A Note from Pastor David - Why Moses?
As we begin a new series on “The Story of Moses in Eight Objects,” you may be wondering, “Why Moses?”
A few years back a respected syndicated columnist and PBS commentator wrote an opinion piece lamenting the loss of Exodus as our national narrative in the United States. He pointed out the influence of Exodus on the era of the Declaration of Independence where “Go Down Moses” was a popular song. Of course, the Exodus played a significant role in the hopes and lives of enslaved Americans in the 19th century. The narrative further filled the thought and speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr.
Today the church is also in desperate need of recovering the story of Moses and the Exodus. The theme of moving from slavery to freedom is a major theme of the Bible. It is critical to learn what freedom is and how to live in it. Also the gospel of Matthew pictures Jesus as a new and greater Moses. Jesus is born in a time of the killing of innocent babies, later travels to Egypt and eventually delivers a new “law” from a mountain. His death and resurrection gives us true and eternal freedom.
To know the Exodus story is to know Our Story.