The Flight From Egypt.
Giorgia in Lower IV combined a journalistic skill with knowledge of R.E. in a recent assignment. Here she tells us of the Exodus – the flight of the Israelites from Egypt.
However, Giorgia gave a twist to the traditional telling by challenging herself to write it from the Egyptian perspective. Mrs McDermott, Head of R.E. commented, ‘I think it is utterly brilliant!’
‘In the month of Aviv, 430 years after staying in the country of Egypt, the Israelites escaped and began their journey to the ‘Promised Land’.
At night, the Israelites began their awaited journey from Rameses to Sukkoth. Many people were spotted leaving Egypt. To be precise, there were 600,000 men besides women and children and a large number of livestock, both flocks and herds. On each of their shoulders, they carried dough to make unleavened bread, which they would eat throughout their lengthy trip. What a sight!
In addition, it has been brought to our attention that a middle-aged man named Moses is the leader of this journey. It had been recorded that the Israelites acted upon Moses’s words. Evidence for this is the Israelites were told to ask and take articles of silver and gold for clothing from the Egyptians. All of the Israelites were in a hurry and did not have the time to prepare for their flight from slavery.
“The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground,
with a wall of water on their right and on their left.”
Another shocking sight was spotted by the Red Sea, and some relate to it as a miracle. We have been told that, to aid the Israelites, Moses stretched out his hand and instantly, the sea divided so the Israelites could pass through it on dry land. How could this be possible?
Soon after, our entire Egyptian army followed them through but, as soon as they stepped foot, the water flowed back, drowning the chariots and horsemen.
We were fortunate enough to get an exclusive interview with Pharaoh, where he told us about his thoughts on his army.
Pharaoh said that it ‘is an outrage’ and he questioned what Moses had that his important army didn’t. Also, he referred to the heart-breaking incident that happened recently, when all of our first-born children perished in the night. It, truly, was an excruciating midnight.
Furthermore, we have discovered that one of the motives behind this escape was because ‘God’ made a covenant with the Israelites.
They had to consecrate every first-born male in their families, including animals, to Him, to eat nothing with yeast and to commemorate the day that they were brought out from Egypt. Also, from then and onwards, the 7th day of the week had to be a festival to the ‘Lord’.
In return ‘God’ would guide them on their journey, which their destination would be the land of Canaanites: a land of flowing milk and honey.
Despite all of this, it is atrocious that the Israelites are fleeing Egypt, after they stayed here for years, with us providing them space for their houses and families to grow!’
Categories: Faith Life Priory Post Senior Whole School