The personality of Moses in the Bible appears in Israel’s history. From the time of the exodus from Egyptian bondage to the conquest of Canaan. And his name is mentioned 706 times in the Old Testament writings. Moses appears in Byzantine iconography in the “Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ” scene, next to Elijah, holding the tables of the law.
He is also found in the ‘Parable of the Fallen Among Thieves and ‘The Parable of the Hunted Workers. By reading this article, you will understand Moses’ life and his journey through the Exodus from Egypt. I hope you will find information that is relevant to your curiosities. Enjoy it!
Moses Bible Story
It was prophesied that He would enter the water, placed by his mother out of fear for the child’s life. A basket floating among the reeds near the banks of the Nile will come out of it. A reference to the primordial waters of the early times of the world’s creation, the flood of Noah’s time, and the passage through the Red Sea afterward. Or to the Baptism of the Saviour Jesus Christ, the starting point of Christian baptism. The baby is placed in a basket of dust, “anointed with tar and pitch.”
His name, “out of the water I brought him,” was given to him by the daughter of Pharaoh, who found him and took him into her care. Therefore, she will be referred to in the Holy Scripture as “his mother.” At the king’s palace, Moses receives an exceptional education, which is why Moses in the Bible is said to be Egyptian, in terms of the culture and language he learns, and Israelite, historically and genealogically.
His belonging to the people of Israel is evident when Moses in the Bible kills an Egyptian who was beating a Jew. Then he buries him, thinking that no one sees him. He felt an inner heartbreak for his deed, which is later discovered. Moses flees Egypt and arrives in a land where he will be called “a common Egyptian.”
And he marries Zipporah. At the same time, he was shepherding the sheep of his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. God speaks to Moses, the words rising from a burning bush that does not move. He is thus tasked with reviving Israel’s people from Egyptian bondage. He followed Moses to the Promised Land of Canaan to worship the Lord and receive the “pillars” of their faith: the commandments.
Birth of Moses
During this time of great trial, the great prophet Moses in the Bible was born. Hidden by his mother for three months, Moses is placed in a basket of reeds and left in the reed bed by the Nile, where he is found by the daughter of the king of Egypt herself.
She will raise him as her son. The new “Pharaoh” who occupied the throne of Egypt changed the open policy of his predecessors to a propagandistic approach—stating that “the nation of the children of Israel is a great multitude and is stronger than us. But come, let us drive them out, lest they multiply, and lest they unite with our enemies in time of war. And smite us, and come out of our land.”
The speech of the new Egyptian ruler contains all the elements designed to increase the tension of his people. The possibility is that the Jewish people, as a result of direct aggression or an alliance. The new Egyptian leader immediately countered an enemy population that might attack Egypt’s interests, although the Jewish population never shared this.
At first, the Jews are forced to build all kinds of cities, but then the king of Egypt, seeing that the Jewish population is still more numerous than before, asks the midwives to kill all its male infants. As both midwives refused to put the decision into practice. The king of Egypt extended the commandment to all his people: “Every male child that is born to the Hebrews throw it into the Nile, and all the daughters shall live.”
Why did God choose Moses?
God chose Moses in the Bible because of his personality and birth role: to be a leader and save God’s chosen people. The nature of Moses in the Bible has remained in biblical history as the name of reference for his contribution to the redemption of Israel, the icon of world salvation.
Brought up in the culture and civilization of ancient Egypt, Moses in the Bible knew how to use all the good spiritual accumulations of the school of his time. Israel was formed and organized as a people through Moses, receiving holy and beneficent laws which Christ only fulfilled: “Do not think that I have come to break the law or the prophets; I have not come to break but to fulfill.”
The number of prophets cannot be accurately determined. The line of prophets begins with Moses in the Bible. And ends with John the Baptist. The call to prophecy was independent of man’s will, the initiative belonging exclusively to God. From their consecration, they no longer belonged to themselves but became God’s property. They used to make God’s will known through their words.
Moses on Mount Horeb. Where did God meet Moses?
The eternal God meets Moses in Horeb, one of the peaks of Mount Sinai, considered “the mountain of God” or “the mountain of Moses” because this is where He revealed Himself to Moses in the bush. In Arabic, the pyre is called “Dinah” and is found in Palestine and around the Dead Sea, and this could be the origin of the name “Sinai.” Perhaps this is also why in the writings of the Pentateuch, God is called “He who dwells in the bush.”
