The name Maurice means ‘swarthy’ which means dark skinned. How does one become dark skinned? Either he is born that way or he spends a lot of time in the light. By the very nature of his name I’d say Maurice was born this way. Way before the foundation of the world when God wrote his name in the Lambs’ Book of Names Maurice was being bathed in That Light that caused him to become dark skinned. There was a calling on his life, like the rest of us, for which the Lord was preparing him even before he was born.
So why the need of dark skin? As in the natural, when one is exposed to the light after a certain length of time ones skin will just naturally turn darker. Unless you are of that crowd who doesn’t and has need of sun block. But we are not discussing that crowd here, we are considering why Maurice was born this way. I believe God was preparing him for the tough times and the battles ahead. Those who can’t stand to be out in the heat of the Light for extended periods will get too hot or burnt and will have to leave the battle field. There is no shame in this. These people simply have a different task to fulfill.
Maurice however has his work cut out for him. From birth nearly he has felt the heat of being different, not the norm. He in turn felt he could see and understand the hurts and even sufferings of others in the same predicament. But more is required of him than to feel compassion. He has to get out in the field of being confrontational at the expense of riticule, derision and contempt for his beliefs and stand. And the sad fact is that there are few who believe or understand him much less stand shoulder to shoulder with him in the battle of public opinion. His Biblical beliefs are just too radical.
But that is why Maurice was born dark skinned in the first place, to be able to stand in the heat of the battle. Our Savior faced the exact same battle however He not only fought this same battle He gave the Ultimate Sacrifice, not just the rejection and scorn of His fellowman. So, Maurice does have a tough time ahead without much hope of any let up. He has been prepared for this battle, he is ready and able calling all comrades who dare to be different and stand up against the so called Scriptural ‘norm’ to come out with him in the Light and the heat. The battle is swift and sure and Great are the Rewards.
Deu. 20:3 And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach
this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fearnot, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them.