The latest retelling of the epic story of Moses’ encounter with God and the release of the Hebrew slaves had had mixed reviews by film critics and church historians alike. ‘ Exodus: God’s and Kings’ will be the third filmed version that has been made of this decisive chapter in Biblical history.
The first was in 1923 when Cecil B De Mille produced what was then seen as the ultimate accomplishment in film making especially the scene of the opening of the Red sea which had some running out of cinemas in fear of the waves!
Charlton Heston took on the role of Moses in the 1958 remake and again the effects were staggering for the day. The style of telling the story may have changed and the effects in this latest version may have us on the edge of our seats but God’s story of love and redemption for his people is forever the same!
Change can sometimes be seen as unwelcome. Often that’s the reason so many resist faith and pass by the joyous experience of a living relationship with God; and yet the Bible tells us that such a step of faith can be our making.
Moses fled from Egypt a guilty man, only to find himself on the Holy ground of the burning bush. David broke God’s law and fled in shame and fear only to realise the amazing truth that God was seeking to restore and forgive him.
The Apostle Paul threatened the early church with cruel persecution only to meet with God’s shining light of challenge and forgiveness. In every case a relinquishment to God’s will meant a real change of heart and a newness of life that was never thought possible.
It’s the same for us. Jesus invites us to know a real change that will bring us close to him and to each other. Perhaps we need to take seriously the way of living he offers – to love God with all of our heart, soul and mind and love our neighbour as we love ourselves and to know the life changing assurance that we are truly the children of God, redeemed by the saving power of God’s love.
‘I once was lost but now am found was blind but now I see’ – Indeed Amazing grace!
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