Are You a Bible Character?
I write Biblical fiction, but unlike most stories told about Bible characters, the stories in my first series (which takes place before, during, and after the Exodus from Egypt) are written from a first person point of view, and also from the perspective of an “outsider”—someone who is not an actual, historical character, but is along for the “ride”. I have a number of reasons for writing this way, but chief among them is this: I wanted to imagine myself inside the world of the Bible. I wanted to walk a mile, or a few hundred, in the sandals of an Egyptian that went with the Hebrews, or a Hebrew midwife living at Mt. Sinai, or a Caananite woman whose family has been killed by the invading Israelite army. We tend to, consciously or not, look at the stories in the Bible as dusty tales from long ago about people that have little to no connection to us, or our daily lives. But for those of us that believe the Bible is a literal, historical document I think it is important to remember that Moses, Miriam and Joshua were real people; with real emotions, real fears and real insecurities. They cried, they laughed, they sinned, they loved, they doubted. God did not choose perfect angels to lead his people, but fallible human beings. The people that were led out of Egypt by Moses were real people, too. There were multitudes of fathers, mothers, children, grandmothers, grandfathers, sisters and brothers who had their own fears and doubts. They entered the wilderness following some guy who was rumored to be a murderer, said he talked with an invisible god who told him to challenge the most powerful man on earth with a shepherd’s stick, and then took them and their families into the desert with only a few days worth of food and water. Talk about scary! It wasn’t as if they could turn the car around and go back home if it didn’t work out, they were putting everything on the line. The Bible is a unique document, a document that not only describes the past, but is also a prophetic document that describes the future—and things happening right now, in our own day. Since being in Covenant with Jesus allows us to be grafted into the line of Abraham, and therefore co-inheritors of all the promises in the Bible, o