What was shown to Moses in the Bible at Sinai after passing through the Red Sea was not only something that terrifies the soul and the body. The people were so overwhelmed that they could no longer bear what was shown and heard. Moses, left alone, dared more than he had dared with his people. He dares the darkness, enters the unseen, and learns that he who wants to be with God must come out of all that is seen. And lift his mind to the unseen and unsearchable mountaintop. He believes only that God exists.
Why did the Israelites cry out to God?
The Israelites cried out because they wanted the Lord’s help and God to deliver them from the terrible bondage under Pharaoh’s hand. The cries of the Israelites in Egyptian bondage are meant to awaken us all from apathy and indifference. God heard all those desperate cries of His people.
Sometimes prayer takes on the garb of desperate cries, well. That’s what the Israelites did; they cried out to God because they couldn’t face prayer with joyful faces, and it was impossible. The Lord told Abraham that the chosen people would be enslaved for 400 years, and in Exodus, we are told that the people’s stay in Egypt was 430 years.
The history of humankind has recorded situations in which dominant people have tried, by any means, to cause the extinction of another nation. In most cases, it was the children who suffered the most. Children paid the price of war, from the Assyrian invasions to the Mongol conquests, from the wars waged by the Persians against the Greeks to the disintegration of the former before Alexander Macedon. But the most dramatic case can be found in ancient Egypt, before the birth of the prophet Moses.
Mystery of the burning bush
The Burning Bush refers to an Old Testament event, foreshadowing one of God’s mysteries that would take place in the New Testament. Moses in the Bible sees the work of God. A bush burning and unquenchable. And we know the Mother of God, who received in her womb. The Creator of all, the One not even conceivable to the mind. The earth received the divine fire and did not waste away; man received God and did not burn.
The call of Moses
Moses’ call to the mission also takes place in the land of Midian. At the same time, he was grazing his father-in-law’s sheep near Mount Horeb. Here the angel of God appeared to him over a bush in a flame of fire, which did not consume the bush. And there, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a fiery love, coming out of a brush. And he saw that the bush was burning but was not moved.
After killing the Egyptian, Moses in the Bible sought refuge in Midian, a land in the wilderness of Arabia. He became attached to the priest Jethro, whose daughter Zipporah he married, and remained there for 40 years, always thinking of the plan to free his brethren. Moses in the Bible tries to approach but is stopped and urged to remove his shoes. Because he is in a holy place, man must prepare himself for the encounter with God.
All this is a testimony that Moses’ life climbed to the highest peak of perfection. And through everything he did, he wanted to convey the message. That we pass through life to the eternal kingdom as a journey in which we have God as our guide.
God wanted to offer Pharaoh a spiritual awakening. And if you want to learn more about this Awakening, check an article called: How Spiritual Enlightenment appears?
Moses in Egypt
Returning to Egypt with Aaron, Moses in the Bible goes before Pharaoh to ask for the release of the people of Israel. He has two “weapons” against him, resisting deliverance: the word and the staff. When the Egyptian fights, God sent a series of punishments upon him and the Egyptian nation. So Moses used his team to perform miracles designed to soften Pharaoh’s heart. In all ten plagues that fall on Egypt.
The calamities that fell upon the land in which the Jewish people had been enslaved for nearly 400 years by the powerful Pharaohs of the New Kingdom are described in detail in the chapter “The Exit” of the Book of Exodus. In order, the ten plagues are:
- the Nile turned to blood
- invasion of frogs
- the charge of flies and bullocks
- the invasion of lice
- plague of cattle
- the black pox epidemic
- the darkness that lasted three days
- the swarms of locusts
- rain of stone and fire
- and the death of the firstborn
Aaron and Moses in front of Pharaoh
Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Let my people go out of this land, that they may offer me a sacrifice in the wilderness.” Pharaoh answered, “Who is the Lord, that I should hearken to his voice? I will not let the people go,” and commanded the overseers to put the Hebrews to even more strenuous labor.
At God’s command, Moses and Aaron again went to Pharaoh. Aron threw down his staff, and it turned into a snake. Pharaoh summoned his sorcerer’s wand and their charms. They did something similar: each one threw his team on the ground and turned into snakes, but Aron’s staff swallowed up the others. Pharaoh’s heart, however, remained hardened.
