Moses Essay

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"Born a slave and raised by kings, he was chosen to lead. His name is revered by millions......Moses. By faith Moses' parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king's edict." Hebrews 11:23

Revered as a prophet but even more importantly as a teacher and a lawgiver, Moses was the leader of the Israelite people 3,300 years ago during their journey from slavery in Egypt to freedom as a nation in the land of Israel. For 40 years Moses led the people through the desert on their way to Israel and helped shape them into a nation that could live under the laws of God. Moses oversaw the creation and development of the first Israelite systems of
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Forced to flee Egypt, Moses became a shepherd in the neighboring land of Midian, where he met and married his wife, Zippora. While tending his flock, as the Bible relates, Moses had his first encounter with God, who would ultimately free the Israelite people from Egyptian slavery. At a bush that miraculously burned but was not burnt up, Moses heard God call him to go to Pharaoh and demand that the Israelite people be set free. At first reluctant and afraid, Moses was convinced by a series of divine signs and was reassured by the presence of his brother Aaron, who came to assist him. Moses' first confrontation with Pharaoh was a failure. The Egyptians relied on slave labor for their massive building projects, and Pharaoh was reluctant to lose such a large number of workers. Angry with Moses, Pharaoh decreed that the Israelite slaves should work even harder. The consequent increasing oppression of the Israelites caused them to reject Moses as their deliverer. The Bible then tells of God 's visiting upon the Egyptians a series of divine punishments in the form of ten plagues. The final plague took the life of Pharaoh's own son. Pharaoh then relented and let the Israelites leave Egypt under the leadership of Moses. However, Pharaoh soon regretted his decision and set out in pursuit with his army to bring the Israelite slaves

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