Well, not those stubborn, hard-hearted Hebrews in the Book of Exodus! They saw all these mind-blowing, spectacular miracles, but the minute they got a little thirsty in the desert sands of the Sinai, they started groaning and complaining that they were better off as slaves in Egypt than to die of thirst and hunger in the Sinai! And this story repeats itself over and over: God performs a fantastic miracle on the behalf of the Israelites, they grumble and complain, God punishes them for their disbelief with all sorts of horrific disasters, such as biting poisonous snakes, they finally repent, God performs another fantastic miracle on their behalf, they complain…and the cycle starts all over again.
Either these early Jews were downright stupid…or this is a silly, ancient, superstitious, bunch of baloney, written by some clever priest in Jerusalem in the seventh century BC as secular scholars allege, for the purpose of instilling fear into the ignorant believers of his day, that they damn-well better obey God (the priests) and the authorities God has placed over them (the King) or else He is going to do something really terrible to them too!
Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord commanded. In the sight of Pharaoh and of his officials he lifted up the staff and struck the water in the river, and all the water in the river was turned into blood, 21 and the fish in the river died. The river stank so that the Egyptians could not drink its water, and there was blood throughout the whole land of Egypt.
At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the prisoner who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of the livestock. 30 Pharaoh arose in the night, he and all his officials and all the Egyptians; and there was a loud cry in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead. 31 Then he summoned Moses and Aaron in the night, and said, “Rise up, go away from my people, both you and the Israelites! Go, worship the Lord, as you said. 32 Take your flocks and your herds, as you said, and be gone. And bring a blessing on me too!”
The whole congregation of the Israelites set out from Elim; and Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had departed from the land of Egypt. 2 The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.
3 The Israelites said to them,
“If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”