Moses in the Bible was a man of Christ who brought the Hebrew people out from under Pharaoh’s bondage by God’s command. The Bible says that he loved God but had a speech impediment, so his brother Aaron helped him in this work. So they complemented each other.
Together with his brother Aaron, they would lead the people of Israel out of Egyptian rule for more than 400 years.
How many times has Moses gone to Pharaoh?
The same actions are repeated eight times:
- Moses says, “Let us go, so shall the plague come upon thee.”
- Pharaoh refuses to accept God’s words
- Moses acts using his staff
- Pharaoh promises to free the Jews
- Moses in the Bible speaks to God, pleading with Pharaoh
- the plague disappears
- Pharaoh withdraws his promise
- God then punishes again
Miracles of Moses
God saw that Moses was ready for the mission destined for him. To perform miracles and to recover God’s people. The Bible also gives us the number of the Jews: five hundred thousand men. And a million five hundred thousand women and children, including the family of Moses.
His strength had been crushed over the years, and he became the most humble and meek man on the face of the earth.
From then on, God was able to speak to Moses in the Bible directly about His will. Thus began the story that is still considered the greatest in human history. In the Exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt, we know that Moses in the Bible performed miracles through a staff. Nowadays, it is called: The staff of Moses.
God tells them that He will send ten plagues on Egypt: the watering of the Nile. Frogs, lice, mosquitoes, death of cattle, boils, rain of fire, and stone. Darkness for three days, end of the firstborn. Following these plagues, the pharaoh’s son dies, and he lets the Jews go.
The water turned to blood.
“Pharaoh’s heart is heavy: he does not want to let the people go. Go to Pharaoh in the morning, when he has to go out to the water; stand in his way on the bank of the Nile, and take in your hand the staff that has become a snake.
And cry to him: The Lord, the God of the Jews, has sent me to you to tell you: Let my people go, that they may minister unto me in the wilderness: and, behold, thou hast not yet obeyed. Thus said the Lord: By this, thou shalt know that I am the Lord: behold, I will strike the water of the Nile with this rod that is in my hand, and it shall be turned into blood; and the fish of the River shall die, and the River shall be unclean, and the Egyptians shall not be able to drink the water of the Nile.” (Exodus 7:14-8)
This first plague attacked one of the Egyptians’ most beloved deities, the Nile, who was revered as Hapi. The Nile was the symbol of life to the Egyptians, as food and water came from this river, which was indeed a divine gift. The miracle of Moses, the plague of blood, lasted seven days when all the fish in the water died.
Pride, the sin of dethroning God, is the worst sin. Somehow, God showed Pharaoh that he was not the one pulling the strings, but Him, God.
Plague of frogs, meaning
The invasion of the frogs also targets a fundamental aspect of the Egyptian mentality, namely the fertility of the people. Because Egypt was home to the Nile delta and many other lakes, there were many frogs there. The frog was taken up in their religiosity as a symbol of fertility. The goddess Heqet, represented by a frog’s head, was considered the protector of childbirth. A frog invasion disrupted the entire religious life of the Egyptians, the frogs being some of the rabid.
Lice plague in the Bible
“But when Pharaoh saw that time was gaining, he hardened his heart and disobeyed them, as the Lord had said. Then the Lord said to Moses: “Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your hand with the rod and strike the trench of the earth, and there will be mosquitoes on the men and the cattle and in all the land of Egypt.'”
Aaron stretched out his hand with his staff. And struck the trench of the earth, and then there were mosquitoes on the men and the cattle. In Egypt, the whole field of the planet became mosquitoes. And the magicians tried with their spells to drive out the mosquitoes, but they were unable, and the mosquitoes were on man and beast” (Exodus 8:15-18).
The third plague, namely the mosquitoes, struck another sacred Egyptian thing. Namely the herds of horned cattle, the bull. The sun between its horns is the symbol of the god Apis. Moses in the Bible strikes Pharaoh’s cattle, considered sacred animals, sending bulls and mosquitoes. Mosquitoes, in particular, were and still are disease-carrying insects, leading to the decimation of those herds.
