Exodus 14 tells the story of God drowning the Egyptian army. How can God drown Israel’s enemies when Jesus tells us to die for our enemies? In this post, I argue that God didn’t kill the Egyptian army Himself, but God did take the blame for this event and bears responsibility for it because it is something that happened on His watch and seemingly by the hand of His prophet, Moses.
If a basic rule of hermeneutics is that the simpler and clearer texts should override the more difficult and troubling texts, and if Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God so that He can say “if you have seen Me, you have seen the Father,” why do we choose to let the more troubling, difficult, and violent texts override and trump the loving, merciful, and Christlike texts?
When Jesus reveals the God of the tenth plague to us, it is not a God of death, fear, and destruction, but a God of deliverance, hope, protection, and redemption. God is not a baby-killing deity, who seeks to exact revenge on His enemies for a crime many decades old, but is a self-sacrificial, enemy-loving God, who would rather die for His enemies than see His enemies die.