Although raised by the daughter of Pharaoh, his real mother, Jochebed, had the greater influence on him. “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” From the Egyptians, Moses learned his hieroglyphics of humanism and hedonism. He learned to read and write, to cypher, count and calculate. He heard of Ra, the Sun god riding his chariot across the sky, and the blasphemous claims of dynastic deity. He may have read the Book of the Dead and learned about the worship of the dung beetle and the river Nile. He walked on marble floors and ate delicacies off alabaster plates The world was his oyster. He was a Prince of Egypt.
Originally a child of slaves, he was drawn up from the marshes as a baby, delivered from the furnace of oppression like a brand from burning and dropped into the lap of luxury. Sweet! Everyman’s dream.
The Devil told Jesus in the wilderness, “all these things will I give you, if you bow down and worship me.” Jesus brushed aside the bribe with a Bible verse. “It is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and Him only shalt thou serve.”
When Moses came of age he came to a crossroad, as does everyone. We have to choose between the Magic Kingdom or the Kingdom of God. He chose God. Turning from the temporal, enticing, and temporary “pleasures of sin,” along with the treasures of Egypt, Moses chose rather to suffer affliction with the people of God over the pleasures of sin for a season. He chose the riches of God’s Grace which are in Christ Jesus to be a greater reward.
Later, Moses was called of God to confront Pharaoh with a message from Heaven, “Thus saith the Lord, Let my people go that they may hold a feast unto me [worship] in the wilderness.” And then Pharoah said, “who is the Lord that I should obey him [his voice]?
What many people are calling the “Culture Wars” are in fact a continuation of the War of Words found in Exodus 5. We are witnessing a spiritual conflict between what God says and what the World says. In Exodus 7:11 Pharaoh calls his “sorcerers” and “magicians” who attempt to imitate and reverse engineer God’s miracles through showmanship and trickery. In the end, God has the final word and now the Magic Kingdom is scattered in museums and the crumbling Pyramids are monuments to mendacity, and the audacity of all those who reject the Truth for lies. -id