Monday, May 10, 2010

Exodus 10-15

The Facts (Chapter number: Verse)

10:9 - Moses says that he and his people will go worship with their young and their old, their sons and daughters, their herds and flocks, because they have the Lord's festival to celebrate.

11:2 - God tells Moses to tell the people that all the men are to go to their neighbors and all the women are to go to their neighbors and ask for objects of silver and gold.
11:5 - God says every first born in the land of Egypt shall die, from the Pharaoh's son who sits on his throne to the firstborn of the female slave behind the land mill.

Exodus 12 - No mention of any women.

Exodus 13 - No mention of any women.

Exodus 14 - No mention of any women.

15:20-21 - The prophet, Miriam, Aaron's sister, took a tambourine and all the women danced after her with tambourine's. And Miriam sang to them, "Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; horse and rider he has thrown into the sea."

My Comments

The Bible continues to punish the slaves for the actions of the masters. I guess the Bible wouldn't want to seem wishy washy on the subject of making slaves suffer on account of their masters.

And apparently God doesn't want any firstborn FEMALE children/animals. Because, you know, why would we redeem females or act like they were worth anything. They are completely useless to God. You know, except for actually MAKING the children possible and giving birth to them and whatnot. But whatever, completely worthless.

The end of the exodus from Egypt felt almost like an M. Night Shyamalan ending. Because, what a twist, there had been a prophet there the whole time during this story that wasn't Moses and this prophet managed to not get mentioned ONCE. And it was a woman. I mean, I thought prophets were important people. But nope, seems the prophet Miriam, Aaron's sister, was there the whole time being a prophet and we had no idea. Glad they deemed it fit to mention her in a good two verses after everything was all handled by the men folk. So what made her a prophet? What did she do? Can you just call yourself a prophet and you suddenly are one? And why is she named as Aaron's sister when she must have been Moses' sister as well? And why was Miriam a prophet but not Aaron? Aaron was Moses' right hand man throughout this whole ordeal, and yet he's apparently not a prophet. So why was Miriam special? Was it because she was the sister who watched Moses on the Nile and brought him back to his mother? But how can we know that for sure when the sister wasn't even named. If she's an important prophet you'd think they would have named her during the Moses in the reeds story, so maybe that sister was a different sister entirely. And if she was prophet material, seriously, why do we only hear about her in those very last two verses. It's just weird to leave her out of the whole story and then suddenly plop her in, like we knew about her the whole time. Doesn't work, Bible.

Seems we've really stepped into the parts of the Bible that seriously lack women characters or even a mention of a woman. But, you know, it totally makes sense when women are so inferior to men that God doesn't count them as the first born. Ever. Even if they ARE the first born, God wants nothing to do with it. So yeah, when this is the case it makes sense that women are very absent and the prophet Miriam gets a two verse cameo.

Tomorrow: Exodus 16-21

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