Scripture Supporting Apologetics | Exodus 14:31
I would suggest apologetics are a significant part of the Bible. Consider every sign and miracle recorded from the Old Testament to the New Testament. It is a book of historical facts and evidence. Thus, I am completely baffled as to why so many are either against apologetics or do not seem to think apologetics biblical.
I have completed five blogs, four from the New Testament (Matthew 22:37, 2 Corinthians 10:5, Titus 1:9, 1 Peter 3:15) and one from the Old Testament (Genesis 1:1), focused on scripture supporting apologetics. The examples of apologetics are too numerous to count. However, at times, the scripture identifying apologetics is a bit harder. As with today’s verse, the examples abound prior to and following, Exodus 14:31. But there it is, amidst the narrative of the story, another example of scripture supporting apologetics.
Exodus 14:31 states:
“Israel saw the great power that the Lord used against the Egyptians, so the people feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.”
The book of Exodus, most it anyway, is an example of apologetics. Our verse is confirmation of how God uses apologetics. Let’s go back and look at what is taking place to establish a foundation and then I will provide some common objections to the scripture.
All right, an overview of what is taking place, I would think we all know the story… It is the story of Moses and the Exodus from Egypt. A common Sunday school story. I have heard it since I was a child.
The Book of Exodus begins more than four hundred years after Joseph, his brothers, and the Pharaoh he once served have all died. Pharaoh directs all Hebrew boys be killed, one woman puts her son in a basket in the Nile river and pharaohs daughter finds him. She names him Moses. God appears to Moses in a burning bush, and asks Moses to go to Egypt and free His people, the Israelites. Moses does not want to do as God asked. However, reluctantly agrees. God gives him a staff, not a group of people that work for him, a stick basically, and tells him to take his brother with him. Moses asks who do I say sent me and God says, “I am who I am.”
Now seriously, think about this. Do you not see why this would appeal to children and adults to reject such a childlike story?
It’s why I do what I do. Like I said, I would think most have heard this story. Please do not think I am taking it lightly. The point is simply to establish a foundation.
Anyway, Moses and Aron, his brother, go to Egypt. To summarize, Moses asks Pharaoh to release the Israelites, the pharaoh refuses. God sends 10 plagues on Egypt. The tenth plague kills all the first-born males. Moses tells the Hebrew people to put blood on their door posts in the blood of a sacrificed lamb as a sign for God to protect their homes from his killings.
Pharaoh releases the Israelites. Moses leads the group, over 600000, out of Egypt. A cloud guides them by day and fire by night…
More bedtime stories maybe? Seriously, I am not making light of this. Consider what we are teaching our children and what a non-believer would think of this story.
However, look at the apologetics taking place and we haven’t gotten to our verse yet!
Back to the story…
The people complain they are going to die in the wilderness. Moses is leading them west toward the sea. Death appeared imminent as the group came to the water. Moses raises his staff, God parts the sea, the people are safe. Yet, when Pharaohs army attempts to cross, the sea closes and kills the entire army.
Finally, our verse,
Exodus 14:31 “Israel saw the great power that the Lord used against the Egyptians, so the people feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses”.
Why did they believe?
Exactly, evidence, apologetics! Read the verse again!
Now, think about how often we teach this exact story to kids. Think of all the evidence God used from Moses and his staff turning into a snake, to the 10 plagues, to the parting of the red sea. I think it is clear all of this was done for a “reason”, apologetics, and to give evidence, apologetics, with our verse supporting it!
Why is this so important? Let me provide some common objections/apologetics from our overview taken from the Apologetics Study Bible.
“Could a staff/stick actually become a serpent? Yes, if God transforms it”. From our overview, which I did not’t include verse numbers, God made these things happen to convince doubters that He had really appeared to Moses. Apologetics
“Were the ten plagues natural occurrences, not miracles? According to the Bible they were true miracles – signs and wonders performed by God”. Apologetics
“It was the people’s obedience to God that saved them, not the blood on the doorpost. By doing so, they demonstrated that they were placing their trust in a sacrificial death prescribed by God for their salvation”. Apologetics
“If the exodus occurred as the Bible describes it, why does it receive no mention in Egyptian records”? Objection
“Did the Israelites pass through a marsh – a sea of reeds – and not the Red Sea”? Objection
“Some scholars have suggested that most of the exodus narrative is fabricated, though it may contain kernels of historical truth”. Objection
One verse, six examples of apologetics and objections. Can you see why it is so much more than a children’s story? Here in lies why truth is so important!
Do you, as a Christian believe this is a literal historical event? If not, why? If so, then you need to have an answer for the hope you have. (1 Peter 3:15)
Apologetics work, the Bible tells me so…
John Mays is the Regional Director for the state of West Virginia and the Chapter Director at Marshall University. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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