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Exodus: Gods and Kings (The Movie)
Movie: Moses is not a man of faith as an adult in Egypt, and refuses to be identified with the people of God.
24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter,
25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,
26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. (Hebrews 11:24-26)
Movie: Moses is a high ranking Egyptian general and thinks he's Egyptian. But, one day he is invited to the home of a Hebrew elder, and the elder informs him he is a Hebrew. Moses doesn't believe him. Then, upon exiting the elder's house, two soldiers confront him not recognizing him. Moses hits the one and kills the other.
11 Now it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens. And he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren.
12 So he looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. (Exodus 2:11-12)
Movie: Pharaoh hears about a soldier being killed at the same time Moses was in the Hebrew area. Pharaoh is also told Moses is a Hebrew, but doesn't know what to make of it (whether it is true or not). So, in fear of it being true, Pharaoh puts Moses in prison, and because he does not want to kill him, he exiles him to the desert. This whole time Moses still does not acknowledge he is a Hebrew nor is he a man of faith.
22 “And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds.
23 “Now when he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren, the children of Israel.
24 “And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended and avenged him who was oppressed, and struck down the Egyptian.
25 “For he supposed that his brethren would have understood that God would deliver them by his hand, but they did not understand.
26 “And the next day he appeared to two of them as they were fighting, and tried to reconcile them, saying,`Men, you are brethren; why do you wrong one another?'
27 “But he who did his neighbor wrong pushed him away, saying,`Who made you a ruler and a judge over us?
28 `Do you want to kill me as you did the Egyptian yesterday?'
29 "Then, at this saying, Moses fled and became a dweller in the land of Midian, where he had two sons.(Acts 7:22-29)
When Pharaoh heard of this matter, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh and dwelt in the land of Midian (Exodus 2:15).
Movie: It is the same king of Egypt both before Moses' exile and after Moses returns to Egypt. The death of the king of Egypt happens before Moses' exile.
Bible: After Moses flees Egypt, settles in Midian, but before he returns:
Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. (Exodus 2:23)
And the LORD said to Moses in Midian, "Go, return to Egypt; for all the men who sought your life are dead." (Exodus 4:19)
Movie: Moses climbs the mountain of God chasing sheep in a rain storm. A small avalanche occurs. Moses gets hit in the head, and wakes up completely engulfed in mud with only his face out of the mud. He sees a burning bush, and a young boy (maybe 12). Moses says,
Help me. I think my leg's broken.
The young boy says,
More than that.
What did you say? Who are you?
Who are you?
I'm a shepherd.
I thought you were a general. I need a general.
To fight. Why else?
Fight who? For what?
I think you know. I think you should go and see what's happening to your people now. You won't be at peace until you do. Are they not people in your opinion?
Who are you?
Then Moses' face sinks into the mud.
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.
2 And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.
3 Then Moses said, "I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn."
4 So when the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, "Moses, Moses!" And he said, "Here I am."
5 Then He said, "Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground."
6 Moreover He said, "I am the God of your father-- the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.
7 And the LORD said: "I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows.
8 "So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites.
9 "Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.
10 "Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt." (Exodus 3:1-10)
Movie: After Moses is back at home and on his bed physically traumatized from the avalanche, Moses' wife says,
You were hit on the head. Anything you saw or think you saw afterwards was an effect of that.
The boy was all in your head.
How do you know?
Moses' wife says,
Because God isn't a boy.
Bible: It nowhere says God isn't a boy (Proverbs 30:5-6), but it does say,
The LORD is a man of war; The LORD is His name. (Exodus 15:3)
Movie: Moses returns to Egypt after about 9 years of exile.
29 "Then, at this saying, Moses fled and became a dweller in the land of Midian, where he had two sons.
30 "And when forty years had passed, an Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire in a bush, in the wilderness of Mount Sinai. (Act 7:29-30 NKJ).
And Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three years old when they spoke to Pharaoh. (Exodus 7:7)
Movie: Moses leaves his rod, his wife, and one son behind and goes back to Egypt with his Egyptian sword.
Then Moses took his wife and his sons and set them on a donkey, and he returned to the land of Egypt. And Moses took the rod of God in his hand. (Exodus 4:20)
Sometime later Moses sent his wife and two sons back to his father-in-law. See Exodus 18:1-5.
Movie: After Moses returns to Egypt, Moses meets Aaron (Moses' brother) for the first time.
Bible: Before Moses returns to Egypt,
14 So the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and He said: "Is not Aaron the Levite your brother? I know that he can speak well. And look, he is also coming out to meet you. When he sees you, he will be glad in his heart.
15 "Now you shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth. And I will be with your mouth and with his mouth, and I will teach you what you shall do.
