Last month, I watched “The Ten Commandments” on Easter Sunday. I had forgotten that it airs every Easter and even though it’s a few hours long, it’s one of my favorite movies. As I watched the movie, there were a few things I hadn’t noticed before:
- Pharoah decreed a plague to kill every first-born child of Egypt; he thought that Moses’ son would die, but Pharoah’s son died. Pharoah’s own decree fell back on his own family. This scene reminded me of how our enemies might speak something negative over us, but they end up being affected by their own words. We should watch what we say about others and ourselves because our words may come back to haunt us.
- Dathan (the chubby, dark-haired guy with a goatee who used to work for Pharaoh) reminded me of our negative thoughts; in the scene where Pharoah’s chariots were chasing the Israelites towards the Red Sea, Dathan was constantly stirring up confusion and fear: “We’re gonna be buried under Pharoah’s chariots!” Every time Moses reminded the Israelites how God helped them and how God was on their side, Dathan always had a negative response. This scene also reminds me of how we’ll use God’s word to come against negative thoughts or fears and the devil will bombard us with negative memories or fearful thoughts—in my case, I’ve had negative memories pop up from years ago that I had forgotten about. I’d think “Really?! I wasn’t even thinking bout this!” Whenever the enemy pops up with fears, worries, and negative thoughts for you to meditate on, just keep using God’s word and keep fighting.
- My favorite scene in The Ten Commandments is when God used a pillar of fire and parted the Red Sea so the Israelites could escape from Pharoah’s chariots. At first, it looked as if the Egyptians were going to catch the Israelites after God parted the Red Sea; the chariots had made it half-way down the path but then they were covered by the sea. God allowed the Egyptians to think they had the upperhand, but He gave the Israelites the victory; He also did the impossible—providing a way of escape when there was none.
- When Moses and the others were waiting for the plague to pass over their home, they sang/mentioned certain lines such as: “His truth shall be thy shield and buckler,” “Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day,” and “There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.” I realized that these lines are in Psalm 91; this realization touched me because it was amazing to learn the significance behind those verses.
- There’s a scene where Moses throws his staff on the ground in Pharoah’s palace and it turns into a serpent. One of Pharoah’s men throws two staffs on the floor and they both turn into snakes. However, Moses’ serpent devoured the other 2 snakes. My mom mentioned this scene to me yesterday when I was feeling a little down spiritually; when I thought about the scene, it reminded me that God’s power is greater than the enemy’s—the devil can only do so much; your trials and circumstances may make the enemy seem bigger, but he’s really not. God is more powerful and in control.
Overall, these different examples show how powerful and mighty God is; these scenes also show how God protects and cares for His people. When we go through trials or challenging circumstances, we tend to forget how God has helped us in the past and how good He’s been to us (I know I have!). He’s been reminding me to not focus on my circumstances and to remember His promises. He will still be there for you and work all things out for your good (Romans 8:28)!