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In today’s Christain Religious Studies class, We will be learning about Moses Leading the Israelites. We hope you enjoy the class!
The leading of Israelites by Moses
Moses equipped to lead the Israelites out of Egypt (Ex. 4:1-17)
In keeping Moses for the task of leading the Israelites out of Egypt, God showed him some signs in order to convince him and the Israelites that he sent him, the signs are:
- the rod of Moses that he held turned to a serpent, it became a rod again when Moses took it by the tail as God told him to.
- when Moses put his hand in his bosom as God told him, it became leprous. when he put it back as God told him, it was restored.
- The third sign of Moses was to take water from the Nile, poured it on the ground and it will turn to blood. God said the third sign was necessary in case they do not believe the first two signs.
Moses after all this complained to God that he was a man of slow speech, a stammerer who is not eloquent in speech. But God told him to take Aaron, his brother to speak for him. God said Aaron shall be Moses’ mouthpiece while Moses will be to Aaron as God.
Moses went back home and told his father-in-law that he wants to go back to Egypt and see to the welfare of his people, Jethro told him to go on for those who seek after his life were dead. Moses took his wife and sons and set out for Egypt. Graciously, the Lord had spoken to Aaron. The Lord told him to go into the wilderness and meet Moses his brother, he did so and met him at the mountain of God. He greeted Moses then Moses told Aaron all that the Lord had told him. The two of them got the elders of Israel in a place and they spoke the words God has spoken to Moses to them. All of them believed and worshipped God.
At a later time, Moses and Aaron went to Pharoah and told him the God of Israel wants his people to come and hold a feast for him in the wilderness. Moses said who is God that I should hear his voice. Pharaoh refused to grant their request and also increased the burden of the Israelites.
The feast of Passover (Ex. 12:1-13)
God called Moses and instructed him how the Israelites would observe the Passover. After it had been observed the Lord would pass through the land of Egypt any house or door post where there was no blood of the stained Passover lamb sprinkled on it all the firstborn in those houses would be killed. This is the experience the Egyptians had, from the firstborn of the pharaoh to that of the prisoner and all the cattle the Lord killed them on the night of the Passover. There was a great cry in the land of Egypt, the Egyptians were afraid of the Israelites because of this so they wanted them to leave their land. Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron on the night of Passover and ordered them to call all the Israelites and leave the land of Egypt.
The exodus out of Egypt (Ex. 12:31-48, 14:15-19)
When Pharaoh realized what he had done, that the Israelites had gone out of Egypt. He thought in his mind to pursue and bring them back to Egypt. Pharaoh changed his mind again and decided to pursue them so as to bring them back to Egypt. As soon as the Israelites saw the children of Egypt just approaching them. They murmured at Moses but he assured them that God will deliver them, “stand firm and see the Deliverance of the Lord” he told them.
That rescue plan for the Israelites
Despite the seemingly unpleasant situation that the Israelites had found themselves in, God had a rescue plan for them.
- God moved the Angel that went before them and the clouds that were ahead of them to come back forming a barricade between them and the Egyptians.
- God ordered Moses to lift the road in his hand up and stretch it over the sea causing a strong east wind to separate the sea, and the people were able to pass on dry ground with walls of water on their sides.
- The wheels of the Egyptian chariots were clocked by God so that it became impossible for them to drive with speed and get close to the Hebrews who moved faster and crossed over the red sea on time.
- God instructed Moses to stretch his hand over the sea again this brought back the separated water of the sea upon the Egyptians and to their chariots such that all of them were drowned in the red sea
Moses: his leadership qualities
- Faithfulness: Moses was a man who believed totally in his God even in the face of danger he kept his faith in God.
- Intercessor: he was a great intercessor who was always pleading for the people with God, they showed unfaithfulness to God even in the time of the plagues Moses pleaded to God on behalf of Pharaoh.
- Endurance: Moses showed great endurance as he still accommodated the people when they said bad things to him rather than do anything against them, he encouraged them
- Patriotism: Moses completely loved Israel. The killing of an Egyptian who fought an Israelites showed this perhaps God had chosen him to lead Israel because of his patriotism.
- Courage: the courage of Moses was always there; the evil reports the 10 spies brought did not scare him about the promised land he kept faith in God and overcame all enemy nations that attacked them.
- Explain briefly what led to the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt.
- What is the significance of the Passover to the children of Israel?
List and explain five qualities of Moses as a leader.
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