Monday, January 21, 2008

Thinking of Dr. King

Happy MLK Day.

I found the final speech that Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the night before he was assassinated. I'm posting the YouTube clip of the last minute or so of that speech. Two things strike me about this clip. First, what an excellent speaker in the African-American tradition of preaching Dr. King was. He was clearly a master of rhetoric. And, second, how remarkably prophetic he was. He carried the name of another prophet (Protestant trail-blazer Martin Luther), he did the work of a prophet, and his final words appear so prophetic in view of the events of the next day & the story of the death of Moses at the end of Deuteronomy.

To further Dr. King's comparison, these words from Deuteronomy 34 also appear to have dual application:

10Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses [...] 12For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel."

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