I'm not lost. I'm taking the scenic route.

A lot of this is a love note to my wife but there will occasionally be a random thought thrown in every once in a while.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

The Eleventh Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Believe How Bad ABC Butchered Then Ten Commandments


It is a tradition that every Easter we watch the Ten Commandments and this year was no different. What was different was the version of the Ten Commandments. I mnot saying the 1956 Charleton Heston version is exactly true to the Bible and that some artistic liberty wasn't taken but it had a lot more right about it than this latest version. I am sure there are more things than I am about to point out but I will deffinatly hit the high (or low) points from this one. This whole story is from Exodus and I will put chapter and verse after each point for you to look it up yourself.

First: Moses' mother did NOT take him straight from the womb to the river. There were a few days and she told his sister to watch the basket to make sure he was ok. 2:2

Second: When the princess found him in the river, Moses' sister told the princess that she would find a nurse maid for her. The princess never knew it was his real mother. 2:7-9

Third: Moses was never captured for killing the Egyptian. He escaped when the Pharaoh sent for him to be killed. 2:15

Fourth: When Moses saw the burning bush God told him to take off his sandals because the ground was Holy and Moses did. (Would you say no?) In this ABC version Moses was not even told to take them off. 3:5

Fifth: Moses knew all along where he was leading his people because God told him they would get the land that belonged to the Canaanite, Hittite, Perizzite, Hivite and the Jesubite. That's a lot of tites. 3:8

Sixth: God gave Moses two signs to show the people His power. The first was the staff that turned to a snake and the second was Moses was to touch his chest with his hand and when he removed it, it would have leprosy. When he touched his chest again, it would be clean. 4:2-8

Seventh: Moses stuttered. Little known fact for those of us raised on Charleton Heston. 4:10

Eigth: When Moses goes to Pharaoh the first time, Pharaoh gets angry and makes the slave do extra work so they will have no time to listen to Moses' words. Exo. 5. Yes the whole chapter/

Ninth: God spoke to Moses AND Aaron. Not just Moses. 6:13

Tenth: After the slaves were free they did have a celebration. The Passover. 12:42-51

Yes, there are mor than ten.

Eleventh: God ALWAYS gave the people a sign of where they were supposed to go. A cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. 13:21-22

Twelth: Moses' people crossed on dry land when God parted the sea. Not mud. Not sloshing through puddles but dry land. The sea was parted by a strong east wind. Not a volcanic eruption like ABC would have you believe. 14:13-22

Thirteenth: The people only went three days without water before God showed them the well. 15:22-27

fourteenth: They ate not only manna but quail also. They did not even have to hunt for them. They came into the camp. 16:13

Again, there were many more artistic liberties taken with this story but at this point you should read the story for yourself and not buy into how television or the movies portray the exodus of Isreal from Egypt.

Something that has always amazed me was how someone could see the Red Sea part and then crash down on their enemies and not believe in God? How food could literly come out of thin air to were you would never be hungry and not believe in God? People are so ungrateful for the things that God has given them. We are even vain enough to think that we may have provided these things for ourselves. I know I have. But I also know that I am thankful for my beautiful wife and how she keeps me grounded and inline. Thankful for my beautiful children that God has given me. Thankful for the family that I have for always being there when they are needed.

4 Comments:

  • At 8:46 AM, Blogger Joygirl said…

    Yeah - -I'm with you. I didn't like the new one either. Speaking of Tites, Im whats known as a Hestonite. Charlie cannot be replaced as Moses.

    You forgot to mention how an "extra" miracle was added in - - the one where he put a bush in the water and made it clean. Was that in the bible?

    Also, didn't the ground open up and swallow up those that didnt stand with Moses? Or did they really kill them?

     
  • At 8:56 AM, Blogger Gordo said…

    Actually, whne they came upon the well in the wilderness Mogses did put a branch in the water to make it sweet. I found that last night. I did not realize that was in the Bible too.

     
  • At 10:31 AM, Blogger NeverEnough said…

    You're missing your calling as a minister - I'm serious. You know your stuff. Oh, and I didn't know Moses stuttered. Are you serious about that?

     
  • At 1:00 PM, Blogger Gordo said…

    Yes Jen it is true that Moses had a stutter. The Bible states that Moses told God that he was, 'not an eloquent speaker and was slow of tonque.' That has commonly been translated as a stutter. I put the chapter and verse after all the corrections I made and Exodus is the book the story comes out of. Have a looksee for youself.

     

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