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Moses, A Prophet of God

Updated on December 12, 2008

Moses is a great example to follow as we journey through this life.

Moses, the prophet of God, became an instrument in the Lord's hands in showing the world, then and now, the power by which all mankind may be redeemed or "saved."

His dealings with the Children of Israel can be used as an example, for us to follow today, as we journey through the wilderness or this life, and useful for instruction in guiding us to our land of Promise or the life to come. His example testifies of Jesus Christ.

Joseph, Son of Jacob

Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers
Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers

The Children of Israel, who they are and how they came to be in bondage to Pharaoh in Egypt.

In order to understand who the Children of Israel are we must begin with Jacob, the son of Isaac, who was the son of Abraham. Jacob became known as Israel, as a result of the Lord giving him that new name. These three prophets, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, are commonly referred to as "the three patriarchs", or sometimes "the fathers" of the Old Testament.

Jacob, aka Israel, had twelve sons which formed the "twelve tribes" that make up the group known as "the children of Israel." Ten of Jacob's sons conspired against their younger brother Joseph, who they thought desired to be a ruler over them, and because of their jealousy sold him into slavery. They then fabricated a story and told their father "his favorite son" had died. They thought that Joseph was completely out of the picture, but thankfully for them, they couldn't have been more wrong.

After being sold into Egypt, being blessed by the hand of the Lord, Joseph rose in position and stature and became Pharaoh's second in command. Joseph's story, like the one of Moses, also illustrates the doctrine of salvation, in that he "saved" his entire family from starvation and eventual death. He listened to the Lord, obeyed His word, and became prepared for the years of famine which were soon to be felt throughout the land

Joseph becomes a ruler in Egypt.
Joseph becomes a ruler in Egypt.

Joseph brings his family to Egypt for protection and food.

After years of separation from his family, Joseph who was in a position to offer life sustaining food, became reunited with his brothers, and eventually his father, as they sought his help while he was in Egypt. This is actually how Israel and his family end up journeying to and living in Egypt in the first place. They were invited, protected, and became very prosperous in the land; however, a little over 400 years later they find that Egypt was no longer a desirable place to be.

Those who are obedient are blessed by the Lord.

The children of Israel prospered in the land of Egypt because they were "favored", or blessed through the "covenant", which was made with their Father Abraham. The "Abrahamic Covenant" promised them great blessings in return for their show of obedience to God.

This prosperity and growth however, presented a problem for the new Pharaoh "who knew not Joseph", for times had changed. This king of Egypt did not know, or remember, the act of salvation the Lord had provided through Joseph, for his Egyptian people, in providing life sustaining food during the famine that was throughout the land.

In his dilemma, the King consulted his staff of advisors, A suggestion was made to have all the male children who would be born to the Hebrews (which is now another name the children of Israel are known by) killed, as a measure of population control.

Moses became the living "Ark of the Covenant."

In an attempt to save their newborn male child, "a man of the house of Levi, who married a daughter of the house of Levi" constructed an "ark", placed their baby who was Moses inside, and put it in the Nile River to escape death.

Notice the description that is given at this point of the parents of Moses. We are not told their names as yet, but are given their tribal lineage as being from the tribe of Levi. The "tribe of Levi" was the tribe, who upon receiving their patriarchal blessing from their father Jacob, was blessed with the "authority" or "priesthood" rights in administering the ordinances of the Lord.

This distinction is made so clearly to provide us with assurance that Moses is a "lineal heir" to that priesthood right, just as John the Baptist was (oops, that's another Hub.) When Moses is placed in that reed basket or "ark", he becomes the living "covenant" in the ark, or the "Ark of the Covenant", as was Noah generations before.

How did the Egyptians know baby Moses was a "Hebrew"?

It is significant to note, that Moses was kept hidden and raised by his natural mother until he was "three months" old. This little bit of information actually tells us quite a bit. If you were a male, at this point in history, to enter into the commitment and attached blessings that were established by the Lord regarding the Abrahamic Covenant, the token of circumcision was a requirement. This ceremonial act or ordinance was performed when the child was eight days old.

As the maid of the daughter of Pharaoh, pulled Moses from the river as a babe, she exclaimed, "This is one of the Hebrews children", I guess she could tell right away.

Did Moses himself, know who he was and what he was to do?

Moses knew he was different from the Egyptians, for it is recorded that when he was grown, "that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and spied an Egyptian smiting a Hebrew, one of his brethren." The scriptures teach that he knew the Hebrews were his people.

This incident becomes a major turning point in the life of Moses. As he witnessed this display of injustice toward one his brethren, he desired to "save" him from his plight. Interfering with the fight that ensued between the two nations, he killed the Egyptian and buried him in the sand; this is his first public statement of loyalty to the Hebrews.

