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The Curse of the Mummy

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Sermon shared by Jeff Strite

June 2008
Summary: Who could the Pharaohs (mentioned in Exodus) have been, and what can we learn from the curse associated with their reign?
Audience: General adults
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OPEN: A few months ago I was reading an article about King Tut (his full name was Tutankhamun). The ancient Egyptian pharaoh, and artifacts from his tomb, were making a tour and would be stopping in at Chicago to be displayed at one of the museums there.
As I read the article I became intrigued by a couple of things.
Back in 1922, archeologist Howard Carter led a team that unearthed the tomb of King Tut. Shortly after the tomb was opened, Carterís canary was bitten by a Cobra A year later Lord Cameron Ė the man who financed the expedition Ė died of an infection he got while shaving. Add the rumor that King Tutís tomb held a curse for any who would open his graveÖ and the media had a field day.
By 1935, they claimed there were 21 victims of the Mummyís curse.
Now, they really had to stretch to get that number (only 6 of the 22 people present when the tomb was opened actually died over the next 12 years or soÖ not a dramatic number), but because of the supposed Mummyís curse and the interest it aroused in the general public, Hollywood took notice. From that day until this, there have been over 500 movies featuring dead Pharaohs, wrapped in burial cloth, wreaking their wrath on foolish mortals who dared to disturb their tombs.

APPLY: The story of the curse of King Tut is interesting to me.
And the reason its interesting is because there really was a curse associated with his family.
But the curse didnít effect the people who opened his tomb.
And it didnít effect King Tut.
If Iím right, it effected his father, his uncle and his grandfather.

Tutís mother was Nefertiti (one of the famed beauties of ancient Egypt) and his father was a Pharaoh named Amenhotep IV.
Amenhotep was not quite as famous as King Tut, but he caused quite a stir in his day because he made a major change in Egyptís worship. Amenhotep took what had been a worship many gods (called polytheism)Ö and forced Egypt to worship only ONE god (monotheism)

Scholars are divided as to why Tutís father made this dramatic change but you can be assured it wasnít real popular at the time. People didnít like changes in their worship back then any more than they do now. In fact, Amenhotepís decision was so unpopular that once King Tut took the throne he immediately changed Egypt back to the many gods that everybody seemed to want.

Amenhotep IV (King Tutís father) was the heretic King of Egypt.
He wanted Egypt to worship only one god.
That alone was worth my interest.

But even more intriguing was the fact Amenhotep IV wasnít actually supposed to be Pharaoh. That title should have gone to his older brother Ė Thutmose.
Thutmose was the 1st born of his family... and he died mysteriously. No one seems to know why. (Aldred, Cyril. Akhenaten: King of Egypt. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1988)

Hmmm.
To my way of thinking this family sounds a lot like one that might have suffered from a curse. A curse known as the 10th plague of God upon Egypt.

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