Having or Lacking a Voice: Rodney King vs. Moses

a voice is more than words. a voice is more than sound. a voice is more than inflection. there is also experience. the voice is also credibility. the voice is also authority.

who says something may be more important than the words that are spoken.

for example, your brother could tell you to take out the trash and you will ignore him. when your mother or father tells you to do the same, you take out the trash. this is the voice of authority.

an early episode in moses’ life is a perfect example of the issue of the voice of credibility and authority.

moses murdered the taskmaster who struck a fellow hebrew. exodus 2:11. note: it is this blog’s contention that it was murder under a modern day definition. in the episode, moses looked both ways, saw no one was there and killed the individual. thus, the events was not one in which he was acting in the immediate defense of another.

after this incident, he encountered hebrews who were quarelling and “he said to the wicked one, ‘why are you going to strike a your friend?’ and he[the wicked one] retorted, ‘who made you a man, a prince, and a judge over us?'” exodus 2:13-14.

moses had no voice. his voice was neither from credibility or authority. he was only known by the wicked one as a person who was a murderer and was part of the egyptian civilization. he had no history of being a member of the hebrew community. he had not acted in anyway to be an example for others. beyond this, moses had a speaking problem.

it is contended that this was a traumatic event.

an example of a voice, is that of rodney king. mr. king was repeatedly beaten by the police. it was a well televised event. it is possible that everyone in america at the time with a tv had seen it multiple times. scenes of his beating were played repeatedly on news sections with respect to the incident as well as when the trial of the officers were being conducted.

at the time of the acquittal with respect to the accused police officers who were charged with excessive force, the 1992 los angeles riots happened lasting six days and in which 63 people were killed and with 2,383 more injured” wikipedia.

on 5/1/92, mr. king made a television appearance and pleaded for the end of the riots and said, among other things “i just want to say – you know – can we all get along? can we, can we get along?” wikipedia.

mr. king’s word were remembered by many. his words have become part of our culture and have been frequently quoted. at the time of his statement, unlike moses, mr. king had a voice. he had credibility. he spoke from his heart. he spoke as to what he believed was right. at time moses first sought to address the ills of his society, he had no voice. he was taken aback by the response he received. he was in fear of his life due to the murder. he fled. he arguably wandered spiritually lost in the desert as a shepherd for many years. it is contended that it was only when he encountered god and provided a mandate, tools and directions that he was able to attain the voice he sought to have as a youth.

this blog’s voice is in part based upon the words of the torah and ten commandments. this blog wants to challenge you to do the most dangerous and terrifying thing that you can do in your life. that is take the time to think and reflect upon yourself. in doing so, please make and take actions to make yourself a better and more productive person for both yourself and others. thus, perhaps this blog’s voice is that of its many words provoking thought, encouragement, and positivity in this world.

be well!

Published by biblelifestudies

I am a practicing lawyer and long term admirer of the bible

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