After being banned from Egypt, Moses barely survives a devastating trek across the desert wilderness. He is rescued by a group of shepherd girls, daughters of Jethro, a Midianite priest. Just before their marriage, one of the girls, Sephora [Yvonne De Carlo] profoundly compares traditional and secular values for Moses [Charlton Heston]. Moses has just described an Egyptian woman looking “as beautiful as a jewel.”
Sephora: “A jewel has brilliance, but gives no warmth.
- Our hands are not so soft but they can serve.
- Our bodies are not so white, but they are strong.
- Our lips are not perfumed, but they speak the truth.
- Love is not an art to us; it is life to us.
- We are not dressed in gold and fine linen; strength and honor are our clothing.
- Our tents are not the columned halls of Egypt, but our children play happily before them.
- We can offer you little, but we offer all we have.”
Moses: “I have not little, Sephora; I have nothing.”
Sephora: “Nothing from some is more than gold from others.”
The conversation between Sephora (Greek form of Zipporah) and Moses just prior to their wedding is a clear contrast between:
- traditional Biblical values, focusing on strong character and serving others (overcoming pride), and
- secular values that recognize little significance in character and seeks to serve self (feeding pride and magnifying materialism).
Which would you marry? …the wealthy and materialistic, but shallow and self-centered Egyptian girl or the shepherd girl who understands the importance of virtue and strong character and is committed to a life of loving (serving) others.
- Traditional Biblical values emerge from the wholeness of one’s soul as a conduit for God’s enduring love.
- Evolution-rooted secular values, failing to recognize the reality of a spirit and limiting emotional considerations to Hedonistic highs/lows, emerge from primarily intellectual utilitarian considerations. The latter is a humanistic deification of man, based on the assumption that evolution has reached its highest current level in the human reasoning.
Which would you choose? “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”