So... Dreamworks lied to me. Imagine my surprise when I started reading Exodus and half of the entire The Prince of Egyptmovie was only the first two chapters.
Okay, so thinking on it now, of course they were going to spend more emphasis on the actual plagues, and since I haven't read that far, I don't know how many chapters those span, but what I'm trying to say is that I could have sworn that the story was more drawn out than that! I honestly felt like I was bombarded with happening after happening and I was like, "Yo! This happened already? Slow down!"
But I will say that Moses' story is set up really nicely. I can honestly say that I never figured out how the Israelites became slaves to the Egyptians if Joseph had such favor with the Pharaoh, but a change in power will do that. And I want to talk about this for a second. Don't you hate when that happens?! You have a good rapport with a leader, you worked so hard to become one of their favorites, and then all of a sudden, they're gone and you feel like your butt is hanging in the wind? And of course, the new boss is going to come and just paddle it back in its place. They're pretty trivial, but this happened to me twice, and they were both in orchestra. I played the string bass (and, not to brag, but I was always first chair and I got an award for being the best bassist), and I made sure that I was going to be the best. In middle school, my teacher loved me; she put up with me a lot because I used to hate the bass parts so much that I would learn the cello parts by ear and play them during the concert. And she was mean enough to crack me on it, but she never did. And then my last year in middle school, she moved to a different school, and I had to start all over to get in the good graces of my new teacher. I could tell he didn't really like me, but he couldn't deny that I was the best. He didn't like that.
Same thing happened in high school. Not going to go into details, but I had one teacher for three years; she liked me well enough, but she knew that I could play. I auditioned for the highest level orchestra and the only reason why I didn't get in was because she couldn't fit three basses in it and the other two had seniority. But I didn't have to audition the next year. And then my senior year, she retired and I had to get a new teacher, one I did NOT like at all. And she was horrible to me because she knew that I didn't like her.
I say all this to say, yeah, Hebrews. I know how you feel. Not to the extent of becoming slaves though. You kind of have me beat there. But one thing I learned (and I had to really eat crow and take my advice on this one my senior year) was to never, EVER, quit because of a leader or a boss. A lot of my friends did so and they've all regretted it. You can't let someone in authority rule your happiness. I mean, if it becomes unbearable, that's understandable. But if it is something you absolutely love, do not let someone in authority take that joy from you, because leaders come and go, but your passion? That should stay with you no matter what. Don't let someone cause you to hate what you love.
Okay, this feels really long. I'm going to stop talking now.
Wait! Quickly. This verse stood out to me. It's as if God was speaking directly to me because he knew that I needed this.
25God saw what was going on with Israel. God understood.
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