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Breezin’ Through the Bible #4, Moses and Deliverance

October 8, 2013

Moses and Deliverance

God’s time is infinite, but man’s time is limited. Joseph lived a  short 120 years before he was entombed in Egypt. Had God forgotten his promise to Joseph’s ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? The people were strangers in a strange land, multiplying prodigiously for 430 years. Pharaohs ruled and died, becoming more fearful of the Israelites in their land as the number of Israelites increased. God’s people became slaves, subjected to the hardest labor under the cruelest slave-drivers. They cried to God for deliverance.

To reduce their numbers, a Pharaoh gave an order to his soldiers. “Every Hebrew boy that is born, you must throw into the Nile.” A man from the tribe of Levi had a son. His wife hid the baby from the soldiers, but soon was unable to keep him safe. She made a basket from reeds, coating it with tar, and she put the baby in it. With a prayer to God, she watched the baby drifting with the current of the Nile. The older sister, Miriam, watched as the Pharaoh’s daughter saw the basket and sent her slave to get it. Then she sent for a Hebrew nurse. Miriam, standing by, called for her mother to nurse the baby. The child was called Moses because he was drawn from the water. Moses grew up as a pampered Egyptian in the house of Pharaoh.

One day the young adult Moses saw an Egyptian over-seer beating a Hebrew slave. Enraged, he killed the Egyptian and hid his body. Some Hebrews saw the incident. Moses realized he was in danger, for the Pharaoh would not be pleased. He fled Egypt to live in Median. There Moses became a shepherd for the flocks of Jethro. He married Jethro’s daughter Zipporah, and they had a son, Gershom. 

While tending the flocks of his father-in-law, Moses came to Sinai, the mountain of God. God appeared to Moses in a burning bush. The bush was on fire but was not consumed. Moses was overwhelmed with curiosity and approached. God stopped him, telling him to take off his sandals for this was Holy ground. Moses hid his face in fear.

But God had heard the cries of his people and said to Moses, “You must lead my people out of Egypt.”

Moses protested. “Who am I to lead the people out of Egypt?”

God responded, “I will be with you.”

to be contd.

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