Injustice In The Odyssey

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Section 1: Describe in detail the injustice being addressed. Be thorough in describing pertinent historical, cultural and religious components. Why did the injustice occur? Who were the perpetrators and who were the victims? In the first few chapters of Exodus, Moses paints a clear picture of injustices taking place during the time of his birth. There is corrupt leadership, lying, murdering, forced slavery, hatred and division. Moses was born into a world drowning in injustice. The Israelites, who had been greatly multiplying in Egypt while Joseph was king, became the oppressed when Pharaoh came into power. The Israelites posed as a great threat to Pharaoh. Being so large in number, the Israelites had a huge impact of the economy, and a…show more content…
“I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey…” Exodus 3:7-8. God tells Moses that He has heard to cry of His people and will bring them to a land flowing with milk and honey. In other words, God tells Moses that He will not only rescue His people, He will bring them into a safe haven. Notice that God does not say anything about destroying, sending plagues or cursing the oppressors. In this passage, this first audible interaction between God and Moses, God only speaks about the welfare of His people. Restoration of God’s people took first priority over the destruction of the oppressors. This gives us a glimpse of God’s justice. We know He is loving, that He hears our cry and rescues us. We also know God is wrathful and just. Just does not mean fair, just means just. In this picture, we see that God extends relief and comfort before He extends wrath. I believe that is…show more content…
By day, He lead them by a pillar of fog and by night, He lead them with a pillar of light. God’s presence went with them as they traveled. Many miracles were performed for the survival of the Israelite people. As God’ response to the injustices against His people plays out in this journey, Moses documents what would later become a famous witness of God’s power, love and wrath. After many miracles like the splitting of the Red Sea, and the forty days of manna from Heaven and events like God giving the 10 Commandments to Moses we can see that this was an extremely unique, and eventful time in history. They are lead into the Promised Land, but not without a fair share of disobedience, ignorance, sin and loss. Along the way, the Israelites groaned, feared and worshiped other Gods. After all that God had done for these people, after all the promises He kept and blessing He poured out, the people of Israel could not even keep the two simple commandments God had originally given them: to follow and worship God. At times, they listened in part, and other times the people seemed to have completely forgotten the purpose and reason behind their journey. Based on Moses’ account of this journey, the audience never fully listened at all. The destruction in Egypt that God revealed to Moses fell about Pharaoh and his people. He was forced to let the Israelite people go, but only by the miraculous and fearful hand of God, again, like God said would happen. When

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