The Exodus – Take the Stuff!!

But every woman shall ask of her neighbor, namely, of her who dwells near her house, articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing; and you shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians.”   Exodus 3:22

I can’t help thinking of the movie Speed with Keanu Reeves. He’s commandeered a man’s sports car and ripped the door off. Before jumping from that speeding car onto a moving bus, he politely asks the guy if he may borrow his cell phone. The response?

Take the phone

“Take the phone!”

The God of Israel has turned their water to blood, killed their livestock, inflicted them with disease, destroyed their crops and killed every first-born man and animal in the country.  Every Egyptian is standing in what’s left of their homes, surrounded by devastation, the bodies of their loved ones, and there’s a knock on the door.  It’s a Hebrew slave.

“Excuse me, but…can I have your stuff?”

“Take the stuff!”

Without U-Hauls, just how much stuff did they take? Let’s start with how many Israelites there might have been. When they first showed up in Egypt it was just Jacob and families coming to be with Joseph where all the food was. Genesis 46:27 tells us that “And the sons of Joseph who were born to him in Egypt were two persons. All the persons of the house of Jacob who went to Egypt were seventy.”

The Exodus happened 430 years later, and those 70 had grown to over two million! Without going into all of the population models covered by Dr. Lennart Moller in his book, The Exodus case, I’ll just tell you that’s a conservative estimate. The book of Numbers bears this out.

Numbers 1:17-50 gives us a count of all the fighting men over the age of 20 just two years after the Yam Suph (Red Sea) crossing; 603,460! Obviously, that doesn’t count old men, young men, women, and children.  Every one of them could carry something!

Additionally, remember that the Israelite’s livestock was spared, and Egyptians who believed were given a chance to bring their servants and animals into shelter before the hail killed the rest.

Between people and animals, that’s a lot of bodies to carry a lot of loot!

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You’re sure that’s everything on the list??

“Sarah! Let mommy put these necklaces on you before we hit the road. Benjamin, put these plates in your sack. Sweetheart, do you like this amulet on me? Does this linen dress make me look fat?  Don’t leave that goat behind!”

Like I said…lots of bodies carrying lots of stuff.

And don’t forget Mr. Ipuwer, he of the famous papyrus:

“Gold and lapis lazuli, silver and malachite, carnelian and bronze… are fastened on the neck of female slaves.”

The evidence is that the Israelites made out like bandits! After all, where do you think they got all of that gold to make the Golden Calf when they felt Moses was a tad overdue from his visit on Mt. Sinai with God? I can tell you they didn’t go to Jared!

NEXT – Which way did they go?

Quote for 07/15/208

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.   John 15:5

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This is an echo of John 14:6 where Jesus tells us that “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Yes, we understand that a branch disconnected from its roots dies. So, as branches of Jesus, grafted into Him through faith, we can be productive, we can bear the fruits of faith.

Many graft themselves into many other false “vines;” Buddha, Mohamed, the occult, even simple optimism based on self alone. None of these work for eternity.

As in the humanism movement, good works and brotherly help can be seen in many faiths, but only in Christ are these fruits of the Spirit He first sent to His disciples; The Helper.

Good works no longer serve the purpose of salvation. They only serve the purpose of leading others to Christ, of sharing His love with all we meet.

Good works in any other name only lead people astray to false gods; humanism, optimism, inclusivity, or any number of good-feeling ideals that Satan sponsors.

Yes! Satan sponsored good works? Think on it; if Satan came to us with horns, pitchfork, and his burning pit he would steal no one away from God. No one would follow that picture! But if he comes as light and kindness he can deceive many away from their Lord and Saviour!

I applaud the intention of many to do the good works that many Christians fail to do, that they wish to be of service to their fellow man. However, I despair that they believe those good works are all there is. The only truly nourishing fruit is that which is produced, fed by the True Vine of Jesus!

The Exodus – The King Tut Connection

At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well.  Exodus 12:29

King TutKing Tut was a complete unknown until his tomb was discovered in 1922. Despite the magnificence of his treasure, he was apparently buried very quickly. The tomb is modest; four rooms. That is not in balance with the gold and riches found with him; stuff befitting a king, but not his tomb.

Before starting on this article, I researched to make sure I remembered things correctly as well as assure myself that there were no new developments. My recollection is that Tut was thought to have died mysteriously, but later examination of his corpse indicated a fatal head wound, probably indicating assassination.

