Every year around this time when I read Exodus, I find myself wanting to watch the movie The Prince of Egypt. Though I have managed to actually watch it this year, usually I end up just listening to the soundtrack and that scratches the itch, because it’s the soundtrack that turns a pretty good movie into something incredible.
Seriously. I’m pretty sure this soundtrack is too good to actually exist. And it just gets better and better the more I listen to and overanalyze it. The world is blessed to have it. If you’ve never listened to it, it’s well worth the time.
The peak of the epicness is, in my opinion, “The Plagues”. It’s… It’s…
I can’t describe it. Have a listen:
I don’t care what you think of the exact historical details of this movie compared with the Biblical account. I really don’t think it matters. The movie is not a documentary; it’s a story, and it does exactly what it’s supposed to: lets you in on the emotions of the events.
This song is the perfect example. Regardless of Moses’ exact relationship with the current Pharaoh during the plagues, he grew up in Egypt, part of the royal family, and there had to be people there he loved, people he didn’t want to see hurt. And there had to be people who loved him, who couldn’t understand why things couldn’t just go back to the way they were. And the song hurts because it’s supposed to, because it lets you feel the painful situation and how much faith in God’s plan it must have taken for Moses to persist in spite of the hurt.
And that’s valuable.