Enjoying a slow read through the opening chapters of Exodus.
At the beginning of Exodus, Pharaoh is, for all that most people can see, the unchallenged divine king of Egypt. Pharaoh’s rule is horrific, but then, mass enslavement and massive disparity of wealth is the norm in the ancient world. A quieter narrative is also being weaved, imperceptibly and yet irresistibly: a foreign God has swelled the numbers of His enslaved people (Exodus 1:7), and He weaves His counter-story through midwives, mothers, and girls—and now in the very household of Pharaoh—quietly marking all places, from the slave’s household to the royal palace, as belonging to Him. We are learning that this God prefers to work through ‘the least of these,’ in the empire’s shadow rather than in its glory, silently but observably weaving people into a new narrative about a completely different kind of society and a completely different kind of rule. [Your thoughts?]
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