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by Christopher Mudiappahpillai

The first time I watched The Prince of Egypt, I was too busy admiring how well animated it was to seriously consider the emotions it evoked. But after seeing it again, for the first time if you will, I’m left awestruck at what Moses went through.

Even though – as the films creators admit – artistic license was taken, the message remains powerful. I can only imagine what it must have been like for Moses to see the land of his birth and his adopted people fall under the wrath of God.

And as I realised a few days ago, he continued to experience such things until the end of his life. I’m speaking of how the people he led through the desert were not always grateful for his leadership. Or of how even his siblings began to resent him. What startled me most however was the fact that Korah, who led a rebellion in the desert and died for it, was Moses’ cousin. Read the genealogy in the sixth chapter of Exodus if you don’t believe me.

All these thoughts bring to mind a poem that I heard once. Please excuse me if it is not arranged in proper form; I tried my best.


The Man of God

Author Unknown

When God wants to fill a man,

  And skill a man, and drill a man

When God wants to mould a man

  To play the noblest part

When He yearns with all his heart

  To create so great and bold a man

That all the world will be amazed,

  Watch His methods, watch His ways!

How He ruthlessly perfects

  Whom He royally elects

How He hammers him and hurts him

  With mighty blows converts him

Into trial shapes of clay

  Which only God understands

Till his tortured heart is crying

  And he lifts beseeching hands

How He bends but never breaks

  When His good He undertakes

Then how He uses whom He chooses

  And with every purpose fuses him

By every act induces him

  To try his splendour out

God knows what He’s about

Now I can understand why God was able to say that Moses was the meekest man on Earth – He made him so. I’ll leave you with a song from the film. While some may not agree, it is definitely one of the most powerful songs I have ever heard. This is the rendition I like most:


When You Believe

Sandy Dworsky and Michelle Phieffer

Many nights we’ve prayed

With no proof anyone could hear

In our hearts a hopeful song

We barely understood

Now we are not afraid

Although we know there’s much to fear

We were moving mountains

Long before we knew we could

There can be miracles

When you believe

Though hope is frail

It’s hard to kill

Who knows what miracles

You can achieve

When you believe

Somehow you will

You will when you believe

In this time of fear

When prayer so often proved in vain

Hope seemed like the summer birds

Too swiftly flown away

Yet now I’m standing here

With heart so full I can’t explain

Seeking faith and speaking words

I never thought I’d say

There can be miracles

When you believe

Though hope is frail

It’s hard to kill

Who knows what miracles

You can achieve

When you believe

Somehow you will

You will when you believe

A-shir-ra la-do-nai ki ga-oh ga-oh

A-shir-ra la-do-nai ki ga-oh ga-oh

Mi-cha-mo-cha ba-elim Adonai

Mi-ka-mo-cha ne-dar-ba-ko-desh

Na-chi-tah v’-chas-d’-cha am zu ga-al-ta

Na-chi-tah v’-chas-d’-cha am zu ga-al-ta

A-shi-ra, A-shi-ra, A-shi-ra



I will sing to the Lord for He has triumphed gloriously

I will sing to the Lord for He has triumphed gloriously

Who is like You, oh Lord, among the celestial?

Who is like You, majestic in holiness?

In Your Love, You lead the people You redeemed

In Your Love, You lead the people You redeemed

I will sing, I will sing, I will sing



There can be miracles

When you believe

Though hope is frail

It’s hard to kill

Who knows what miracles

You can achieve

When you believe

Somehow you will

Now you will

You will when you believe

You will when you believe