Jesse Tree Day 9: Moses

Scripture: Exodus 3:1-10

1 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”
4 When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”

And Moses said, “Here I am.”

5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father,[a] the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

7 The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

Cecil DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments” is one of my favorite movies. It’s incredibly cheesy by today’s standards but it was an epic for it’s time. I don’t know if it’s Charlton Heston as Moses (and as the voice of God,) Yul Brenner’s Rameses (and his abs), a very young Vincent Price (who is still creepy), Edward G. Robinson as Dathan, the Israelite who rebelled against Moses and made the Golden Calf (and was the inspiration for Chief Wiggum) or Anne Baxter and Yvonne De Carlo who are just gorgeous, like old Hollywood gorgeous.

Now, the film is not Biblically accurate and really isn’t culturally correct as a most of the actors are straight up white… except Yul Brenner of Mongol/ Romani/ Russian descent and Edward G. Robinson who was Romanian-born, but it was the 50s and seriously, how many minority actors even had majority roles then, or even roles that were not that of the help? But there are just so many iconic moments in that film… Moses and the Burning Bush, the Parting of the Red Sea, the death of the first-born in Egypt, Dathan sneering “Where’s your Messiah now?” Oh, Love, Love, Love it!

I just wish it was televised more that once a year. It’s a staple around Easter (makes sense) but it would so be applicable year round. That’s what television needs… less “Bridalplasty” and “The Real Housewives” and more Yul Brenner!!

Ornament: Burning Bush

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I hope you enjoyed today’s devotion. Unless indicated, all devotions are out of my brain, so if you don’t like them, you can tell me. 🙂 I will try to post additional musings as time permits, but no promises. Don’t forget to enter to win an autographed copy of Little Star by Anthony DeStefano. You have until Dec 13! Click Here to see the post where you can enter!

Pax Christi!

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