Every once in a while Tyler’s parents lend us or give us movies as gifts. They’re not usually titles I would pick out myself and that’s part of the fun of it. I end up watching movies that I wouldn’t pick and really enjoy them. Last night we had a little date night and did just that.
After eating some dinner we decided to watch “The Prince of Egypt.” Neither of us had seen it before, I think because it came out when we were teenagers and we weren’t interested in seeing an animated film or something. Anyway, within the first 5 minutes of the film I started crying. In case you don’t know what the movie is about, it’s basically the story of Moses from Exodus in the Bible. It starts with his mother saving him from the Egyptians by placing him in a basket and sending him down the river in hopes that someone will find him and care for him, and ends with Moses leading the Hebrews out of Egypt and across the Red Sea. Dreamworks did take some artistic liberties, but for the most part the movie stays true to the Biblical account. I’ve read this story many times, but watching it, even an animated version really affected me in a deep way. I’ve never really thought of how personal all of this would have been for Moses. He’s raised by the royal family in Egypt as Pharoah’s son. Eventually he learns his true identity and is so shaken that he leaves Egypt. When he returns to Egypt his brother is now Pharoah. He’s going head to head with people who he thought of and loved as family. Pretty intense.
But he does it. He hears from the Lord and he obeys. So simple. Yet so difficult. Moses’s heart must have broken when Pharoah’s son died in the last of the plagues. It would be like watching your own brother lose a child. But Moses is faithful.
I think about the things the Lord has entrusted me with and they don’t seem to compare to what God entrusted Moses with. And I wonder, am I faithful?
Just something to think about. If you haven’t seen the film, I highly recommend it.