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What The Movie Missed About The Real Exodus Story

By: john weirick

It’s a gamble when Hollywood makes films based on Bible stories: plenty can go well but plenty can go wrong.

Exodus: Gods and Kings released this weekend. Read this infographic to get the big picture of Exodus in the Bible and let’s look at how the 2014 film adaptation compares.

4 Things Exodus: Gods and Kings Didn’t Tell You About the Bible Story

1. People don’t meet God by accident.

Moses first met God by coincidence in the film, but the Bible shows us God called on Moses and Moses chose to go listen to God (Exodus 3:1-6). Although Moses did not understand God or His ways, he respected God and recognized the importance of what God wanted to do with his life.

Jesus pursues all of us. He’s been involved in our lives far longer than we realize, and He’s always calling us to something beyond our normal lives and selfish hopes. Because Jesus is patient with us, our lives can change more and more as we listen to Him and do what He says (2 Corinthians 5:17).

2. God uses unqualified people to do extraordinary things.

Moses had a speech impediment, a lack of confidence, and struggled with who he was. He didn’t know whether he was meant to live as an Egyptian in comfort and power or as an Israelite in obedience to God. When God asked Moses to speak to Pharaoh on His behalf, Moses came up with more excuses not to do what God said (Exodus 3:11-Exodus 4:17).

Moses eventually grew in faith and trusted God could work through him, despite his weaknesses, to rescue the Israelites from their desperate circumstances (Hebrews 11:24-27).

Because Jesus is patient with us, our lives can change more and more as we listen to Him and do what He says.

3. God always provides chances to turn back to Him.

In the film, Moses warned the Pharaoh, Ramses, that “something is coming” that he couldn’t control, and then the ten plagues hit Egypt. The Bible records that before every plague arrived, Moses and his brother, Aaron, repeated their message to Pharaoh: God wanted His people to live in freedom (Exodus 7-11). Pharaoh had multiple opportunities to free the Israelites from oppressive slavery, but his heart remained rebellious and angry toward God.

God doesn’t send disaster on us every time we sin. His kindness leads us to repentance: turning away from our sins and turning toward Him (Romans 2:4). In the same way, we shouldn’t give up on others because God doesn’t give up on us.

4. God works within and around nature to accomplish His plans.

The ten plagues and the parting of the Red Sea were major parts of the Exodus story (Exodus 14:15-31). The movie focused on those events as natural phenomena, but the Bible shows God orchestrated everything.

God isn’t limited to only use methods that look spiritual. He works in our lives and changes the world in both seemingly impossible miracles and seemingly ordinary circumstances (Luke 18:27). Just because we can scientifically explain weather patterns and disease doesn’t mean God doesn’t deserve praise for watering our crops with rain and healing our illnesses with medication. Everything we have is from Him and because of Him (Colossians 1:17).

Follow along in daily devotionals through the end of December to learn more about the story of Exodus.

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