16 "So he shall be your spokesman to the people. And he himself shall be as a mouth for you, and you shall be to him as God. (Exodus 4:14-16)
And the LORD said to Aaron, "Go into the wilderness to meet Moses." So he went and met him on the mountain of God, and kissed him. (Exodus 4:27)
Movie: Aaron never speaks for Moses.
28 So Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD who had sent him, and all the signs which He had commanded him.
29 Then Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel.
30 And Aaron spoke all the words which the LORD had spoken to Moses. Then he did the signs in the sight of the people. (Exodus 4:28-30)
Movie: Moses returns to Egypt by himself, and by himself (alone) confronts Pharaoh (by himself) with a sword. Moses tells Pharaoh the Hebrews are “Egyptians. They should be treated as Egyptians. They should have the same rights. They should be paid for their work. Or, you must set them free.” Pharaoh corrects Moses and says, “They are not Egyptians. They are slaves . . . .”
With a sword to Pharaoh's throat, Moses tells Pharaoh he's been talking to God. Pharaoh asks, “Which God?” Moses doesn't answer him.
Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, "Thus says the LORD God of Israel:`Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness.'"
2 And Pharaoh said, "Who is the LORD [ מִי יְהוָה ], that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the LORD [ יְהוָה ], nor will I let Israel go." (Exodus 5:1-2, יְהוָה [Yehvah])
Movie: Moses is in hiding in Egypt, and Pharaoh gives orders for him and his family to be killed; and hangs other Hebrews for not telling him where Moses is. In all, Moses and Pharaoh speak face to face (in Egypt) only three times. Once at first (already mentioned), once just before the firstborn is killed (again, privately without Aaron or others), and once the next day after the firstborn is killed.
Bible: Moses freely goes in and out speaking with Pharaoh 15 times. Then, after the 9th plague (the plague of darkness), finally Pharaoh says to Moses,
Get away from me! Take heed to yourself and see my face no more! For in the day you see my face you shall die! And Moses said, "You have spoken well. I will never see your face again." (Exodus 10:28-29)
Movie: In Egypt Moses burns buildings, boats, and he trains men for combat.
Bible: Moses repeatedly comes to Pharaoh and says,
Thus says the LORD God of Israel: “Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness.” (Exodus 5:1; 7:16; 8:1, 20; 9:1, 13; 10:3)
Movie: In the midst of Moses attempting to liberate the Hebrews in the traditional warlike manner, the little boy (God supposedly) appears, and tells Moses he's failing in his attempts. He tells Moses to simply “watch” now.
After this, crocodiles enter the water and attack some fishermen. This turns into a massive crocodile frenzy involving many crocodiles. The fish die, and the water turns blood red apparently from all the carnage from the crocodiles and dead fish.
Bible: Crocodiles aren't mentioned.
14 So the LORD said to Moses: "Pharaoh's heart is hard; he refuses to let the people go.
15 "Go to Pharaoh in the morning, when he goes out to the water, and you shall stand by the river's bank to meet him; and the rod which was turned to a serpent you shall take in your hand.
16 "And you shall say to him,`The LORD God of the Hebrews has sent me to you, saying, "Let My people go, that they may serve Me in the wilderness"; but indeed, until now you would not hear!
17 `Thus says the LORD: "By this you shall know that I am the LORD. Behold, I will strike the waters which are in the river with the rod that is in my hand, and they shall be turned to blood.
18 "And the fish that are in the river shall die, the river shall stink, and the Egyptians will loathe to drink the water of the river."'"
19 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, "Say to Aaron,`Take your rod and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt, over their streams, over their rivers, over their ponds, and over all their pools of water, that they may become blood. And there shall be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in buckets of wood and pitchers of stone.'"
20 And Moses and Aaron did so, just as the LORD commanded. So he lifted up the rod and struck the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants. And all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood.
21 The fish that were in the river died, the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink the water of the river. So there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt. (Exodus 7:14-21)
Movie: The female Egyptian magician unsuccessfully attempts to purify the water.
Bible: The Egyptian magicians also turn water into blood.
Then the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments; and Pharaoh's heart grew hard, and he did not heed them, as the LORD had said. (Exodus 7:22)
Movie: Next are plagues of frogs, flies, and boils on men, with no interaction between Moses and Pharaoh. But, a live horse is brought to Pharaoh with Hebrew carved (or painted blood red) on its side saying,
These catastrophes are the work of God, and they have not finished. They will get worse. We need to reach a settlement for both our sakes.
Bible: After the water is turned blood, there are frogs, lice, flies, dead livestock, boils, and six encounters between Moses and Pharaoh (Exodus 8 & 9).
Movie: After the blood red water, frogs, flies, boils, and horse message, Pharaoh demands twice the quota of bricks and no straw for them to make the bricks.
Bible: Before any plagues, Pharaoh demands the same quota of bricks, but provides no straw (Exodus 5).