The fourth plague of Egypt
“And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Get up tomorrow morning and stand before Pharaoh when he is to go out to the water, and say to him: Thus said the Lord: “Let My people go, that they may serve Me in the wilderness. But if you will not let My people go, behold,
I will send bulls upon you, your servants, your people, and your houses; the Egyptians’ homes shall be filled with bulls and the land whereon they live. But that day, I will make the land of Goshen, where my people are, holy, in that there shall be no bulls there, that you may know that I, the Lord, am the Lord of the whole earth. I will distinguish between My people and your people; this sign will be on the planet tomorrow itself.” (Exodus 8:20-23)
After the last two plagues, Pharaoh softens his heart. And allows the people to go into the wilderness to minister to God. However, this change does not last long, as Pharaoh changes his mind.
The fifth plague of Egypt Bible
“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go into Pharaoh and tell him: Thus said the Lord. The God of the Hebrews. Let My people go forth, that they may serve Me. But if thou wilt is not let My people go out, wilt still keeps them. Behold, the hand of the Lord shall be upon thy cattle in the field. And upon horses, and asses, and upon s, and upon. And upon flocks: it shall be a terrible plague. But then, on that day, I will divide the cattle of Israel. From the cattle of the Egyptians: of the cattle of the children of Israel, there shall not one of them die.” (Exodus 9:1-4)
The fifth plague was embodied in the cattle epidemic and these animals’ death. It was a defiance of the goddess Hathor and the god Apis. Both are represented in bovine form. As in the previous plague, God protected the cattle of the Hebrews. At the same time, the Egyptians’ cattle died on their heads.
The death of the cattle can be seen as a sequel to the other two previous plagues. First, they were threatened with the death of the cattle, the insects bringing with them a great danger to the health of the cattle, and now they saw their death directly. The miracle is that none of the Hebrews’ cattle died. Pharaoh sent men to see if the Hebrews were also suffering. When they reported to him that the people of Israel were unaffected, the monarch became even angrier at the Hebrews, not letting them go.
Acute epidemic skin disease
But before God sent the last three plagues, Pharaoh received a special message from him and was thus warned that these plagues would be far more severe than the others and were intended to convince the sovereign and the Egyptians that “There is no one else like me in all the earth.”
Pharaoh was even told that he would be put in that situation so that God would show his power. As an example of his divine grace, God warned Pharaoh to gather his cattle and crops that had escaped previous plagues to shelter them from the coming plagues.
The seventh plague of Egypt- Thunderstorms of hail and fire
Some of Pharaoh’s subordinates heeded the warning, while others did not. The seventh plague, the rain of stone and fire, defied the functions and powers of Nut, goddess of Heaven, Osiris, god of fertility, and Set, the patron deity of storms. The plague was to be a terrible one in its manifestation. This hailstorm was never seen before, for it rained stone and fire that burned all the fields. Again, it seems that the tribes of Israel were protected.
Locusts plague Bible
“Thus said the Lord, the God of the Hebrews; How long wilt thou not humble thyself before me? Let My people go, that they may serve Me. But if you will not let My people go, behold, tomorrow at this hour, I will bring a multitude of locusts into all your borders; they shall cover the face of the earth, and you shall not be able to see your land.
Locusts shall eat up all that is left on the earth, all that is left of your hail; They will eat every tree that grows in the field; they will fill your houses, yours and all your servants’ houses, and all the places in all the land of the Egyptians. Such as your fathers and your fathers’ fathers have not seen since they were on earth to this day. Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt. The lakes shall swarm over the ground and eat all the grass of the earth. And all the fruit of the trees which the hail has left unripe.” (Exodus 10:3-6:12)
What was the ninth plague?
In the ninth plague, the impenetrable darkness was to be a humiliation to Ra, the Egyptian sun god, a god who was symbolized on earth by the very being and presence of the Pharaohs. For three days, the entire land of Egypt was shrouded in deep darkness, with only the houses of the Jews generally lit by the sun.
“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven: darkness shall be in the land of Egypt, a darkness shall you plunge with your hand.” And Moses in the Bible stretched out his hand toward Heaven: and darkness was dark throughout all the land of Egypt, and thick darkness for three days, for man was not seen with man; for three days no one went up from where he was, but with the children of Israel there was light wherever they dwelt.” (Exodus 10:21-23)
Firstborn plague explained
The death of the firstborn of the Egyptian lineage is the last and most painful plague. This wound shatters the future of both the royalty and the family cult of the Egyptians. Pharaoh’s son was also seen as a god and the only worthy successor to his father on the throne. Also, in every family, the firstborn had certain rights. Including being a priest of the house, through which the family cult could be perpetuated.
