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The Bible says what?

I have been reading the Bible since I was in first grade. I distinctly remember dragging my new Robin's-Egg-Blue Living Bible to school with me and showing off to my teacher that I could read the Bible and I didn't need any of her "reading lessons" (Yes, I was a bit of a know-it-all) But even though I have read the Bible cover to cover (in portions mind you, never in order, that's not my style) there are times when I come across things that blow my mind. And the line in Exodus 12:38, "And a mixed multitude went up also with them", was one of them. I had read the story of Moses and the Hebrews in the wilderness, watched the old movie with Charlton Heston many times, and endured years and years of flannel-graph Sunday School presentations (that dates me) but I had never realized that it was not just the Hebrews that willingly walked into that desert following after a strange cloud of fire. There was a mixed multitude of what we would call "Gentiles" that went with them. And the thought that, perhaps, many of those people could have been Egyptians intrigued me. I wondered, who would have made that choice, to deny their own heritage and gods and leave Egypt to traipse around in the desert following a foreign, invisible, god-of-slaves? That is when the story of Kiya from my first novel Counted with the Stars came to me--an Egyptian who was desperate enough to walk away from her country and how she came to be part of the new nation of Israel at the foot of Sinai. I had been studying my own heritage for a while, the foundations of my own Christian faith in the bedrock of Israel and our distinctly Jewish Messiah. So as a Gentile who has been grafted into the family of Abraham through Christ (Hebrews 11:8-12) I identified with Kiya and others who chose to throw off their "old nature" and accept the redemption offered by God. The Exodus from Egypt is a type, a shadow, of our walk with Christ. We are called to be separate, t