearing and meeting with Almighty Jehovah, is absolutely an impossible scenario, which only a totally retarded person, who lacks any mental comprehension, might nod at it!
As you see all the evidences which indicates the falsehood of the story is provided right within the story! We do not need to investigate anywhere else to realize the fictional nature of this story. This means that this is a Self-Evidenced Fiction! This is like the testimony of a witness in a courtroom who contradicts himself /herself by giving a contradictory testimony. We only need to read the story very carefully, and use a little bit of common sense, because the evidence that the story is a Fiction is too obvious to miss it!!!
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