The death of the firstborn of all Egyptians, from Pharaoh to the lowliest villager, was defiance of Isis. The goddess protector of birth and children. In this plague, it seems God Himself also wanted to teach the Jews a spiritual lesson. That pointed to the birth of Christ.
Unlike the other plagues, the Jews survived by stubbornly clinging to their identity as “God’s people.”
God, therefore, commanded each Jewish family to sacrifice a male lamb. With the sacrificed lamb’s blood, the Jews were to defile their doors, and its flesh would be cooked and eaten during the night. Any family that disobeyed this order would be struck with the plague that struck the Egyptians. And would also end up with the death of their firstborn. God then describes how he will send the angel of death over Egypt. With the command to kill all the firstborns.
Exodus of Egypt
The Israelites left with all their wealth. They also took the prepared and still undressed grain. They also took Joseph’s bones. For four hundred and thirty years, Jacob’s descendants lived in Egypt. In that time, from seventy souls, they multiplied greatly, becoming a people that numbered six hundred thousand fighting men.
This happened because, the Lord struck all the firstborns in Egypt at midnight. From the firstborn of Pharaoh to the firstborn of the prisoner in the dungeon and all the firstborns of the cattle. And there was a great cry throughout all Egypt. Or there was not a house in which there was no dead man. Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron that very night and said to them. “Go away with all your people! Take your sheep and your cattle and bless me!”
Moses split the sea
When they reached the Red Sea, Pharaoh changed his mind and sent his people after Moses. The crowd was unhappy; some said it was better to be in Egypt than to die in the desert, but a sandstorm surrounded the Egyptians. Thus a miracle takes place by the will of God. The Lord commands him to raise his staff to the sea and to split it in two. A hot wind dried up the land, and the Israelites went through the middle of the ocean as on dry land.
Pharaoh chased the Israelites into the middle of the sea. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand to the sea!” Moses in the Bible stretched it out, and the waves of the sea fell into place and covered the chariots and horse riders of Pharaoh’s entire army. None of them escaped. So the Lord delivered Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians.
On their journey to deliverance, the Israelites are guided by a bright cloud in the sky. Symbol of the Holy Spirit, who gives the power to be born again and leads the Israelites to the Promised Land. Where they will receive the Ten Commandments from God through Moses.
The manna from Heaven
Manna was created and sent by God to the Israelites as sustenance because the people could not obtain natural food because of the wilderness. And as a spiritual lesson, teaching them obedience.
This food of the Israelites was a material and bodily bread, created by God, grain-like. Small, like coriander seed, white in taste like honey cake.
If anyone gathered more than was appointed, what was left for the next day would spoil, making worms, but that which God had set to be collected for the day of rest did not make worms but remained as fresh. If anyone went out to pick on Saturday, he would not find any.
Of this bread from Heaven, God commanded Aaron to keep an omer complete before the ark as a testimony to future generations that they might understand what kind of bread he had fed them in the wilderness for forty years.
Moses defeats the Amalekites.
Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rafidim. And Moses in the Bible said to Joshua, Choose you men of courage, and go tomorrow to fight with Amalek. As for me, I will stand on the top of the mountain with the rod of God in my hand.” So Joshua did as Moses had told him and went out to fight with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Or went up to the top of the mountain.
And it came to pass, when Moses lifted his hands, that he overcame Israel; and when he laid down his hands, he overwhelmed Amalek. When Moses’ hands grew heavy, they took a stone and laid it under him, and he sat upon it, and Aaron supported his hands, one on this side and the other on that side; his hands rested on it until the sun went down.
And Joshua smote Amalek and all his people with the sword’s edge. The LORD said to Moses, Write this in a book for a memorial, and tell Joshua that I will blot out the name of Amalek from under Heaven. Moses then raised an altar to the Lord and named it Yahweh-Nissiph, for “with a secret hand the Lord will strike Amalek from generation to generation.”