Current research indicates he was 9 when he ascended the throne. That must be viewed in light of what we already know about Egyptian government. The Pharaoh remained in charge while his successor was apprenticed in to the “family business” as a co-ruler. His father, Amenhotep III going by the chart, would still be the overall head of the government.

Egyptian Succesion Chart

The Exodus Case, Page 126

 

I should also point out here that one history names Akhenaten/Amenhotep IV as his father. I personally don’t place a great deal of concern onto this discrepancy. Egyptian history is very sketchy, in no small part due to their never having used a calendar as we know it. Placing Egyptian events can be tricky, so Amenhotep III vs. Amenhotep IV does not give me great pause. However, in the name of credibility, I felt it only it fair and responsible to point out this discrepancy of different accounts.

The real thing that focuses our attention on Tut in this point in history is his death at about the same time as The Exodus. He died at 19, and prior theories aside, his death remains an admitted mystery.

Tuts MummyI viewed a National Geographic video in preparation for today’s article, which is very intriguing. The first big discovery is the hole in the base of his skull, which was thought to have been the result of assassination. Tut’s remains were scanned by MRI in 2006. The hole was discovered NOT to have been a fatal wound, but part of the embalming process. The MRI revealed traces of embalming fluid running down inside the hole in his skull.

Second is that the MRI shows that his right leg was broken at the knee. The kneecap is missing, and the flesh is torn such that it appears to have never healed. These are the facts.

The interpretation of those facts is that he had a fall, broke his leg, developed gangrene, and that’s what killed him. Remember that the gangrene is part of the theory, not established fact as far as I have seen and read. That is why his death remains a mystery.

Why did he fall in the first place? Some theorize that it was a fall from a chariot in a battle, but others discount this due to his age. Hold on to that one, and we’ll circle back.

The same history that theorizes the chariot accident also relates that his wife, Ankhesenamun, contacted the Hittite King, asking for a marriage with one of his sons. He eventually sends her a son. It is understood that he died en route, and no more is known. That’s very odd, but let’s circle back to that shortly as well.

Hopefully you are starting to see where this is leading us; namely, the theory that King Tut, son of Amenhotep III, was the first-born of his father, and died as part of the final plague God sent upon Egypt. If this is indeed the case, then Amenhotep III was the Pharaoh who gave chase after the Children of Israel and was drowned in Yam Suph along with his entire army.

Egypt would then have no Pharaoh to bury; only his dead, first-born son. Tut was too young to have accomplished much of anything, too young to have earned the riches he was buried with. All that was found in his tomb was his father’s, not his. That would explain the hasty burial and modest tomb, which was filled with incredible treasure.

The leg wound? I submit it was not his cause of death, but probably happened if he was struck down while standing and fell.

Ankhesenamun: maybe she was not Tut’s wife, but rather his father’s wife. In the exodus Case, Dr. Lennart Moller relates a strange exchange between the pharaoh’s widow and the Hittite king. The summary is the record left by one of the Hittite king’s sons.

“…the widowed queen of Egypt sent an ambassador to my father and wrote to him these terms: ‘My husband id dead and I have no son. If you send me one of your sons he will become my husband, for it is repugnant to me to take one of my servants to husband.’”

The king suspected he was being duped and replied to her as much. Her response in part:

“If I had a son, should I write to a foreign country in a manner humiliating to me and to my country?”

Tut Letter

The Exodus Case, Page 164

 

If indeed part of the plagues and The Exodus, her son, Tut, died in the final plague, and her husband was drowned with his entire army in Yam Suph. That means potential husbands like senior generals along with any other eligible officials were all dead from any of the plagues or drowning. Her only option outside of a servant was foreign.

Indeed, without an army, alliance with another country which still had an army was her only option in preserving herself and her country.

NEXT – How many were there and which way did they go?

Quote for 07/14/2018

As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.   Psalm 18:30 NIV

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I believe this. I truly do. But there are days like today after shepherding my adult daughter through three seizures since 3:00am that I’m left trying to figure it out.

Sin – and my daughter’s seizures – came into this world through Adam and Eve’s choice of Satan’s temptation over God’s promise. God’s Word is flawless, so I know this to be true.

We’re left wondering about that shield. Perhaps the shield isn’t against the consequences of living in a sinful world where Satan constantly hurts us and throws horrible things into our lives. Perhaps the shield is against despair that things will ever get better. As long as we take refuge in Him, His shield keeps us from forsaking Him as we stumble through the Valley of the Shadow of Death.

