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Glorifying G-d for His heroism is an important part of our culture. Despite numerous enemies and difficulties we experience, G-d manages to save us all the time.

Take the Exodus: G-d takes us to the desert; it's extremely hot and dangerous - poisonous creatures, no food or water, but G-d puts us in clouds, send us Manna and the Well that save us from the heat, the animals and starving to death.

Wait, but who manages the Sun, and the animals and the human metabolism? So G-d deliberately creates the dangers and then saves us from them, e.g. He creates the Egyptians and then gloriously save us from them.

I understand that those who forget or overlook the fact that G-d is THE Creator might see Him on our side fighting the "Nature". But considering that G-d IS the Nature and THE Creator, how His heroism can be understood?

  • God gave free choice only to the humans. So we have by our choice the ability to affect how things will turn out. But even if we turn wayward and cause ourselves problems, God still listens to our prayers. God also gives us obstacles to challenge ourselves and let us grow from the experience. The slavery saga in Egypt would fall under the "challenges" catagory. The human body metabolism actually works very well if only people would eat right and exercise right. – larry909 Sep 10 at 22:20
  • I assume the idea of emphasizing gevurot hashem is to counteract the natural human and idolatrous inclination to overemphasize the finite physical power of antagonists in this world. For the Hebrews leaving Egypt for Canaan, this was not an easy lesson. – Loewian Sep 10 at 23:59
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    Although today 'Gevurah' is used as the Hebrew translation for 'heroism', in most classical usage I am aware of (like in Bible translations) it is translated as 'might', and 'Gibor' is translated as 'mighty', not as 'brave' or 'hero[ic]'. – Tamir Evan Sep 11 at 13:24

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