Saturday 20 April 2013

Moses in Midian




The great biblical presence during our trip was Moses - Moses who spent 40 long years in Midian, which is more or less where Wadi Rum also is. I had no idea Midian was so far out from Egypt - but he had to get out of Egyptian dominion, and that meant probably even getting out of Sinai. Here is where Moses helped those young ladies, and here is where their father Reuel / Jethro made them bring him home, to give him then his eldest daughter Zipporah. 40 long years looking after sheep. Moses who had the best education the then world could offer, an Egyptian education, and that too as the son of Pharaoh's daughter. Moses who had not forgotten his people somehow, and who probably had plans of his own to liberate them. Impulsive Moses, hero but not to his own people. Moses who had to flee for his life, flee into complete insignificance, in those ages when to be without a community was to be no one, to be as good as dead, ex-communicated. How did he spend those 40 years? What kind of thoughts did he have about himself, his people, his future? Yet God found him, and turned him round, and used him. A wonderful lesson, in waiting, in patience, in hope, in God.

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