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How Moses Freed the Jewish People from Slavery

 

Introduction:

The story of Moses freeing the Jewish people from slavery is one of the most famous stories in the Bible. Moses was born into a family of Hebrew slaves who were living in Egypt. When he was grown, he realized that his people were being treated unjustly and decided to do something about it.

He led a rebellion against the Egyptian authorities and managed to free his people from slavery.

 

Ancient Egyptian slavery
Artwork by Jean François Champollion 1790–1832. Source: New York Public Library. 21st Sept. 2022.

 

Slavery in Ancient Egypt.

Slavery was a common practice in ancient Egypt, and the Israelites were not the only ones who were forced into servitude. However, the Israelites’ position as slaves was unique in that their enslavement was motivated by fear, rather than economics. The Pharaoh feared that the Israelites would one day turn against the Egyptians, so he gradually forced them into slavery.

This all came to a head when Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt after receiving a command from God. The Exodus was a key moment in both Jewish and Egyptian history, and it signified the end of slavery for the Israelites.

While slavery continued to be practiced in Egypt, the Israelites were free at last.

 

The Exodus: Moses Leads the Jews Out of Slavery.

The Exodus is the story of Moses leading the Jews out of slavery in Egypt. It is one of the most famous episodes in the Bible, and it has been recounted and reinterpreted for centuries. While there are many different versions of the story, it typically goes something like this:

Moses was born into slavery in Egypt, but he was raised as a prince in the court of Pharaoh. When Moses discovered the true extent of the cruelty and suffering that his people were enduring, he decided to lead them out of Egypt and into freedom.

Moses confronted Pharaoh and demanded that he let the Jews go, but Pharaoh refused. As a result, Moses called down a series of plagues upon Egypt, each more devastating than the last. Finally, Pharaoh relented and Moses led the Jews out of slavery. They traveled for 40 years in the desert before finally reaching the Promised Land.

The Exodus is an important story because it speaks to the human desire for freedom. It also demonstrates the power of faith and perseverance in the face of adversity. For many people, the Exodus is an inspiring tale that reminds them that anything is possible if they are willing to fight for it.

 

Ancient stone carving of Moses
Photo by Laura Seaman. Unsplash. 21st Spet. 2022.

 

The Ten Plagues: God’s Judgment on Egypt.

The story of the Ten Plagues is one of the most well-known Bible stories. It tells of how Moses, at God’s command, led the people of Israel out of slavery in Egypt.

As they were leaving, Moses warned the Pharaoh that if he did not let them go, God would bring ten plagues upon the land. The Pharaoh refused, and so the plagues came: water turned to blood, frogs covered the land, lice infested the people, flies filled the air, the disease struck the livestock, boils afflicted the people, hail destroyed the crops, locusts ate everything in sight, darkness covered the land, and finally, the firstborn males of every family were killed. After each plague, Moses pleaded with the Pharaoh to let his people go, but each time he refused.

Finally, after the tenth plague, the Pharaoh relented and Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt. The story of the Ten Plagues is a powerful reminder of God’s power and justice.

 

The First Passover: Deliverance From Death.

The First Passover took place in Egypt, around the time of the Exodus. Moses had been sent by God to Pharaoh, to demand that he let the Israelites go. When Pharaoh refused, Moses warned him that God would bring a series of plagues upon the land.

The tenth plague would be the death of every firstborn child in Egypt. To protect their children, the Israelites were instructed to kill a lamb and sprinkle its blood on their doorposts. When God saw the blood, He would “pass over” those homes and spare the lives of the Israelites.

This event was a turning point in history, as it led to the freedom of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. It also commemorates God’s deliverance from death and His faithfulness to His people.

 

Statue of Moses holding the ten commandments
Photo by Levi Meir Clancy. Unsplash. 21st Sept. 2022.

 

What is the Law of Moses?

The law of Moses refers to the body of law that Moses is said to have received from God on Mount Sinai and passed on to the people of Israel. It is also known as the Mosaic Law or the Pentateuch, which is the first five books of the Hebrew Bible. The law contains several rules and regulations governing everything from religious observances to civil matters.

While some of these laws may seem outdated or even barbaric by modern standards, they were ahead of their time in many ways. For example, the law codified the still controversial practice of equality before the law, regardless of social status.

In addition, the law prohibited several practices that were common at the time, such as slavery and human sacrifice. As a result, the law of Moses had a profound impact on the development of Western civilization.

 

Moses parting the Red Sea
Antique engraving. Artist Unknown. 21th Sept. 2022.

 

The Crossing of the Red Sea: Freedom From Pharaoh’s Army.

The Exodus is one of the most famous stories in the Bible, and it centers around the crossing of the Red Sea. For Moses and the Israelites, this was a moment of freedom from Pharaoh’s cruel army. But what exactly happened at the Red Sea?

The biblical account states that Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt and into the wilderness. Pharaoh’s army pursued them, but when they reached the shores of the Red Sea, Moses used his staff to part the waters. The Israelites were then able to cross to safety while Pharaoh’s army was swallowed up by the sea.

This story has been interpreted in many ways over the years. Some scholars believe that it is a metaphor for God’s power to protect and deliver his people. Others believe that it is a historical account of an actual event.

Regardless of how you interpret it, the story of the crossing of the Red Sea is an inspiring example of God’s love and care for his people.

 

How Old was Moses when he Died?

Moses was born in Egypt around 1525 BC. He was raised as an Egyptian prince and educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians. At the age of forty, he killed an Egyptian who was beating a Hebrew slave and fled to Midian.

There he married Zipporah, the daughter of Jethro, and settled down to a life of shepherding. Moses spent the next forty years in relative obscurity until the time came for him to deliver his people from slavery in Egypt.

Moses led the Israelites through the wilderness for forty years, and then, at the age of eighty, he died and was buried on Mount Nebo. Thus, Moses lived to be approximately 120 years old.

 

Moses and Zipporah Returning to Egypt, from Old and New Testaments
Print by Augustin Hirschvogel. Source: Met Museum. 21st Sept. 2022.

 

Who was Moses’ Wife?

Moses’ wife was Zipporah. Moses married Zipporah while he was living as a shepherd in Midian. Moses had fled Egypt after killing an Egyptian who was mistreating a Hebrew slave.

Moses met Zipporah when he came to the aid of some shepherds who were being attacked by bandits. Moses helped the shepherds drive away the bandits, and Zipporah’s father, Jethro, invited Moses to live with them and work as a shepherd.

Moses and Zipporah had two sons, Gershom and Eliezer. When Moses was eighty years old, he had a vision of a burning bush, and God spoke to him from the bush, commissioning Moses to lead the Hebrews out of slavery in Egypt. Moses returned to Egypt, and with the help of his brother Aaron, Moses led the Hebrew people out of slavery and into freedom.

Moses’ wife, Zipporah, played a significant role in his life, both before and after he received his commission from God.

 

Conclusion

Moses is one of the most famous figures in the Bible, and his life story is full of inspiring examples of God’s love and care for his people. Moses was born in Egypt around 1525 BC and spent forty years in relative obscurity before being called by God to lead the Israelites out of slavery.

Moses led the Israelites through the wilderness for eighty years before he died at the age of 120. His wife, Zipporah, played a significant role in his life both before and after he received his commission from God.

 

Sources: THX News, World History & Wikipedia.

 


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