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Moses is one of the important prophets mentioned in the bible.

He is mentioned in every religious book. He was the leader of the Israelites.

When Jacob and Joseph were prophets, the people settled in the Land of Goshen. There was a new Pharoah appointed. This Pharoah used to oppress the people of Israel. The father of Moses was Amram and the mother of Moses was Jochebed. His father Amram was the descendent of Kohath. He was a Levite who came with the house of Jacob and entered Egypt. Moses was born in a time when the people of his tribe were enslaved. The Pharoah ordered to kill all the sons so that the community would not become strong. Moses grew up with the Egyptian royal family when his mother put him in the river Nile for the fear that he would be killed. Moses fled Egypt after killing an Egyptian slave master. At the mountain of God, he spoke to the Lord, where he was ordered to return back to Egypt. God appointed the older brother of Moses, Aaron as his spokesperson, as he was not able to speak properly. After the 10 plagues and the exodus of Israelites out of Egypt, he settled at Mount Sinai. He received the 10 commandments and he wandered in the desert for 40 years. He died at the age of 120 on Mount Nebo.

Life History Of Moses In Bible

The ancestors of Moses migrated to Egypt from Canaan with Joseph. The father of Moses was Amram and the mother of Moses was Jochebed. Let's explore some more facts about Moses.

  • Moses had two older siblings. One was his sister who was seven years older. Her name was Miriam. The other was his brother who was three years older than him. His name was Aaron.
  • He was later appointed as a spokesperson for his brother Moses when he was chosen as a prophet by God.
  • The Pharoah who came in power at the time of Moses was a very cruel one. He was afraid that the Hebrew people who were enslaved, would come and revolt against the Egyptians.
  • In addition, it was prophesized by his astrologers that there would be born a savior among the Jewish people. This was seen in the stars, and the pharaoh would die in water. He decided to kill all the newborns, leaving the daughters of Israel. They were killed by drowning in the Nile river. Moses' mother, Jochebed was really worried. She picked the baby Moses in an ark and covered him with bulrushes.
  • Baby Moses was found by the daughter of Pharoah Batyaon on the banks of the river Nile. The name Moses was an Egyptian name. She adopted Moses or Moshe as his own son. The name Moshe comes from the word 'mishisihu' which means he was drawn. As Moses was drawn from water, he was given this name. Moses was raised as an Egyptian.
  • Moses stuttered from birth. When he was a baby, Moses reached for the crown of Pharoah, Seeing this Pharoah got worried that the kid might be after his throne. The advisors of Moses suggested that a hot piece of coal and glittering gold be placed on either side and let baby Moses choose between them. Moses was about to choose the gold, but an angel swayed him to the other side, and Moses picked up the burning hot coal. This relieved the advisors as it confirmed that Moses was not after the crown but simply attracted to shiny objects. As he was a baby, it's said he put the coal in his mouth, and his speech was stuttered since then.
  • When Moses reached adulthood, he killed a man who was beating a slave. The man was an Egyptian who was slapping a Hebrew slave. This news reached the Pharoah, who issued the death penalty against Moses. He was about to be executed by the sword, then his neck is said to have turned miraculously into ivory, and he was able to flee. Moses then fled the land of Egypt.
  • Moses fled to the land of the median. This was a country in the south of Judah. In the land, he married Zipporah. Zipporah was the daughter of a priest, Jethro. Jethro kept Moses as a shepherd for his land. They had two sons together, Eliezer and Gershom. One day, while he was herding the sheep, one sheep ran away. After searching for the sheep, he saw it near a stream of water. Moses showed compassion to the animal and said that if he was so kind to the animals, he would be compassionate to the people of the land, and be a shepherd to the people.
  • Moses' parents were of Hebrew origin, and they were the descendants of Abraham.
  • In the late 14th century BCE, Moses was born.
  • Moses preached the message of God when he was 80, and lived till the age of 120.
  • Moses initially smashed the stone tablets containing the 10 commandments.
  • At his stay in Mt. Sinai, Moses builds an ark and the new tablets.

Role Of Moses In The Bible

Let's explore the role of Moses in the Bible and some interesting stories:

  • It's believed that the lost sheep led Moses to a mountain. When he reached there, he was told to remove his shoes as that was a place of the holy site.
  • God appeared to Moses at Mount Horeb. He commanded Moses to return to the land of Egypt and free his people. He promised the land of Canaan to his people.
  • Moses was from the tribe of Levi, and he askedGod to make his brother his companion and helper.
  • Moses went to the Pharoah and delivered God's message to release all the Jews. The Pharaoh refused to let the Jews go. Then God told Moses to tell Aaron to stroke his rod, and all the water of the Nile river became blood. Apart from that, all the drinkables in the land turned to blood. Still, the Pharoah refused to let the Hebrew people go.
  • There were 10 plagues in the land after that incident and each plague was worse than the previous one. The Pharoah, at last, let the people go. The plague was lifted when Pharoah agreed to release all the Israelites. He again gathered his army and pursued the Jews to return them to servitude.
  • The Red Sea parted, and the Jews were able to escape the Pharoah and his army who drowned in the Red Sea, which regained back its original position after it was split.
  • Moses then traveled to the desert with his father-in-law and told him to appoint judges over his people. The prophet Moses descended with the law for the children of Israel after rescuing them.
  • When Moses was a baby, he landed up in Pharaoh's palace while he was in a basket in the Nile river. Pharaoh's daughter took him as her child. When she was unable to nurse him she looked far and wide for a wet nurse. She then hired a Hebrew woman to nurse him. The coincidence happened that the woman was Moses' mother.
  • Moses grew up in the luxuries of palace life as the son of the Pharaoh's daughter. He then came back to take the Israelites out of the land. When the Pharoah refused to send them, he sent 10 plagues to the land of Egypt. They turned water into blood, lice, frogs, livestock pestilence, hail, boils, the killing of firstborn children of Egypt, and darkness for three days. The rod of Moses was used to transform itself into a snake and back, producing water from a stone and for parting the Red Sea.
  • Moses was placed in an ark by his mother to save from Pharoah's soldiers.
  • Pharoah's soldiers would drown every male baby in the river Nile.
  • Moses was born three months premature, so he stayed with his mother for three months.
  • Moses was sent by God to give good blessings to the Hebrew enslaved people.
  • Moses was a shepherd working for his father-in-law.

