Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Going to see the King
When I was in seventh grade, my history textbook had a very long section on Egyptology. I saw a photograph of the mummy of Ramses the Great, and I was hooked. I developed a life-long interest in all things ancient Egypt.
The Treasures of Egypt: King Tut exhibit came to the MN Science Museum, and my kids and I were able to see the exhibit last week. Statuary, Shabtis, Sarcophogi, Pectorals, Plaster Friezes, Amulets...unbelieveable detail and antiquity.
I saw in person things that I had only seen photographs of before. It is such an unreal feeling to stand at the foot of a statue of Akhenaten or Khufu, or stare into the eyes of an alabaster canopic jar carved in the image of King Tutankhamen and contemplate the sheer age of the artifact.
We also took in the Omnimax film Mummies: Secrets of the Pharoahs. And guess who starred in the film? The mummy of Ramses the Great! I'd know that aristocratic profile anywhere. :) One thing the narrator of the film said that made me shake my head though, was that staring into the face of Ramses the Great was a singular experience, since it was the only face from the Bible that we would ever see.
Sad, isn't it? Not only is there much debate over who the Pharoah of the Biblical Exodus was, but this narrator has no idea that in eternity, believers will see the faces of so many of the Bible characters. David, Abraham, Moses, Peter, Daniel, Josiah, Barnabas...and most to be treasured...the face of Jesus.
I'm so thankful to have been able to see the treasures of Egypt and fulfill this lifelong dream, but the greatest treasure, the dream to surpass all dreams, will be to see the face of my Savior.
Question for you: Are you interested in Egyptology? Have you seen the Treasures of Egypt? Do you want to?