What is the loftiest review you’ve ever heard someone give to a piece of music? Mine was when I read a review someone wrote on Handel’s Messiah. This reviewer described Handel’s Messiah as life changing.
Classical music fan that I am, I’d heard a lot about Messiah, but the length of the music (almost two-and-a-half hour long) did not really encourage giving it a thorough listen. Until I read that review.
Upon listening to Messiah, I would not exactly have given it such a superlative term as “life-changing”, but I thought the message, arrangements and music were powerful and I could understand the point of view of the aforementioned reviewer. The only other orchestral arrangement I’ve listened to that comes close to Messiah is Hans Zimmer and Stephen Scwartz’s musical arrangements for the movie The Prince Of Egypt.
The same way Messiah did a wonderful work of telling the story of the sufferings of Jesus and the Glory that followed, is almost the same way the OST for The Prince Of Egypt (and the movie itself) gave me cause to look again at the life of Moses – and marvel! The Prince Of Egypt is a 1998 animated movie which portrays the early life of Moses and how God used him to deliver the people of Israel from over 400 years of slavery and bondage.
In the life of Moses (and in the lives of the named and unnamed members of the “Hall Of Faith”), we see more than a few parallels with the life of Jesus. Like Jesus, he (and the people of Israel) “came out of Egypt” (Matthew 2;15); he grew up an Egyptian to save his people from oppression sponsored by Egyptians (same way Jesus became a human to save us from the default human nature); he initiated a new covenant between God and man (same way Jesus did) and a couple of other instances.
As Moses lived out his life under God’s direction and in obedience to God, we see how his life seemingly effortlessly points to Jesus, such that after you read the whole Bible and you perceive the grand objectives of God for mankind, the life and ministry of Moses is indispensable to this big picture.
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.Galatians 2:20, NLT
In every believer is the ability to live a life that points to Christ: a life that parallels Christ’s. It is only when we allow ourselves to be led by the Spirit of God into living life the way Christ would have lived it, that the Kingdom of God can find expression on earth.
As Earth’s days countdown to “The Day Of The Lord”, the only set of people that would have anything to contribute to the advancement of God’s move in these times are those who have crucified that old self. Those who have consistently given themselves over to the Holy Spirit to allow Him furnish the life of Christ in them.
This is the way to (seemingly) effortlessly secure a place of relevance in God’s plans.
This is just one of the things the life of Moses teaches us.
“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning…”Romans 15:4a, KJV