Bible Study Post #13 (Exodus): Race Cleansing

Maybe God really does only love one race.  Maybe we’re likely better off as a society without Him.  I’ll keep that judgement away until I finish reading the bible.

I am sure this issue will be much larger in the near future, in another book.  (Canaanites!)  But I will focus only on what I have covered so far.

Pharaoh tells the midwives that they should kill all of the male children, and allow the females to live (1:16).  The intent of is to remove the name of the Israelites so that they would no longer be a threat for the further generations in case some power struggle comes up.

And yet we’re supposed to believe that they wouldn’t be allowed to freely leave of their own accord?  Note that the time difference allows the old Pharaoh to die and be replaced, so the old Pharaoh might have given less of a fuss over leaving.  Even with God’s prodding.

This type of cleansing can be seen as nicer, or meaner than “just kill them all and be done with it.”

  • They aren’t required to have children, it could be seen as partly their fault for having a male child knowing it would die.
  • They are allowed to live making a slow change of power opposed to a clean slate.

Pharaoh might need workers, aka slaves, but the numbers of slaves would dwindle as they are born to other houses.  (Except that those houses are likely slaves too.)

Exodus 1:17

  • But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.

Fearing God is why they saved the children, rather than the love of their child?  I guess if you need that little extra push, an excuse to save the child when another reason would not be enough.

Exodus 1:21

  • And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.

Exodus 2:3

  • And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink.

Hey, she’s not physically doing the killing.  Someone will find him, right?  Even though they did, just tossing a child into a river is turning a blind eye to the child’s death that is most likely going to happen.  And even Pharaoh didn’t kill him, because no one wants to be the person who kills the baby.

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