Movie: The plagues come in the order of blood, frogs, flies, boils, dead livestock, severe hail (with no fire), locusts, and dead firstborn, a total of 8 plagues with no lice and no darkness (except for a moment of complete darkness after a lighting strike, and the Egyptian lamps go out when darkness comes by and the firstborn is killed).
Bible: The plagues come in the order of blood, frogs, lice, flies, dead livestock, boils, severe hail with fire, locust, thick “darkness which may be felt” for three days, and dead firstborn, a total of ten plagues (Exodus 7-12; darkness at 10:21-23).
Movie: After the locust plague Moses still doesn't believe the Hebrews are his people, even though he is there attempting and hoping to liberate them.
By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God . . . (Hebrews 11:24-25).
Movie: Moses comes to Pharaoh by himself and warns him the firstborn are going to be killed.
Bible: There is no record of Moses warning Pharaoh about the firstborn.
Movie: After the firstborn are killed, Moses and Pharaoh meet the next day during daylight.
30 So Pharaoh rose in the night, he, all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where there was not one dead.
31 Then he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, "Rise, go out from among my people, both you and the children of Israel. And go, serve the LORD as you have said.” (Exodus 12:30-31)
Movie: As the Israelites leave Egypt, the Egyptians are depicted as showing disgust for the Israelites.
And the LORD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh's servants and in the sight of the people. (Exodus 11:3)
Movie: In the desert traveling away from Egypt Moses gets no direct leading by God and comes to a couple of crossroads in which he doesn't know which way to go. At the second crossroad he prays and says, “I don't know where I am,” and asks for help; but there's no answer.
So God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the children of Israel went up in orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt. (Exodus 13:18)
21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night.
22 He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people. (Exodus 13:21-1)
Movie: The Israelites camp by the sea and spend a night with no Egyptian army in sight (although they are drawing near).
9 So the Egyptians pursued them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and overtook them camping by the sea beside Pi Hahiroth, before Baal Zephon.
10 And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD. (Exodus 14:9-10)
19 And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them.
20 So it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the one, and it gave light by night to the other, so that the one did not come near the other all that night. (Exodus 14:19-20)
Movie: Moses ends up at a point in which he doesn't know where he is other than a sea is before him and an Egyptian army behind him, but with no Egyptian army yet in sight. Moses sits down and says, “I have mislead all of them.” He throws his sword into the sea, sees a meteor fall from the sky, and sleeps the night. In the morning the sea begins to recede like a draining river off to the right as one faces the sea.
Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. (Exodus 14:21)
Movie: The children of Israel begin to cross the sea into the water flowing like a massive river (ever decreasing) with no wall of water on either side and still no sign of the Egyptian army.
So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. (Exodus 14:22)
Movie: The sea finally dries up (for the most part), the entire sea (as far as the eye can see), but much of it is still quite wet. One part is still flowing like a river. The Israelites cross the river section (about 4 feet deep) getting quite wet, and there is no wall of water on either side or Egyptian army in view.
After the Israelites are well into their journey through the sea, the Egyptian army (horses and chariots) finally shows up and enters the still wet sea bed. Not long thereafter from one side a tidal wave comes from a great distance.
22 So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.
23 And the Egyptians pursued and went after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. (Exodus 14:22-23)
Movie: Pharaoh and Moses meet face to face (about 100 yards and then closing in as Pharaoh rides toward Moses) in the midst of the sea.
Bible: No such account exists (Proverbs 30:5-6).
Movie: Moses stays in the midst of the sea bed (facing off Pharaoh), gets blasted by the tidal wave, but survives.
26 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the waters may come back upon the Egyptians, on their chariots, and on their horsemen."
27 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and when the morning appeared, the sea returned to its full depth, while the Egyptians were fleeing into it. So the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. (Exodus 14:26-27)
Movie: No sign of any problems with the Egyptian chariots. They simply flee the tidal wave, but it overpowers them and kills them.
24 Now it came to pass, in the morning watch, that the LORD looked down upon the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud, and He troubled the army of the Egyptians.
25 And He took off their chariot wheels, so that they drove them with difficulty; and the Egyptians said, "Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the LORD fights for them against the Egyptians." (Exodus 14:24-25)
Movie: Pharaoh (facing off Moses in the sea bed) gets blasted by the tidal wave in the midst of the sea, but survives.
Then the waters returned and covered the chariots, the horsemen, and all the army of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them. Not so much as one of them remained. (Exodus 14:28)
13 To Him who divided the Red Sea in two, For His mercy endures forever;
14 And made Israel pass through the midst of it, For His mercy endures forever;
15 But overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea, . . . (Psalm 136:13-15)
9 He rebuked the Red Sea also, and it dried up; So He led them through the depths, as through the wilderness.
10 He saved them from the hand of him who hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
11 The waters covered their enemies; There was not one of them left. (Psalm 106:9-11)
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