Thursday, April 7, 2011

An Internet Exodus: What If God, Moses, Pharaoh, and the Israelites Had Google and Facebook?


Consider for a moment the primitive conditions under which the Israelites experienced slavery in Egypt, God communicated to Moses through a burning bush, and Moses struggled for ways to get his messages to Pharaoh.

How different would it have been if all of the leading characters in the Exodus had access to the communication tools that we take for granted today?

Just suppose that God, Moses, and Pharaoh had the internet, Google, Skype, YouTube, email, Twitter, Amazon, Craigslist, and cell phones available to them. How different would it have been?

The folks at aish.com have reimagined the Exodus with these tools that we take for granted today and created a funny video which is going viral this week.

Among the lightning-fast visuals (don't blink or you'll miss many of them) are:

- Moses logging on with his password (BasketBaby).
- CNN Breaking News: Pharaoh Enslaves Jews; World Leaders Condemn Israel.
- Moses asking Yahoo Answers why the bush is burning but not being consumed.
- While he's asking he gets a Skype message from God (It's me, God! Go down, Moses. Way down to Egypt's land.)
- Moses replies that he's on it, and does an immediate Google search for Pharaoh's Palace (not Pharaoh's Pizza Palace or Pharaoh's Palace Bar & Grill).

All of this in just the first 30 seconds of this 2+ minute video.

This is one of those movies that you have to watch many times and use the pause button to catch the clever comments embedded in the details of Facebook and Twitter messages.

So here it is for your enjoyment as we continue the countdown to Passover. Only 11 days to go!

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