by Jeff Strite

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Let My People Go (6 of 10)
Series: Broken Chains
Jeff Strite
Exodus 5:1-4

OPEN: from 0:50 to 1:31 (it’s the part of the move ‘‘The Ten Commandments’’ where Charlton Heston/Moses confronts Pharaoh/Yul Brynner and declares ‘‘Let My People Go.’’)

There’s an old Negro spiritual Louis Armstrong made famous back in the 1920’s called ‘‘Let My People Go’’, and it went like this:

‘‘When Israel was in Egypt land: Let my people go,
Oppress’d so hard they could not stand. Let my People go.
Go down, Moses, way down in Egypt land,
Tell old Pharaoh, let my people go.’’

It’s a beautiful song. And it has such a haunting melody.
And the first time I heard that song I thought to myself ‘‘Yes. That exactly what Moses said to Pharaoh!’’

And when I saw Charlton Heston stand before Yul Brynner and say ‘‘Let my People Go!’’ I thought to myself: ‘‘Alright. That’s exactly what Moses said to Pharaoh.

And I’ve seen other movies with Moses confronting Pharaoh and proclaiming ‘‘Let my people go.’’ And I’ve always thought ‘‘Yes, that exactly what Moses said to Pharaoh.’’

(Pause) But then I read the Bible, and I realized that wasn’t ‘‘exactly’’ what Moses told Pharaoh.
When God sent Moses to speak to Pharaoh He said:
‘‘I am the LORD. Tell Pharaoh… EVERYTHING I tell you.’’ Exodus 6:29
And if all Moses had told Pharaoh had been: ‘‘Let my people go…’’ he wouldn’t have been telling him EVERYTHING God commanded.

Take another look with me at what God told Moses to tell Pharaoh:
‘‘Moses and Aaron went and said to Pharaoh, ‘‘Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Let my people go, that they may hold a feast to me in the wilderness.’’’
But Pharaoh said, ‘‘Who is the LORD that I should obey his voice and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, and moreover, I will not let Israel go.’’
Then they said, ‘‘The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness that we may sacrifice to ...

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