Moses killed only a handful of unfortunate transgressors himself, but, in the name of and at the command of gawd, he ordered the death of thousands. How can you draw inspiration and faith from the genocide, rape and murder commanded by gawd and executed by Moses?
The central idea in Exodus is Moses.
Here we are introduced to a hero figure of the old testament. The Moses of the Bible is larger than life. The Moses of the Bible is a diplomat negotiating with the pharaoh; he is a lawgiver bringing the Ten Commandments, the Covenant, down from Sinai. The Moses of the Bible is a military man leading the Israelites in battles. He's the one who organizes Israel's judiciary. He's also the prophet par excellence and a quasi-priestly figure involved in offering sacrifices and setting up the priestly complex, the tabernacle. There's virtually nothing in terms of national leadership that Moses doesn't do.
The Qur'an mentions him more frequently than any other prophet. So, there is no doubt that Moses is important to all major faiths. We hear about Moses in the next 3 books of the bible; Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Exodus is a theme that's mentioned over and over again in various parts of the Bible
Moses starts his murdering spree early in life when he kills an Egyptian who was beating up a Jew.
Incomplete - not finished with this but let me at least get my favorite passage in here:
This is the most amazing piece of work yet.
Note that in chapter 20, Moses comes down from the Mount with the 10 commandments; one of which is "Do Not Kill".
31:7 And they warred against the Midianites, as the LORD commanded Moses; and they slew all the males.
31:8 And they slew the kings of Midian, beside the rest of them that were slain; namely, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian: Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword.
31:9 And the children of Israel took all the women of Midian captives, and their little ones, and took the spoil of all their cattle, and all their flocks, and all their goods.
31:10 And they burnt all their cities wherein they dwelt, and all their goodly castles, with fire.
31:11 And they took all the spoil, and all the prey, both of men and of beasts.
31:12 And they brought the captives, and the prey, and the spoil, unto Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and unto the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the camp at the plains of Moab, which are by Jordan near Jericho.
31:13 And Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and all the princes of the congregation, went forth to meet them without the camp.
31:14 And Moses was wroth with the officers of the host, with the captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, which came from the battle.
31:15 And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive?
31:16 Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD.
31:17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.
31:18 But all the women children*, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.
Who of you reading this can be proud of what your God was able to accomplish here?
Genocide, slave concubines all in the name of gwad who was pissed that .... heck I don't know ... pissed because he hardened their hearts and then didn't like what they did because of their hardened hearts. This book was not written by God!
* "all the (virgin) women children ... keep alive for yourselves" I call that child molestation. What do you call it?