The Bible Slam: Exodus Chapter 07

Moses, who is 80 years old, and his brother Aaron, who is 83 years old, confront Pharaoh per God's instructions.   God says twice in this chapter that he will "harden Pharaoh's heart" so that he will not let the people of Israel go.

This chapter involves basically a magic match by Moses and Aaron vs. the Egyptian magicians.

First, Aaron throws down his rod and it turns into a serpent.   The Egyptian magicians do the same thing, but Aaron's serpent then eats all the other serpents.

Next, God tells Moses and Aaron that Pharaoh's heart is hardened (which he said he would cause to happen) and tells them to do the next trick, which is to turn the river into blood so that all the fish die and it stinks, as well as to turn all other water into blood, whether it's in a pond or in a jar.   So Aaron does this.   The Egyptian magicians do the same thing, and Pharaoh's heart is still hard.   This condition lasts for seven days.

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Discussion Points.

Inconsistencies. As Chelev points out in the video and the Skeptic's Annotated version of the King James Bible point out, this chapter makes no sense.   If every drop of water was turned into blood, how could the Egyptian magicians turn water into blood?

Pharaoh's Heart.   With this chapter, we are told three times now that "the Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart" so that he would not let the people of Israel go.   Christian apologists say that this is a mistranslation (see the discussion in Exodus 4).   If only apologists were so sympathetic about other biblical passages, such as gays being an abomination!

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