David writes in Psalm 23 that he will fear no evil as he walks through that valley.

I believe the saying is true that Satan only goes after those he doesn’t yet have. Why consume effort needlessly for something already in his possession? So he keeps working at my daughter, my wife, and me.

But God’s shield holds against fear and doubt. Trials come, and God uses those to refine us like gold, to produce character and hope (Romans 5:3-5).

Scripture, as they say, interprets scripture. One verse alone doesn’t always instruct. And that is why we continuously read His flawless Word!

Quote for 07/13/2018

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.   Matthew 24:35 NIV

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This reminds me of John 1 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Jesus is the Word by which God made all of Creation. When He speaks all of creation listens! When the Word who is responsible for everything that exists gives His Word on something, you can bet that there is power and longevity there!

The most important Word Jesus ever gave us is that He loves us. He sacrificed the incredible power He had in the heavens with God. He sacrificed His life to pay our debt of sin. He prayed for His disciples and all future believers that they would all be one with Him and the Father. He did it with words!

From creating us and a universe to live in to cherishing us to pray for us, He did it with words. His words. Powerful words! Eternal words!

Quote for 07/12/2018

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.   1 John 4:11-12

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Have you ever walked into your room or office and somehow know someone has been there? They might have moved a thing or two just slightly. Maybe you just got some sort of undefined feeling that your space has been visited. You didn’t actually see anyone in the room, but you still know from the signs left from their visit, no matter how small.

No one has ever seen God. However, we can know that God is “in the room” by the effect He has on our lives. I sometimes doubt that I am saved. I continue to struggle against sin, often losing. But I look at what God has inspired me to do in my life. This blog is one thing. It takes a fair amount of time to keep up with the publishing schedule I set for myself. I do it, because I want to share God’s Word and support whatever Christian community I can reach. I want to reach people who do not yet know God and hopefully plant a seed in their minds that will take root by virtue of the Holy Spirit.

I try to do nice things for other people just because God does nice things for me. I don’t always succeed, but the struggle to do good continues.

I’ve never seen God directly, but I can see His effect in my life, in me behavior! That’s why it is so important to “do the good works God has prepared for us in advance!” They aren’t for Him; they are for us and others to see His reflection in our “room!” They are for us and everyone we meet to get that feeling that Someone Else has been and continues to be in our space.

Let My People Go – The Ipuwer Papyris

Egyptian PlunderDuring the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the Lord as you have requested. 32 Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go. And also bless me.” 33 The Egyptians urged the people to hurry and leave the country. “For otherwise,” they said, “we will all die!” 34 So the people took their dough before the yeast was added, and carried it on their shoulders in kneading troughs wrapped in clothing. 35 The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing. 36 The Lord had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians.   Exodus 12:31-36

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Sakkara – Built like a fortress with only one way in

Let’s take a quick trip back to Joseph and the great famine he saved Egypt from. Egypt was not yet the great country it would become. Thanks to Joseph’s management, courtesy of God, people from the entire region came to Egypt to buy grain. Business was booming! Egypt didn’t just survive the famine; they made out like bandits! When money ran out, people gave over their land to the Egyptian government, which increased their wealth exponentially.

 

This is what turned Egypt from being an also-ran country to the regional superpower! There were even more building projects as well as a military buildup; a standing army, spears, metal-works, bows and arrows, and even the “tank” of their day – the chariot.

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1-2 horses and 1-2 soldiers; driver and archer

 

Egypt had become the USA of the ancient Middle East. Then they got hit with these plagues. The land was completely ravaged of crops by way of the hail and then locust swarms consuming what was left. People likely died from the Nile turned to blood, boils, frog carcasses, and especially mosquitos! Think about it for a moment; mosquitos are the deadliest creature of the entire animal kingdom spreading more death by disease than anything else in nature.

Finally, the first born of every Egyptian citizen and their entire livestock died overnight, absolutely devastating the population and especially the government! Rule of law would have fallen by the wayside as panic ensued!

If something like that happened to the USA, you’d expect someone might notice and write about it!

In The Exodus Case, Dr. Lennart Moller correctly notes that the first order of business for the country was survival. There was no CNN, and people were too busy staying alive to keep diary entries.