Jethro and Moses
At dawn, Moses leaves Jethro, taking his wife and two children. At a night halt, he is seized by a terrible evil threatening his life. Sephora realizes she is being punished from above because their second son has not been circumcised. Which she immediately does so they can all continue their journey.
As soon as Moses in the Bible arrives in Egypt, he meets Aaron and the people’s elders. They ask Pharaoh to leave the people to offer sacrifice to the Lord in the wilderness. Disdainful, Pharaoh refuses on the pretext that the Jews are looking for opportunities to cheat.
The ten plagues in Egypt demonstrated to Pharaoh the power of the God of Israel to judge. On the eve of the last plague, the killing of the firstborn. The families of Israel were to slaughter a lamb without blemish and anoint with its blood the doorposts and the upper threshold. So that God would not destroy the firstborn in their homes: the Passover sacrifice to the Lord
Where did God-given Moses the ten commandments?
The ten commandments were given to Moses on Mount Sinai. When he stayed 40 days, we received the two tablets of the ten commandments. God gave these ten commandments to Moses because in the Old Testament, the empire at that time had many gods. And commandments that Moses received to prove. There was only one God to worship, and thank for all the goodness. And praise. The ten commandments were given to Moses on Mount Sinai to spread them to humankind for them to follow them. Thus being part of the “Lord’s flock” demonstrates that there is only one GOD.
What happened to Moses on Mount Sinai?
Moses got the Table of Lawson Sinai Mountain. On the top of the mountain, a few chapels recall the great event with the Tables of the Law. Where Moses in the Bible fasted to be heard by God and to be helped, he received the Tablets of the Law on Mount Sinai.
Mount Sinai is also called “Jebel Musa” or Mount Moses. This is where God gave man his commandments, where Moses received the tablets of the law with the ten commandments of the Old Testament.
Moses sees God face to face.
He saw God for the first time when he went up Mount Sinai, but he only saw the Lord’s back, not his face. Moses and Aaron, Nadab, Abiud, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up into the mountain and saw the place where the God of Israel stood and saw God.
Then Moses went up into the mountain of the Lord, and a cloud covered the mountain, and the glory of the Lord came down on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days, and on the seventh day, the Lord called to Moses in the Bible out of the midst of the cloud.
The face of the glory of the Lord on the top of the mountain was in the eyes of the children of Israel like a consuming fire. Moses in the Bible went up into the hill and entered into the midst of the cloud, and Moses was in the mountain for forty days and forty nights.
And when he came down from the mountain, Moses’ face shone when he spoke with God, and he did not know that his face shone because God had spoken to him. So Aaron and all the sons of Israel, seeing Moses’ face shining, were afraid to come near him.
Moses and the Tent of Meeting
Moses was told to build a Tabernacle after the pattern God had shown him on Mount Sinai. The “Tent of Meeting” occupies an essential place in biblical writings, and the description of its construction and the worship practiced in it has profound spiritual meanings. The tabernacle is called “the house of God.” And sometimes, the Tabernacle is mentioned as the “Holy Place.”
The tabernacle of the congregation
In an old song, it is mentioned about the tabernacle of the congregation, describing the tent of meeting. Telling us to guard our feet when we come into the tent of meeting, is the gate of the living God. It is also the city of immortality. Here in the tent is the gate of Heaven. And it is also the way that leads upward, and here in the tabernacle of the meeting is the King of Kings, and Here reigns Jesus.
In the tabernacle is the holy fountain of grace flowing from the throne of righteousness. Also, here salvation is gained through a gift. Here is the gate of the city.
Here come those in linen garments from the flock of His pasture. The longing bride prepares for the bridegroom in the tabernacle of meeting with God. Here is the Church ready to fly, waiting and longing for the rapture.
The song also mentions that in the tabernacle come those persecuted and cast out, Mocked by the world. And that one in pain and sorrow, into the tent, comes the one who weeps. Into the tent, poor children, orphans, and parents in great pain are expected. Here come the destitute older men, the sick and the desperate, and those seeking healing. Those tormented by unclean demons also come to the meeting tent because it is a bathing place—a fountain of grace.
What was the table of showbread made of?
The bread brought at thanksgiving was made exclusively of wheat flour and water. There are no other additions, not even salt, and the flour is mixed with water, and the dough is baked in the oven.