Story Of Moses In The Bible

There are many stories of Moses in the Bible:

  • Moses was chosen by God to free the people of Israel from the cruel Pharoah.
  • He was given the ten commandments by God at Mount Sinai and he ascended the mountain of heaven for 40 days. After 40 days he received the tablet from God in which the 10 commandments have been carved.
  • When Moses was gone, many Jews carved a golden calf that they thought would lead them. When Moses came back, he was angry and broke the tablets and strongly rebuked his people. He destroyed the idol, and once again ascended to the mountain, where he received a second pair of tablets. The 10 Commandments of God became the voice of reason and thought for the Jews.
  • Moses obeyed the command of God and hence was called the law-giver.
  • The story of Moses in the Bible proves he was a leader and a shepherd for people.
  • There are two different sources about the story of Moses in the Bible. Moses was Israel's mighty leader and established Israel's judicial system along with his brother Aaron. The children of Israel were blessed with the mercy of God. The people of Israel crossed the Red Sea while the army of the Pharoah drowned behind them. God had instructed Moses to put down his rod, so the Red Sea split for them. Moses was also instructed by God to send 12 spies to see the land which God promised them. The people living on the land were stronger and more powerful. All the spies were terrified of occupying the land except for Caleb and Joshua. They both reported that the promised land was indeed flourished with greenery and prosperity and that they should go and fight with the king.
  • Moses played a crucial role in establishing Israel's judicial system.
  • Moses gave a warning to Pharoah to send Hebrew people with him.
  • Pharoah refused Moses repeated warnings, and Egypt was hit by 10 plagues.
  • There were three miracles performed by Moses which involved a snake.
  • He used the miracle of his rod to scare the Pharoah and his people.
  • Moses led the Exodus of Israelites through the Red Sea.
Moses and his brother Aaron were sent as saviors for Jewish people.

What was Moses' full name in the Bible?

Moses' name comes from the Mosheh. It is a Hebrew name.

  • The word 'mes' means son in Egyptian and could also mean 'deliver' in the Hebrew language.
  • Moses worked as a shepherd in the land of the Midian. He met his wife Zipporah here and had two sons with her.
  • Moses rescued the Jews and they do not reach Israel until they have wandered the desert for a generation.
  • For the land of Israel, Moses was an emancipator. He created nationhood, religious systems, and judicial system by rescuing the Hebrew children. At first, when God gave Moses the responsibility to become a savior, he gave God lame excuses why he cannot be the one. For each and every excuse of him, God had a solution and helped him out of the situation.
  • At the age of 80, Moses had enough experience gathered from the Pharaoh's court and wandering in the desert to carry out God's mission.
  • Moses was the first abandoned child who was mentioned in the testament books. During the period of wandering the desert, Moses had been disobedient to God and was not permitted to lead the children of Israel into the promised land of Canaan. This was due to the incident, that when there was a shortage of water among his people, god ordered Moses to speak to a rock. he water would spring out from the rock if he spoke to it. Instead, Moses struck the rock with his staff. Moses and the children of Israel were then abandoned from entering Canaan. The 10 Commandments of God became the foundation of Jewish law.
  • When Moses died, God buried Moses on the mountain. The grave of Moses was never found by anyone. In the valley of Poer, in the land of Moab, Moses' bones were spread. Moses was born from the family of a Hebrew slave and went on to become Israel's deliverer.
  • The life history of Moses is written in the Old Testament 'Books Of The Exodus', written before the birth of Jesus Christ. The movie 'Ten Commandments' brought Moses back to life for his followers. Moses' life was explained and presented in an inspiring way.
  • During the life of Moses, the Israelites were unwilling to take the land which God has promised them. They feared that they would not be able to defeat the King of the land of Canaan.
  • The 12 spies sent by Moses also discouraged the Israelites and told them not to acquire the land.
  • So, Moses wandered around the desert for 40 years. When he died, his body was nowhere to be found. After the death of Moses, Caleb and Joshua, along with their tribe, conquered the land of Canaan. They settled in the promised land after 80 years of wandering. God's promise came true for those people who believed in him and were patient.
  • Moses wandered in the desert for 40 years after escaping from the Red Sea.
  • Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt by causing the Red sea to become dry land.
  • God helped Moses and his followers to escape, and let Pharoah and his army drown.
  • God spoke to Moses behind a flaming bush that did not burn.
  • Moses was given a total of nine miracles in his lifetime.
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