Monday, April 23, 2018

I Didn't Remember That Before

Last night, we decided to watch a musical with the family.  It's kind of part of our summer movie series at home (just a little early).  Last year we had our Epic Summer focusing on multi-part epics: The Harry Potter series, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, etc.  This year will be Summer Stock, a movie musical series.

We let Avalyn pick the movie, out of about three choices.  And she chose The Wizard of Oz.  She loves this movie.  And we do too of course.  It's a classic for a reason.

Last night, though, I noticed something I had never seen before.  When the group starts out to go get the Witch's broom after seeing the Wizard, they are all carrying weapons.  This I knew and the other weapon choices all fit.  What I had never noticed before is that the Scarecrow is carrying a gun.  Go ahead and check, it's there.

This isn't an instance of something that only became visible with HD, like being able to clearly tell it is a bird not the hanging Munchkin rumor.  The weapon is very visible and prominent in the Scarecrow's hands in several scenes.  It is just something I never noticed before until last night.

This happens every so often.  A missed line, a detail noticed in the background. But it is always fun when it happens in something that is so well known.  So well watched.

This happened to us the other night with the story of Moses as well.  We are reading the Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook to Avalyn for a second time through and noticed a small bit in the story of Moses that stuck out like never before.

"Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her young women walked beside her.  She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her servant woman, and she took it.  When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby was crying.  She took pity on him and said, 'This is one of the Hebrews' children.'"  Exodus 2:5-6 (ESV)

I had forgotten that Pharaoh's daughter specifically noted that Moses was a Hebrew baby.  Note this occurs after Pharaoh has already ordered that all Hebrew male babies should be killed.  By taking in Moses, Pharaoh's daughter is specifically disobeying the direct order of her father.  Her compassion put her in direct conflict with her family and with the law of the land.

We do not know what happens between Pharaoh and his daughter after this point, beyond knowing that Moses is raised in the palace, with Moses' mother as a nursemaid.  It raises interesting questions, though.  Did this action by Pharaoh's daughter create an enmity between Moses and the eventual Pharaoh of the Exodus?  Did this continue and further the mistreatment of the Hebrew people at the hands of the Egyptians?  Though we have no other information in the narrative, this one detail sets the stage for much family drama.

The more you read the Scripture, the more these details can jump out at you, even in the most familiar passages.  This process is the revelation of God.  What revelation have you experienced lately?

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