Answers – To Difficult Questions (Exodus)

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Exodus 1:15—How could two midwives take care of so many Hebrew women?
Exodus 1:15-21 – How could God bless the actions of the midwives, when they lied and disobeyed the authorities?
Exodus 1:15–21—How could God bless the Hebrew midwives for disobeying the God-ordained governmental authority (Pharaoh) and lying to him?
Exodus 2:1-9 – Should believers make irrational decisions like sailing babies down rivers?
Exodus 2:24 – If God is omniscient, how could he “remember” something?
Exodus 3:3 – Are miracles like a “burning bush” just pre-scientific myths?
Exodus 3:5 – Why does God give Moses an arbitrary command like removing his sandals?
Exodus 3:14 – What does “Yahweh” mean?
Exodus 3:18 – Why does God tell Moses that it would only be a three day trip, if he planned on rescuing them permanently from the Egyptians?
Exodus 3:22—How could an all-loving God command the Hebrews to plunder the Egyptians of their riches?
Exodus 3:22 – Why would God command the Hebrews to steal from the Egyptians?
Exodus 4:21—If God hardened Pharaoh’s heart, how can Pharaoh be held responsible?
Exodus 4:21 – How could God harden Pharaoh’s heart?
Exodus 4:24—Whom did the Lord meet at the encampment, and why did He seek to kill him?
Exodus 4:24 – Why did God want to kill Moses?
Exodus 5:3 – Why would God kill his own people with pestilence or a sword?
Exodus 6:3—Was God known by His name “Lord” (Jehovah or Yahweh) before Moses’ time?
Exodus 6:3 – How can this be the first time God revealed his name “Yahweh,” when this name is used often before this time?
Exodus 6:2-3 – Has anyone seen God or not?
Exodus 6:9—Did the children of Israel listen to Moses or disregard his words?
Exodus 6:10–13—Was Moses called by God in Egypt or in Midian?
Exodus 6:16–20—How could the people of Israel have been in Egypt for 430 years when there were only three generations between Levi and Moses?
Exodus 6:26–27—Didn’t someone besides Moses write these verses?
Exodus 6:26-27 – Why are these verses written in the third person, if Moses wrote them?
Exodus 7:11—How could the wise men and sorcerers of Pharaoh perform the same feats of power that God told Moses to perform?
Exodus 7:11 – How could the sorcerers perform supernatural signs, if they were not from God?
Exodus 7:14 – Why weren’t these 10 plagues recorded by the Egyptians?
Exodus 7:14 – Were the judgments of the 10 plagues arbitrary?
Exodus 7:19—How could Israel escape this judgment if it came upon all the land of Egypt?
Exodus 7:20—How could Moses have turned all the water to blood if the magicians had some left to do the same thing?
Exodus 9:1-7 – Did all of Egypt’s livestock die or not?
Exodus 9:19–21—If all the cattle died, then how did some survive?
Exodus 12:29—How could an all-loving God slay the firstborn of all the Egyptians?
Exodus 12:29 – Why would God slay the firstborn of the Egyptians?
Exodus 12:37 – Were there really two million Jews in the Exodus?
Exodus 13:18 – Did the Jews cross the “Red Sea” or the “Reed Sea”?
Exodus 14:21-29 – How could two million people cross the Red Sea in such a short time?
Exodus 15:3 – Is the Lord a God of peace or of war?
Exodus 16:22 – Why does the Sabbath come up at this point in the Exodus?
Exodus 16:34 – How could Moses mention the Ark of the Testimony before it was even created?
Exodus 20:4-5 – Should you make graven images or not?
Exodus 20:5 – Is it wrong for God to be jealous?
Exodus 20:5 – Does God get jealous?
Exodus 20:5 – Is it fair for God to punish someone for their father’s sins?
Exodus 20:8 – Should we keep the Sabbath or not?
Exodus 20:8–11—Why do Christians worship on Sunday when the commandment sets apart Saturday as the day of worship?
Exodus 20:12 – Can we call anyone “father” besides God, including our parents?
Exodus 20:13—How could God command people not to kill, and then, in Exodus 21:12, command that murderers be put to death?
Exodus 20:13 – Is killing right or wrong?
Exodus 20:24—Was the altar made of earth or of wood?
Exodus 20:24 – Did God speak about sacrifices or not at the Exodus?
Exodus 21:22–23—Does this passage show that unborn children are of less value than adults?
Exodus 21:22-23 – Are fetuses human beings or not?
Exodus 21:29-30 – Can we pay a ransom for murder or not?
Exodus 21:29–30—Why was capital punishment commuted in the case of some murders?
Exodus 22:29 – Does this passage condone human sacrifice?
Exodus 23:12 – Should we keep the Sabbath or not?
Exodus 23:19—Why is boiling a kid in its mother’s milk prohibited?
Exodus 24:4—How could Moses have written this when modern scholars say several different authors (JEPD) are responsible for it?
Exodus 24:9–11—How could these people see God when God said in Exodus 33:20, “no man shall see me and live”?
Exodus 24:10—Can God be seen?
Exodus 25:10-22 – Did the Tabernacle worship and the ark of testimony foreshadow the work of Christ?
Exodus 25:18 – Should you make graven images or not?
Exodus 25:18ff—If it is wrong to make graven images, why did God command Moses to make one?
Exodus 31:18—Does God have fingers?
Exodus 31:18 – Does God have fingers?
Exodus 32:14—Does God change His mind?
Exodus 32:11-14 – Did God change his mind?
Exodus 32:14 – Does the Lord change or not?
Exodus 33:3—Did God change His mind about going with the Israelites into the Land of Promise?
Exodus 34:6-7 – Do the sons bear the sins of the fathers or not?
Exodus 34:20—Were unclean animals to be redeemed with money or killed?