Moses’ complicated early history transforms him into a troubled youth; passionate in his crusade against injustice and yet terribly violent in his attempts to rectify such problems. Moses, full of anger and guilt for having survived destruction when so many of his peers perished in the Nile, must battle to subdue his more vengeful impulses, which proves a lifelong problem and pursuit.
How can one fight evil by surrendering to the same violent impulses that engender it? To live by the sword is to die by the sword. Returning evil for evil merely escalates the violence.
Moses, in many ways, serves as a counter-example against which we measure our Lord’s remarkable answer to violence and injustice, which is to die to it.
©2020 Joel Picard