Still…

A man named Ipuwer wrote a poem lamenting the destruction of his country – Egypt. It is called The Admonitions of Ipuwer, part of a larger and incomplete literary work. From Wikipedia:

Ipuwer – a name typical of the period 1850-1450 BCE – complains that the world has been turned upside-down: a woman who had not a single box now has furniture, a girl who looked at her face in the water now owns a mirror, while the once-rich man is now in rags. He demands that the Lord of All (a title which can be applied both to the king and to the creator sun-god) should destroy his enemies and remember his religious duties. This is followed by a violent description of disorder: there is no longer any respect for the law and even the king’s burial inside the pyramid has been desecrated. The story continues with the description of better days until it abruptly ends due to the missing final part of the papyrus.

The Ipuwer Papyrus, as it is now known, was discovered in the early 1800’s and taken to the Leiden Museum of Holland. A.H. Gardener was able to translate in 1909.

 

Following is a table comparing the description Ipuwer wrote to the events related in Exodus. As you read through the comparisons, ask yourself the following:

Exodus CaseHow many coincidences does it take to make a connection? What are the odds that there should be so many parallels? As Dr. Moller asks in summary of his entire book, if this was presented in evidence for a court trial, what verdict would you give in The Exodus Case?

IPUWER PAPYRUS – LEIDEN 344 TORAH – EXODUS
2:5-6 Plague is throughout the land. Blood is everywhere.

2:10 The river is blood.

2:10 Men shrink from tasting – human beings, and thirst after water

3:10-13 That is our water! That is our happiness! What shall we do in respect thereof? All is ruin.

7:20 …all the waters of the river were turned to blood.

7:21 …there was blood thoughout all the land of Egypt …and the river stank.

7:24 And all the Egyptians dug around the river for water to drink; for they could not drink of the water of the river.

2:10 Forsooth, gates, columns and walls are consumed by fire.

10:3-6 Lower Egypt weeps… The entire palace is without its revenues. To it belong [by right] wheat and barley, geese and fish

6:3 Forsooth, grain has perished on every side.

5:12 Forsooth, that has perished which was yesterday seen. The land is left over to its weariness like the cutting of flax.

9:23-24 …and the fire ran along the ground… there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous.

9:25 …and the hail smote every herb of the field, and broke every tree of the field.

9:31-32 …and the flax and the barley was smitten; for the barley was in season, and flax was ripe.

But the wheat and the rye were not smitten; for they were not grown up.

10:15 …there remained no green things in the trees, or in the herbs of the fields, through all the land of Egypt.

5:5 All animals, their hearts weep. Cattle moan…

9:2-3 Behold, cattle are left to stray, and there is none to gather them together.

9:3 …the hand of the Lord is upon thy cattle which is in the field… and there shall be a very grievous sickness.

9:19 …gather thy cattle, and all that thou hast in the field…

9:21 And he that did not fear the word of the Lord left his servants and cattle in the field.

9:11 The land is without light 10:22 And there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt.
4:3 (5:6) Forsooth, the children of princes are dashed against the walls.

6:12 Forsooth, the children of princes are cast out in the streets.

6:3 The prison is ruined.

2:13 He who places his brother in the ground is everywhere.

3:14 It is groaning throughout the land, mingled with lamentations

12:29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive that was in the prison.

12:30 …there was not a house where there was not one dead.

12:30 …there was a great cry in Egypt.

7:1 Behold, the fire has mounted up on high. Its burning goes forth against the enemies of the land. 13:21 … by day in a pillar of cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night.
3:2 Gold and lapis lazuli, silver and malachite, carnelian and bronze… are fastened on the neck of female slaves. 12:35-36 …and they requested from the Egyptians, silver and gold articles and clothing. And God made the Egyptians favour them and they granted their request. [The Israelites] thus drained Egypt of its wealth.

NEXT – Who died? Anyone we know?

Quote for 07/11/2018

In that day you will say: “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.   Isaiah 12:4 NIV

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“That day” is Jesus’ Second Coming as described in the previous chapter; “In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the surviving remnant of his people…”

This echoes a favorite passage of mine, Psalm 50:15. “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”

I read that years ago when I was in I was in great despair. I copied it onto my prayer list to remind me that when God turned things around for me, I would tell everyone how God rescued me from my earthly calamity.

Isaiah 12:4 tells us how Jesus will rescue the world from eternal calamity:

“…with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked…The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.”

Everything will be perfect just as it was at Creation! The person Who can turn all things back to how they were when God saw that everything was good is certainly worthy of praise and exaltation!

Quote for 07/10/2018

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.   2 Timothy 1:7

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My first job out of graduate school was working in a kitchen at a restaurant. I was extremely open about my faith, studying the Bible and praying daily.

