MOSES – Part 4
I hope you have enjoyed the recent visit to the treasures of Tutankamun. He was only a little insignificant
Pharaoh compared to others.
Tutankamun’s mummy was found in the third coffin. If you have enough Egyptian pounds, you can visit his tomb in the Valley of the Kings, and look at this coffin. Let me show you what they found when they opened the third coffin.
The death mask of the king. The Egyptian’s had weird ideas of what happens to a person when he or she dies. May I have your permission to exhibit his mummy?
What a sad sight. The pharaoh looks quite pathetic without his gold trimmings. Let him rest in peace.
I saw two royal thrones amongst the Tutankamun treasures. This one portrays Egyptian polytheism. As I’ve mentioned, in the latter part of his life Tutankamun worshipped all the different Egyptian deities.
But then, in shocking religious contrast you also see this monotheistic throne among his treasures. Here he is still called Tutankaten, meaning in the living image of Aten. And his wife, daughter of Akhenaten and Nefertiti, is still called Ankensenpaaten before her name changed to Ankensenamum.
This relief shows their dependence upon the God of heaven and earth. How did this throne get into his tomb?
The motif proclaims the truth about the Unseen, Uncreated everlasting Creator God. The Egyptians detested it. It seems to that truth in this case had the last word.
Looking at Tutankamun’s statue at Karnak, I thought: He knew what was right but for the sake of fame and wealth, he sacrificed his principles. So typical of human nature.
And next to his statue is that of his wife’s, Ankensenamum who used to sit on her father’s lap. So often we know what is right but we do what is wrong. Have you discovered how weak we really are? We need God’s help urgently to keep us faithful to Him.
Here the little Ankensenpaaten sits on her mother’s lap. Her parents taught her about the kindness of God. They encouraged her to love and obey Him. When she grew older she turned her back on truth. Has this happened to your child?
Contact with the invisible creator God made Akhenaten and Nefertiti kind people. I have discovered through the years that the more I look to God, the more I change for the better. I tend to become a little kinder.
It is a law of life that by beholding we become changed.
In contrast to the unfaithful behaviour of their children Tutankamun and Ankensenamun, we have the faithfulness of Moses. The Bible says of Moses who also grew up in a polytheistic Egyptian milieu something beautiful:
Hebrews 11:25 “He chose to be ill treated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.”
His eyes were not fixed on the dazzling allurements of the Egyptian court. No. He looked beyond the sensual pleasures of sin.
Verse 27 “He persevered because he saw him who is invisible.”
May God help us, like Akhenaten, Nefertiti and Moses to persevere in doing what is right. May he help to be a little kinder to one another.
Let us focus out eyes more and more on the lovely Lord Jesus Christ who loved us so much that he died for us.
Moses died here at Mt. Nebo. But God honoured him for choosing to follow Him and gave him a special resurrection according to Jude 9.
Jesus is coming soon. He is going change the living saints from mortal to immortal. He is going to resurrect those who died in Him. May God help you and me to become humble and kind like Moses and Jesus and enjoy the future resurrection.