The Exodus Hebrews suffered persecution down in Egypt. A Pharaoh arose of a clan who did not remember the great good Hebrews did building up the land of Egypt. This Pharaoh feared the Hebrews would become so numerous the Egyptian culture would disappear. He ordered abortion of all newborn Hebrew males. He insisted on essential work done manually in demeaning acts.
The intent of Pharaoh was to persecute. The persecuted caste, the Exodus Hebrews, called out for justice, but justice did not come from the ruling caste.
So, the Hebrew people began to groan under the burden. In truth, they had discovered justice under this Pharaoh, under this ruling class, would not come. Persecution was, and would be, the order of the day.
Please note, as with African slavery in the United States, nothing carried out against the persecuted caste was actually illegal. The 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the American Constitution were intended to bring general relief to the persecuted caste, but each new act of “justice” brought on dozens of local laws intended to refute justice. This was true in America, as it was true in Egypt. Persecution was the law of the land.
What do you do when you cannot get justice for yourself, your children, your citizens, your families, your tribe? What would you do after a few hundred years of injustice where you live? You would, I believe, do as the Exodus Hebrews. You would stop crying out for justice and start to call out for deliverance.
The Exodus Hebrews could not get justice in Egypt the way Egypt was ruled then.They called for deliverance. Something greater than a few law codes had to change.
Please see the Exodus Hebrews did not hate Egypt. They often wanted to go back to Egypt instead of on through the wilderness. Certainly, Moses must have wanted to just let them go on back to Egypt so he could go back to being a Midianite shepherd. The problem? Moses was called to be a prophet of deliverance. Institutional persecution would not be changed early or easily. A hateful Pharaoh required a meticulous Deliverer.
The suffering caste will have to be delivered. Justice is not available always. No one of our citizens should die in the street with a knee in his neck. Our persecuted caste needs deliverance, not just justice.
Does this mean we ought to insist our persecuted caste go on back where they came from? Is that not what the Exodus Hebrews do? I can see why some might think this is what I mean, but, not so.
Deliverance is not about going back to where you came from. In Exodus there is more than four hundred years between Joseph and Moses, between the Pharaoh Joseph served and the one who wanted to kill Moses and every man like Moses. A new Pharaoh arose who did not know Joseph.
Even so, by any standard of citizenship, including birth, residence, taxation, service, language and intermarriage, the Hebrews of the Exodus were Egyptian. They did not first ask to leave forever, but only to be recognized as a people group able to worship their own God and, so, to claim value as persons and as a culture.
There is no going back for the persecuted caste. That is, there is no way just to go back, for to do so is to admit defeat. The Exodus Hebrews who eventually left Egypt left as delivered people. They left in triumph and of their own free will.
None of our citizens should have to leave to find justice. None of our people should live in mortal fear of the lash. What I argue for is justice and, that failing, deliverance for the persecuted caste. Christians ought to stand against all evil. By stand, I do not mean just take a few videos and cry about how sad evil makes us.
We should act as one with our persecuted neighbors. We do not need to throw rocks, or break windows. We do need to cast ballots and demand real change. I never want to see another picture of an American citizen face down in the asphalt with a knee on his neck.
Deliverance, then, since justice seems absent. No more change of codes resulting in the change of other codes designed to refute our call for justice. We need deliverance for the persecuted caste
Writer’s Note: Day Two
My thanks to those who commented on this blog post.
Let me answer the one fellow who said, “Well, ok, but you didn’t really say anything.”
I have come to think many cliched criticisms of my thoughts come when I do not draw a pointed conclusion for the reader. Or, sometimes, I get accused of vacuity when I fail to arrive at the conclusion the reader wants.
I may be wrong to assume anyone who would bother to read what I write is intelligent enough to reason his/her own way through the various points I make. Perhaps I am too confident in some readers, but I don’t see my style changing now.
If you need some direction on this post, here is some. A reader who comes to this particular post is asked by inference to ask oneself if he/she is more prone to feel sympathy for Exodus Hebrews than with modern American blacks? If so, why? Is it because the Exodus Hebrews with Moses are a beloved, well known Biblical story?
And, then, if so, let me ask why do we read the Bible in the first place?