The story of Moses

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The story of Moses

THE STORY OF

MOSES

Moses is a prophet in Abrahamic religions and is considered the saviour of the Jewish people. When he was three months old, Moses was hidden in a basket set afloat in the Nile to escape Pharaoh's decree that all male Hebrew children be drowned; he was retrieved from the river by Pharaoh's daughter, Batyah, who raised him in the palace. At age 20, Moses fled Egypt after killing an Egyptian he saw beating a Jew and made his way to Midian, where he married Zipporah, the daughter of Jethro, and fathered two sons, Gershom and Eliezer. When Moses was 80 years old, G-d revealed himself to him in a burning bush at Mount Sinai and instructed him to liberate the Children of Israel.

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY

Exodus 33:11 - And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.

Acts 7:38 - This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and [with] our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:

Exodus 3:10-22: Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.

Exodus 2:11-22 - And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren.

MOSES MEETS GOD

When Moses saw a burning bush in the desert, he took a closer look in realized that it was God speaking to him. "God called to him out of the bush, 'Moses, Moses!' And he said, 'Here I am.' Then he said, Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground" (Exodus 3:4-5) Through this event in history, God tells Moses that he wanted Moses to lead His people to the Promised Land. This event is significant in history and has reinforced our belief in justice and equality for all. God will come to save us when we are suffering from unjust persecution, and in this case, it was enslavement from the Egyptian pharaoh.

After the slaves were freed, the Pharaoh changed his decision and chose to go after the nation of Israel and its people. When Moses and the people were being chased down by the Pharaoh's army. God gave Moses the power to part the Red Sea to allow the people of Israel to pass through safely. However, when the Pharaoh's army attempted to pass, they found themselves drowned by the collapsing pathway. Although this event may not have been entirely true, it gives us faith in God and shows us what he is willing to do to protect us from harm and persecution. From then on, the people feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and his servant Moses.

PARTING THE SEA

THE TEN PLAGUES

Although reluctant to harm human life, God had been forced to inflict 10 plagues upon Egypt in order to push the Pharaoh to free the slaves. The final plague, that the firstborn of every man and beast in Egypt would die, finally forced the Pharaoh to set God's people free. The Ten Plagues have become a very important story that is often shared in the Catholic tradition today. This event has made an impact on the way we live: not for the betterment of yourself, but for that of others. 'Passover', a Jewish celebration, commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery. A similar version of the story was adopted by the Islamic faith, where the day of Ashura commemorates the day when Moses and his followers were saved from the Pharaoh by Allah.

TEN COMMANDMENTS

Shortly after God brought the people of Israel out of Egypt, they traveled through the desert to Sinai where they camped in front of Mount Sinai. God called Moses to the top of the mountain and handed over to him the first parts of his new laws. In total, God called Moses to the mountain for 40 days and 40 nights. In the end, God gave Moses two tablets of stone which became the law of the land: The Ten Commandments. The profound wisdom and truth in these laws has influenced man-made laws and the way our society functions. Today, people continue to respect and follow these commandments because although they were inscribed thousands of years ago, they still remain practical.


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