When offerings were brought to the Tabernacle or the Temple and accompanied by bread, part of these food offerings were burned on the altar. After the sacrifice had passed through the fire, what remained belonged to Aaron and his sons to eat. The priests were the only ones who ate that bread, and the others were forbidden.
High priest garments
In the case of the vestments that the priests had to wear. All garments followed His precise instructions.
- a breastplate
- an ephod
- a mantle
- a tunic worked to the garter
- a miter and a girdle
God spoke directly to Moses in the Bible and told him to use gold, blue, purple, scarlet, and fine-dyed materials. The ephod to make of gold, blue, purple, scarlet thread, and fine twined linen; to be worked with skill. The biretta shall be of the same artistry as the ephod and be fastened to it; it shall be of gold, blue, purple, scarlet thread, and fine twined linen.
And he shall take two onyx stones and carve on them the names of the sons of Israel. Six of their names on one stone, and six on the second stone, after the number of their births. And he shall make golden windows and two chains of pure gold. Thou shalt plant them in the form of cords; and these chains, so plaited, thou shalt put in the windows. Then make the breastplate of the judgment, worked with skill. Into it, thou shalt weave a fourfold weave of stones: sardonyx, a topaz, and an emerald in the first row.
What does Sabbath mean?
The Sabbath was considered an important institution in the religion of the Jewish people, like circumcision. Therefore the words or deeds of Jesus that seemed to challenge this regulation immediately had a strong echo in the society of the time. To speak also about the New Testament, the authorities closely watched Jesus’ Sabbath behavior and that of his disciples. In the course of growing and intense controversy, first in Galilee and then in Jerusalem, Jesus had to justify his interpretation of the Sabbath. (You may want to know more details about Jesus’ attitude about Sabbath by accessing the link.)
This also explains why we find a significant proportion of words about the Sabbath or miracles performed on this day in the Gospels. The Saviour Jesus Christ is placed in the natural situation of having to put Himself about the rabbinical interpretation and explain to His hearers why God established the Sabbath.
The conflict between Moses and God
Moses in the Bible had to continually confront the stubbornness and faithlessness of the people until he began to doubt God, for which he was tragically punished, even though he was a humble man. But he was not allowed to enter the promised land because he did not believe in God when commanded to strike the rock to draw water for the thirsty and disappointed people.
But he continued to lead his people through the desert to the steppe of Moab. Where they camped on the threshold of the promised land, near the Jordan, before the city of Jericho. Here, Moses repeated the law to the Israelites once more. And he was urging them to keep their covenant with God. After appointing his faithful minister Joshua as his successor. Moses ascended Mount Nebo, from the top of which the Lord. As a final gift, showed him the Promised Land.
The new commandments
God’s decision to resolve the conflict by forgiving the people is materialized by the renewal of the covenant and the new commandments. Thus God’s plan with the people of Israel, with the building of the tabernacle and the presence in their midst, can continue.
The new commandments became just 10. The Ten Commandments were part of the Mosaic Law, which contained over 600 commandments and represented the terms of an agreement or covenant God made with ancient Israel. Following the covenant, God said that the Israelites would be blessed if the Mosaic Law was kept.
How did Moses die?
Moses died of natural causes. Moses in the Bible went up to Nebo. From there, God showed him the land again and said, “Here is the land for which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying: I will give it to your seed. I have permitted you to see it with your own eyes, but you shall not enter it.”
He attained the highest possible perfection, being called a friend of God by God Himself. When he saw that he had better be lost with all if he could not persuade God to forgive those who had sinned, he stayed the wrath turned on the Jews, thus causing God to defer His judgment so as not to grieve His friend.
And Moses, the servant of God, died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord. He was buried in the valley, in the land of Moab, in front of Beth-Peor, but no one knows his grave to this day.
And Moses was 120 years old when he died, but his sight had not failed, and his strength was not weakened.
- Moses in the Bible was of such rare beauty and keen mind. That Pharaoh’s daughter thought he would be his heir to the throne.
- By faith, Moses, when he became great. Chose rather suffer from God’s people than have the one moment’s pleasure of sin
- He’s traditionally credited with writing the Torah
I hope you enjoyed reading our article and I wish you experience a perfect day! If you want to find out more about your knowledge about Moses, you can access the link on Moses’ name to play a Bible Quiz.