by Jeff Strite

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Father Figure (7 of 9)
Series: Moses and Friends
Jeff Strite
Numbers 27:12-23

(I entered stage left, dressed as Joshua, the son of Nun, and carrying a Ram's horn - or Shofar. There are several websites that will allow you to hear the sound of the Shofar, but I found that I was able to make a reasonable sound from the horn with very little effort. I used the musical notations from "The Ten Commandments" with Charleston Heston - as the people began their procession out of Egypt - as my model.
I entered from the side of the auditorium, down on the main floor in front of the stage, and blew the horn as if alerting the nation of Israel - first toward stage right, next toward the back of the stage and lastly toward the audience - allowing the last notes of each cadence to linger. Then I faced the audience and began my presentation)

That is the sound of the Shofar. It is the horn of a ram that God commanded to be used to call the people of God to worship and to war.
I've heard it many times.
It's purpose was to call God's people to specific responsibilities.

And I have listened to call of the Shofar
And I have listened to the call of God Himself.

(placing Shofar on a nearby surface to be used later)
My name is Joshua, the son of Nun, of the tribe of Ephraim.
I was born in Egypt in a time of trouble
My father had died a slave in the chains of a wicked nation. (1)

But then a man named Moses - along with his brother Aaron - came to our people. They said that God had sent them to free our people from their slavery and to stand before Pharaoh and demand: "Let MY people go!"

From the moment I saw him, I knew that this Moses followed God…
And I knew that this Moses was a man I wanted to follow.

At every opportunity, I got as close to him as possible.

Whenever he spoke to Pharaoh, I stood in the crowd.
Whenever he kneeled in prayer, I knelt as well.
I waited outside his tent in the morning,
I brought him food and water
I ran erra ...

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