The restaurant owner was driving me from one location back to his downtown location. He asked me a question during the ride, which I somehow misinterpreted. I took the opportunity to talk about my faith and the issue I thought he had brought up until we arrived. I caught a wry smile from him, and I suddenly realized I had completely missed what he had asked.

I can’t today remember what I thought he asked nor what I had said to him; not a bit of it. What I do remember is having only the most fleeting feeling of embarrassment which immediately gave way to faith.

I, in faith, simply assumed God had caused me to mis-hear what he had said, that God had used me to deliver a message to him.

This is no different from when I witnessed to a fellow actor less than 24 hours before he died; see my article Damned from 2016.

God uses us to send His messages to those He would have come to faith. We can’t do that in a spirit of timidity. Only in love and self-disciplined study and prayer can we fulfill the many missions God has laid out for us.

Extra! Extra! Cloning Neanderthal Brains!

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I know – this isn’t my normal day to post an article.  I don’t want to interrupt my flow on the Bible on normal publishing days, but this is too much to pass on. So…

 

A team of researchers hope lab-grown brains from 550,000-year-old Neanderthals will be able to pilot the movements of a crab-like robot.

I was driving back from a day trip yesterday, and my wife and I decided to listen to a recent episode of Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis. He tackles some pretty out there topics, and I don’t always buy into his interpretation of things, but he does make you think.

His July 6 show is titled “Techtopian Gods,” and deals with researchers using Neanderthal DNA to grow Neanderthal brains that they will hook up to crab-like robots and see what happens.

They use more and longer words, but that’s the gist of it.

I listened in fascination and wavering belief that this was real. I looked it up on the internet this afternoon and there it was, big as life. The University of California, San Diego is doing this AND they are also doing the same experiment with modern human DNA, using stem cells, which we all know come from…all together now class!

“Aborted – a.k.a. murdered – babies!”

According to the UCSD, these pea-sized brainlets, called organoids, aren’t capable of thought or emotion. Well, if they’re so sure of that, why are they hooking them up to crab-like robots to see what happens? Is there a psychic on staff to ensure this?

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Uncle Bob?!?

The purpose? To compare the brainlets/organoids to see what gave homo sapiens a leg up on Neanderthals. Well, that’s just silly, because if they’d kept up on the latest papers regarding Neanderthals, they’d know that there’s been a shift in thought that says Neanderthals were not so stupid after all. In fact, they were pretty smart, fashioning tools and such. You’d think of them more as humans of a different ethnicity rather than a sub-species. In fact, many hold that there are still Neanderthals roaming around in polite society today.

 

So who says homo sapiens beat them out for survival in the first place? Do these people even keep up on their own fields of study?

This is all in line with the heartlessness that pervades science today. When confronted with the question of whether these brainlets/organoids can think or feel, they simply assert as fact whatever answer best suits their purposes. What do they base that assertion on? History?

No ,wait! This has never been done before, so I ask again, how do they know? Answer: They don’t!

This is the same brand of science that chops off a dog’s head, then keeps it alive and conscious as long as possible as a sort of experiment to see how a head transplant might be made viable. Don’t believe me? There’s a video out there, courtesy of Chinese “doctors.”

This is the same science that kills unborn babies to harvest stem cells for experiments and research. They, of course, get all out of joint when critics denounce the practice. They ask if we have no heart for people with nerve disorders who might benefit from their barbarity.

I ask if they have no heart for the unborn children they kill.

Or what about scientists who combine human and pig DNA to produce…something… that might grow a human organ? The abort the fetuses from their pig mom to see if they were successful, because they admittedly aren’t sure yet if they’re targeting the right gene sequence. Better to abort a potential pig-man before it’s recognizable as such than to have it discovered, if things don’t go as planned.

See my 2017 article, Human-Pig Hybrid?? For details and the original articles.

The only possible summary comes courtesy of Dr. Ian Malcolm from Jurrasic Park:

Dr-Ian-Malcolm-discusses-Could-and-Should“Gee, the lack of humility before nature that’s being displayed here, um, staggers me…Don’t you see the danger, John, inherent in what you’re doing here? Genetic power is the most awesome force that plant’s ever seen, but you wield like a kid who’s found his dad’s gun…I’ll tell you the problem with the scientific power that you’re using here. It didn’t require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn’t earn the knowledge for yourself so you don’t take any responsibility for it…Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could they didn’t stop to think if they should.”