Post that I never published from March..
Yep, I’m talking about Braveheart in a chic Bible study. Not too far fetched since Mel Gibson did produce The Passion of the Christ. But, I think we should leave Mel out of this…one. See how I did that? Digressed in about .256 seconds!
Did anyone else go to a Christian college where it was basically required that every guy on campus watch Braveheart every weekend? Honestly, I can not believe I am about to make a Braveheart analogy. Maybe it’s the two boys that I’m raising. Anyhow…
We were studying Exodus 14 the other day. Talking about how the Israelites had just marched on out of Egypt under Moses’ leadership. The actual number of people that left Egypt was staggering. Obviously, why the entire book is called “Exodus”. The entire slave population of the Egyptian people departed. The Egyptians realized what had happened and decided they were not okay with their decision. Maybe a few days of making bricks on their own didn’t go over too well. So, here the Israelites are, marching out of Egypt into the wilderness with Moses and following a cloud by day and a fire by night. Crazy set up, right?
So, they are coming up on the Red Sea and realize that the Egyptians are coming after them in chariots with horses. Now, here’s what is going to happen: God is going to tell Moses to lift his hand and the Red Sea is going to part and the people are going to march on through on dry land. Then, the Egyptians are going to get swallowed up in the Sea. Victory!
However, in verse 10, the people don’t know that. They just see a big old huge sea in front of them and their very recent captors pounding down on them. So, they are probably expecting something from Moses like “Okay, let’s grab these rocks and these sticks and we’ll suddenly have all kinds of weapons that we don’t have and we’ll just start fighting and we’ll win!” Nope. Verse 13 says that Moses says: “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation fo the Lord which He will accomplish for you today…the Lord will fight for you keep silent.”
As we were discussing this section of the Chapter, I had a rush of flashbacks of the scene in Braveheart when the enemy is about to pound down on William Wallace and his crew. (I found a link on youtube. I think I’m allowed to link to their site on my blog.) I know this may not fit exactly; but I think I’m track here. But, I’m talking about the scene where the enemy is coming in slow motion on their horses. It’s oh, so dramatic. Wallace & his crew in all their blue face paint. Instead of telling his crew to start running off like mad men, he starts yelling: “Hold…..Hold….Hold….” You can see the anticipation. You can see the urgency, the “do something” looks. The tension is insane! He waits until the last second when the enemy is pounding down on them and finally gives this crazy guy-warrior yell and they all reach down and pick up the spears & begin to defeat the enemy.
I can’t get this scene of the Israelites (or rather the scene I’v embellished in my head of the Israelites in this chapter) and the scene of Braveheart out of my head. So much packed into this section of scripture. My Bible teacher, Jolie, visually stood with her hand in front of her and talked about how Moses tells the people to “see the salvation of the Lord” and how intentional it is. I loved illustration.
When pain is coming from every angle possible. We truly can stand in the face of it all and fully feel every moment and emotion to our core; but resounding louder than the chaos- the Peace of God- the Power of God is present. And even bigger than William Wallace or Moses before the Red Sea is the God of the Universe who is Omnipotent and who has legions of angels who could be released at any moment. And sometimes, I think that happens, I think when it’s all coming and I start jumping up and down and asking God to please fix this or that, and I tug at him like my 4 year old tugs on me when he wants something, and I scream and I yell as if he’s not paying attention…I’m missing it. I don’t want to miss the Peace of knowing my Omnipotent God.
When we see the chaos- the glory of God is even more beautiful. When we are weak – the power of God is more magnified.
* I also have studied some more and realize that there are different interpretations of what God really told Moses to do here and what He was saying.