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Moses


MOSES

Moses was a prominent leader, prophet, lawgiver, and deliverer of the Israelites. They considered Moses as the author of the first five books of the Bible. God providentially saved his life when he was born because Pharaoh had ordered to kill all the newborn Hebrew boys to reduce the population growth of the Israelites in Egypt. Pharaoh’s daughter adopted him when he was a baby and she brought him up in Pharaoh’s palace. When he was forty, he killed an Egyptian slave-master who was beating a Hebrew. For fear of punishment from Pharoah, Moses fled to Midian and lived there for another 40 years. There he got the call from the Lord to go back to Egypt to liberate the Israelites from slavery. The Lord sent ten plagues, one after another, to the Egyptians. Finally, Pharaoh allowed the Israelites to leave Egypt. On the way to Canaan, God gave the ten commandments to the chosen people through Moses on Mount Sinai. Because of the people’s disobedience, they had to wander in the desert for 40 years under the guidance of Moses.

When the people reached close to Canaan, the Lord allowed Moses to see the promised land but did not allow him to enter it. He died at 120 in the land of Moab. “He was buried in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor; to this day no one knows the place of his burial” (Deut 34:4-7). However, the Lord allowed him to enter Canaan on the Mount of the Transfiguration when the Messiah came into the world.

 


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