Today @ Healingsprings fellowship

Who truly am I? The quest for a sense of identity: an exploration of the Book of Exodus

In previous weeks, we established that unlike traditional doctrine that the Old Testament was written by Moses, it was in fact written retrospectively by multiple contributors.

Most scholars now agree that the recording of their oral history, compilation and redaction started during the Exile, and was completed at some point after the Exile.

By way of background, amidst the disruption of political and spiritual institutions, and the destruction of The Temple; they needed to come to terms with their understanding of the Divine, and the geopolitics of their time.

Much like we have today, the competing powers of that era were: Egypt, Babylon, Greece and Persia. And as a result of the location of the Israelites (the bottle beck between Africa and the Middle East), geopolitically they became an important nation for these competing super powers.

Consequently the book of Exodus is not historic or biographical, but what is known as a founding myth. Although more comprehensive in terms of depth, it is not dissimilar to the founding myths of African Kingdoms like the Yoruba’s in western Nigeria, which is centred around a mythical figure – Oduduwa.

Therefore, it’s purpose was not to account for what happened in terms of historicity, but as a reflection and commentaries on the historical experience of the exile community in Babylon, and later Jerusalem.

Like all founding myths, the primary goal was to galvanise the people towards a metaphysical and physical identity, and for the purposes of nationhood.

With the benefit of hindsight, we can see the positive impact of these stories on the Jewish people, and in the same vein, the detrimental impact of competing ideologies and beliefs on the psyche of people that have been enslaved and colonised.

In the absence of a central narrative that provides a sense of identity, co-existence and nation building becomes an impossible task.

Here lies the challenges of Africans and our dear brothers and sisters of African descent.

After years of being educated to believe that we are pagans, that we are backward, that we are cursed, that we are black, that we are uncivilised, that we are primitive, that we are uneducated, that we are ugly; and that God was angry with us because we were not Christians or Muslims.

Scriptural focus: Exodus chapters 7-9 (NRSV)

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Thought Leaders Series: 2018

Many factions saw rebellion and insurgency as a means of resisting Roman occupation in Palestine, but for Jesus, as well as his introspective approach towards personal transformation, prayer was also a necessary discipline in resisting the urge to repay their oppressors with evil.

Prayer was an outlet, a release valve, a means of purging the transference of injustice, pain and violence they suffered under Roman occupation.

But this did not limit or demean the importance of social action and advocacy. His prophetic voice was regularly heard loud and clear in houses, street corners, mountains, the seaside, synagogues, and the Temple.

He led his disciples in creating a community of common goods, where they all had ‘things in common’, and those at the fringes of society were rehabilitated back into community.

Exemplified in real transformation through: healing the sick, feeding the hungry, visiting those in prison, and debt cancellation.

But sadly today, prayer is treated as a silver bullet – especially in Evangelical settings. It is presented as the answer to all the ills and challenges facing humanity, while advocacy and social action are often relegated to the peripheral – a nice to have, but not a necessary element in bringing about God’s kingdom on earth.

However, much of the progress achieved through history, most of what we enjoy today were achieved through social action and advocacy.

Through people who kept knocking the doors of those in power, through people who kept seeking solutions to the difficult problems, through people who kept asking and demanding equal rights and justice.

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