Exodus tells a story about a person with power who self-destructs with selfishness and animosity. In Exodus, Pharaoh is the person in the rule of Egypt, but he rules with evil. All his actions are formulated with evil, selfishness, and animosity. Since Pharaoh was a character with no virtue, God sends Moses to free people from his reign. Pharaoh held the Israelites as slaves and ordered all Hebrew children to be killed, Moses’ duty was to free them with the help of God. God sends a series of plagues to Egypt to incentivize Pharaoh to free the Israelites. Plague after plague Pharaoh refuses to release the Israelites, which ultimately leads to his death.

To begin with, animosity ultimately led to Pharaoh’s death. All his actions were made with ill-intend. He ordered all Hebrew boys to be killed at birth while slaving the Israelites in Egypt. There was so real reason that justified his decision to kill all Hebrew boys. Pharaoh simply felt animosity towards his descendants. He felt threatened by Jacob’s descendants. There was also no real reason why Pharaoh enslaved the Israelites. Pharaoh just wanted to intimate people and show the Egyptians how a person in reign rules. He wanted to assert his dominance of Egyptians, Israelites, and descendants.

Furthermore, Pharaoh’s selfishness is ultimately the weapon used to kill him. When Moses arrives in Egypt, he is on a mission to free the Israelites from Pharaoh. With the power of God, ten plagues are implicated for Pharaoh to free the Israelites. Each of the plagues got progressively worst and each time Moses asks Pharaoh to free the Israelites. Each time Pharaoh refused. He knew Egyptians were suffering but he refused to free his slaves because of selfishness. He did not want his power to be belittled. Alongside that, once Moses was able to free the Israelites during the tenth and final plague, he leads them to the sea and that is where Pharaoh and a whole Egyptian army drown. Pharaoh was willing to sacrifice the Egyptian people, through the ten different plagues and sending the army to sea, because of his need for power. His selfishness is what leads to the death of hundreds of Egyptians. He was not willing to release the Israelites because he did not want to compromise his power.

Pharaoh let his selfishness and animosity get in the way of his reign. His selfishness and animosity end up causing his self-destruction. Moses and God put an end to Pharaoh abuse of power, but Pharaoh is the one who pulls the trigger.


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