One of the problems with this display of "salvation" shown by "killing the Egyptian" is that it is done solely by the "hand of Moses"; however, this is not the Lord's plan. The Children of Israel will be delivered through Moses, but by the "hand of the Lord." Ultimately, this is the process that is taught to Moses, his people, and to us, through the account that is recorded in Exodus.

The Classic- The Ten Commandments

There is only one name by which salvation comes.

It was not long after this event that Moses received his call to serve, directly from the Lord. This is done in an experience that occurred at the "Mountain of God", or Horeb. He learned first hand that he is a son of God, and that God had a work for him to do.

We too, can learn first hand who we are, and that we have a work to do. By following the same pattern Moses did of looking to find, asking to know, listening for the answer, following in obedience, and submitting our will, we can know for ourselves. Thus, this great prophet teaches us by his example, how we also, can obtain salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ.

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      Rob Jundt 9 years ago from Midwest USA

      My friend, you have dutifully explained the significance of Moses. Your insight on the ark of moses (the basket) I had never heard before. Great! You have written a lot with a few words but it is all true and inspiring. Thanks again for another well written hub. Peace!

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Good Morning Rob

      I hope you had a wonderful Easter. I love the prophet Moses, and so I have decided to simply write about him. I realize that there is a ton of history with this Hub, but wanted to make sure that it was understood how the Children of Israel got into Egypt in the first place... hence, a ton of info in a small space. I hope it is not too overwhelming. I have already written a couple more Hubs about Moses, but didn't dare post them all at once. Too much to digest I think. so watch for more about Moses to come. :) Your comments are always so kind, thank you for visiting. Have a great day!

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      Mike Jones 9 years ago from Utah

      You just have got to love these hubs. Thank you for your insight, especially about the ark. Interesting!! Good hub, good work. Always looking forward to your next hub. Mike

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Hi Mike

      Thank you for your comments. I do love Hubpages. I have learned so much from reading the insights posted here. I am glad you enjoyed the insights about the "ark", I hope it provokes more pondering and prayer from all of us. I think I would like to write next about the fact the the Hebrews knew who Moses was... soon to come. Thanks for visiting. I also read your Hub on the "Beast" last night and loved it. Keep writing!

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      Angela Harris 9 years ago from Around the USA

      Such an excellent hub. I gave it a thumbs up. Thank you!

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      Zenos 9 years ago

      Fascinating

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      PenmanZee 9 years ago

      Written with authority as usual. Looking out for the John the Baptist hub, DogHse.

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Angela

      Thank you for your kind remarks, and for the positive feedback. I am glad that you enjoyed these perspectives on a great Prophet of God.

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Zenos

      I am glad you found it fascinating...? Thanks for your comment.

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Penman

      Thank you my friend for your comments. My fascination with Moses is consuming right now, so you might have to wait for a little while for the HUB on John. lol I am working on another one that will deal with Moses, watch for that to come. As always I welcome your comments and insights.

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      Rudra 9 years ago

      Great information here. Very well done.

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Rudra

      Thank you for visiting and reading. Also your comment is appreciated with humble gratitude. :)

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      Lucky Dog 9 years ago

      Good Job!

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Lucky Dog

      Thanks for reading. I glad you liked it.

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      Sarfraz William  9 years ago

      Mosos is the great man of God and leader , i love his fellowship with God,

      and his abilities to lead the nations .

      love and prayers from pakistan.

      sarfraz william

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Sarfraz William,

      I have to agree, Moses did have a wonderful relationship with God. It was unusual in the way he dared address him and talk with him, almost casual. I happen to love that about this great prophet.

      He was also as you say a great leader of nations. I love to study the Old Testament to see his leadership skills in action.

      Thank you for your comments and your love and prayers my friend.

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      Mormon Soprano 8 years ago

      I love this page! You have included wonderful photos and movie clips as well as good points to ponder.

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      Kathryn Skaggs 8 years ago from Southern California

      I love your insights on the prophet Moses.

      tDMg

      LdsNana-AskMormon

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      In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California

      Mormon Soprano,

      Thanks for your support. I absolutely love the prophet Moses. He was an incredible man of God, and that makes him easy to write about!

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      DR.B. Ahmed 8 years ago

