If you’d like to know more about topics covered in a particular chapter of Manna & Mercy, here’s some links and ideas to get you started!
Chapter 2: God Births a People
Scripture: Exodus 1-15
Things to think about:
Why would God kill all the soldiers of Egypt?
Who has power over me? Who do I (maybe not obviously) have power over?
In the book of Exodus, we find a leader (Pharaoh) who is fearful of people and forgetful of God – and he designs a structure of domination. A fear-full leader is a love-less leader. A leader who forgets God wants to be treated as a god, worshipped like God, who thinks they are god. An oppressive system rests on exploited people at the bottom. Religion often ordains this system and the military protects it. We need to be honest about where we are on the economic pyramid. Salvation, liberation, redemption is not “good news” for everyone. The status quo is skewed on behalf of the privileged. So proclamation of good news for the poor, release to the captives, and manna and mercy for all, is not good news for those who have a stake in this pyramid. Sin (love-lessness, justice-lessness, no gentleness, …) is never private. Sin is personal but always has public or political ramifications because it impacts the way society is structured. Because sin has a social impact, there is no such thing as personal, private salvation. We cannot privatize God’s word. Every decision we make impacts on everybody. Watch the Manna and Mercy video clip.
What do we do when someone tells us we’ve hurt them — especially if it’s in a system of power dynamics and privilege? Watch Austen Hartke’s video.
The Prince of Egypt is one of the most visually stunning and theologically deep (advised by an interreligious council of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim leaders) movies.