In the past couple of months I watched Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings. Now I know that both of these movies came with controversy and the Exodus movie received poor reviews, but I think that there is something that both movies can bring to the table. While neither of these movies entirely lines up with the narratives found in Genesis and Exodus, they reminded me that Noah and Moses were real people with real struggles and real frustrations. Noah showcases his drunkness at the end of the movie and Exodus: Gods and Kings shows a Moses who struggles to accept his past and wrestles with God’s decision to kill the first born of Egypt. Continue reading
I was catching up on the Story and was reading through the chapter that included the story of the Golden Calf. I think I’ve heard and read the story a hundred times and seen it portrayed year after year in the Ten Commandments movie, but this time through I was particularly struck by on verse. “He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’”
These are your gods, who brought you up out of Egypt. Here they are at the base of the mountain where God is talking to Moses not too long after God brought them up out of Egypt and they are proclaiming that this calf among other gods brought them out of Egypt. They saw with their own eyes what God did for them. They walked through the Red Sea on dry ground. They could see and were afraid of what was happening up on the mountain. In spite of all this, they chose to make their own gods.