      Dear Friends: As A Muslim we love all Prophets from Holy Prophet Adam to Holy Prophet Abraham His First Son Holy Ishmael Whom ALMIGHTY GOD asked to be sacrificed as a trial & From Whose family Holy Mohammed came as a blessing to mankind. Islam is not a new Religion all people who believed in oneALMIGHTY GOD who is all alone has no partner & created the vast universe are all live within the umbrella of Islam.Brama Samaj of India took Islamic Principle & worship only one ALMIGHTY GOD.Hindu Vedh contain the name of HOLY Prophet Mohammed so did the original Bible until HIS name was removed by selfish priests who write Bible in their own hands & say its from GOD.All Original scriptures: Tora, Jobur Bible & Holy Quran are the words of ALMIGHTY GOD all except Holy Quran changed by men's hand. Holy Jesus wasnot crucified But it was his enemy JUDA whose face turned in to the appearance of HOLY Jesus & Juda was crucified.Read the true Gospel of Barnabas & you will know why Roman & jews wanted to crucify Holy Jesus. Because jesus told them about the advent of HOLY Mohammed as a future comforter.Holy Jesus was bodily taken away as was Holy Enoch who did not die in the world.Holy Jesus will come again & rule the world & establish same Islam ReligionUnder one ALMIGHTY GOD.Please watch Peace TV in UK 820 channel if you want to know more.Thank you

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      In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California

      Dr. Ahmed,

      Interesting perspective on the life of Moses. Thank you for sharing your views as well. Yes, even Christians, and Muslims revere Moses as a Holy Prophet of God. One day we will know all truth and that from which all truth springs. Peace.

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      White Horse 8 years ago

      In chapter 15 of revelations it mentions the song of moses. This is what I found in my research.

      The song of moses was written as a witness or testimony toward the inevitable rebellion of the jews against God and the consequences thereof. "For the Lord shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants. When he sees there are none shut up or left and he shall say, where are their gods, their rock in whom they trusted, which did eat the fat of their sacrifices and drank the wine of their drink offerings. Let them rise up and help you, and be your protection. See now that I, even I am he, and there is no god with me.

      I'm alpha and omega.

      The 2300 days of Daniel led me to July 4th, 2006. That's the day I thought something would happen, and it did. I saw the night sky mingled with fireworks and North Korea shot seven missles into the Japan sea.

      15:1And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. 15:2And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

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      issues veritas 8 years ago

      Did you think that Moses successfully completed his assignment?

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 7 years ago from United States

      Today I have to teach a lesson on Moses, and the Israelites. I will be telling the story of the golden calf. So I wanted to read some history for my own benefit. Thank you for such an informative hub. I had not made the connections quite so clearly before, despite being familiar with everything you said. That was really helpful for my own knowledge. Thank you.

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Moses, the prophet of God, became an instrument in the Lord's hands as you are In The Doghouse! Wonderful hub I must say!!! YES Blessings my friend. When you get a chance, come visit me!

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      Pastor_Walt 7 years ago from Jefferson City, Tennessee

      Great and inspiring hub! Moses is one of my favored example!

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      djbraman 7 years ago

      This is a beautiful hub, and so rich with story telling of a great prophet that gave his life to be obedient and to give us God's laws which show us what righteousness is. You might like my hub 'Commandments, the finger of God' I'm glad I dropped in to hear your words. God bless!

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      Mrahmassage 6 years ago

      Great and inspiring hub! Moses is one of my favored example!

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      valerie miller 6 years ago

      Beautiful hub..

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      Fauzia Andreas 6 years ago

      Peace up on you Prophets Moses Amen,

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      Hanan Musad 5 years ago

      I am looking the best prophet Moses Image picture, by the by I visit this side, I saw two times him so I am looking his real picture, I saw one of his, thanks all.

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      Newton f. Manjanja 5 years ago

      The Bible is trully a living word of GOD who can diny that??

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      ahbless 5 years ago

      Mosses being a living covenant is a very good analagy, but he still had to carry out God's will of delivering God's message to Israelites and Pharoah and he was only able to do that because he spent time talking and listening to God which is prayer and strengthened him. We must also spend time in prayer with God to be strengthened to deal with life without living in constant unrepentant sin against God.

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      E J Beck 5 years ago

      Never has there been since a prophet like Moses in Israel. 120 years of age when his God buried him. He did not get to enter the promise land; but he knew his Lord face to face.

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      Anthony Isaac Wells 3 years ago

      Moses was not a Prophet . Moses was made like a god and Aaaron was the Prophet of the Almighty. Ex. 7: Then the Almighty said unto Moses , See, I have made you like a god t0 Pharoah, and your brother Aaron will be your Prophet. This verse clearly states that Moses was made like a god and ,also that Aaron would be a Prophet to Moses.

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      Atul 2 years ago

      Great lesson. It's a soeirus lesson that a lot of brothers are going through or been through. Strange however when I listened to you the thought came to me from a previous camp episode that the elders brought out the saying the scripture is like your women. So in essence it makes sense that Yahawashi would have to talk to them in the temporal when he was also taking about being married to the Word. Pretty simple. I've never thought about the scripture in this way before but it make sense that the Father would cleave a mate to us while we are on this world. Hollowood tried to show a backwards rendition of this in the movie Golden Compass or if your in to martial arts they always talk about that animal spirit eagle, hawk, bear that cleaves.

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      Gregory Jones 2 years ago from IL

      I liked this hub. I gave it two thumbs up. Thank you!

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