Transformative, Not Performative

September 6, 2020


The book of Exodus makes clear that Moses was not looking for a big stage to enhance his brand. After God appears to Moses in the burning bush and says he will send him to liberate the Israelites, Moses says, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (3:11). Moses is clearly not looking for a platform. Then Moses says, “O my Lord, I have never been eloquent…I am slow of speech and slow of tongue” (4:10). He knows that he is not a good performer. So, God allows Moses’ brother, Aaron, to speak to the people for Moses.

Bible References

  • Exodus 12 - 1:14