Saturday, January 3, 2015

Exodus: Gods and Kings Review

First off, I would like to wish all of my readers a very happy and prosperous new year. As I said in a earlier post, if you made New Years Resolutions (which most people do), keep in mind you have the entire year to implement them, not just a few days. Do not be discouraged if change does not come immediately; it rarely does in life.

This post will focus on the scriptural implications of the story of Moses portrayed in Exodus:Gods and Kings. While there was some good elements in the film, many things in it were very unscriptural and detracted from the story. I will address just 5 here, but more could be made.

1. The first has to do with Moses and his relationship with God, who is portrayed as a small boy in the film. The main issue in the film is that Moses has great contempt and disdain for God, while in the Bible Moses has great respect for God and never raises his voice at him. Also, since God is portrayed as a small boy, he is always looking down to God rather than up to him.

2. Moses throughout the film is portrayed as a skeptic and atheist until he meets God personally. This is highly problematic since there is no mention of this in the Bible, and Moses being reared in Egypt would certainly have not been an atheist. Seems to be an almost anti-religious message that is very subtle, but recognizable to the alert.

3. Moses in the film is exiled after discovering that he is a Hebrew. This is highly inaccurate, as Moses was raised Egyptian but always knew he was a Hebrew. He fled Egypt because he killed and Egyptian who was beating a slave, who he knew were his brethren. In the film, Moses has great contempt for the slaves before he leaves Egypt, but in the Bible he seems to want to help them (Exodus 2).

4. In a very strange twist, Moses leaves his family to go to free his people. Oddly enough, Moses only has one son in the film, but in the Bible he has two. And when he leaves to return to Egypt he takes Zipporah and his sons with him. Perhaps this is a negative attack on the Master himself, who said that a man must leave his family to be worthy of him, but this was not the Saviors intent. Read Exodus 3-4 to discover the account of Moses' encounter with God, and Matthew 5-7 for the Sermon on the Mount when Jesus of Nazareth talks about families.

5. The plagues in the film seem to be very natural causes, and Moses is not at all involved in them and neither is Aaron his brother. Also, there are not ten plagues in the film, as the flies and lice were separate in the Biblical narrative, but combined in the film. However, in the Bible, Moses is commanded to use each plague and his people were not affected by them, but they are in the film. Also, Moses hardly ever talks to Pharaoh, where in the Biblical narrative he talks to him before and after each plague. Read Exodus 7-14 for the account of the 10 plagues.

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