The reoccurring themes of exile and hope continues in the story of Moses. Knowing about the Jewish people’s constant oppression and struggles to keep their identity, the story of Moses seems to fall under a different light. First of all, I think it’s important to remember the beginning of the narrative; after being in Egypt for a good portion of time, Pharoah decides that the Hebrews are becoming too numerous and turns them into slaves. I think an important element of this story is the fact that Egypt had been, up to that point, a place of refuge for the Hebrews; they migrated there during a famine, and found solace. So here we don’t necessarily have a group of people being forced out of their homeland, but instead we have a people whose home (however temporary) has turned against them. Not only by making them slaves, but also by killing all of their first-born sons. This could be interpreted in a myraid of ways, but when you compare this to another chapter of the Moses story (Moses getting the Ten Commandments, but while he was gone, the people erected a golden calf idol and made themselves at home), I believe it has to do with the uncertainties in life that the Jewish faced, as well as the fact that becoming too comfortable in one way of life could somehow lead to a bitter end. More than that, I find it really interesting that in this place of temporary solace, where they were enslaved, is where Moses was born and later commanded to lead the children of Israel to the “Promised Land”. Moses, I believe, could be interpreted as being a symbol of the persistence and hope of the Jews. He was the one boy child that narrowly escaped being killed; he brought deliverance to a nation and then proceeded to lead them towards the “Promised Land”. I feel that in many ways, this could definitely be interpreted as a symbol of the resilience of the people; many attempts to cut it down, but it never dying.
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