Moses Is One of the Term Paper
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- Subject: Mythology - Religion
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However, Pharaoh's heart was heartened and he refused. Because of this, Aaron was instructed to lay down the rod in front of the Pharaoh and it became a snake. The pharaoh then ordered his sorcerers to throw down their rods and they also became snakes but Aarons snake ate the other snakes and the Pharaoh's heart was hardened and he would not release the children of Israel. Then the Lord turn to River into blood and there was no water for seven days.
Pharaoh's heart continued to be hardened and several other plagues followed. According to the Old Testament these plagues included frogs, flies, lice, the death of cattle, boils, hail, locust, the plague of darkness. Finally, the Lord killed the entire first born of Egypt. He instructed the people of Israel to cover their doors with the sacrificial blood of a lamb so that death would pass over them. The bible asserts that on that night, one child died in every Egyptian household. The Pharaoh was dismayed by this and he told Moses to take the Hebrews out from among his people. As the Lord had instructed him, Moses told the Hebrew people to borrow from the Egyptians gold silver and raiment. Six thousand Israelites left Egypt with Moses and traveled into the land of Succoth. The Lord established Passover to commemorate God bringing the Hebrew people out of Israel.
However, the Pharaoh again hardened his heart and decided to go after the Israelites. The Israelites saw that the Pharaoh and the Egyptian Army was after them and they took up their camps and attempted to escape the Egyptians. However, the children of Israel came upon the Red Sea, which was too deep to cross. Therefore, the Lord instructed Moses to stretch his hand over the sea, the waters were parted, and the people of Israel walked through the Red Sea. When the waters receded the Pharaoh, his armies were swallowed up, and Israel was astonished at the work of the Lord and worshipped him.
It is written in the Old Testament that after these things had taken place, the people of Israel were traveling through the wilderness without any water and they began to complain against the Lord. When they found water, it was bitter, so the Lord instructed Moses to put a tree into the water and the water became sweet. Moses then instructed to people to obey the Lord's statutes so that they would not suffer from the diseases that the Egyptians suffered from. After the Lord had done great things for the Israelites, they began to complain that there was no food, so the Lord sent quails and manna from heaven. Moses instructed the people only to take the amount of food they needed each day. Some of the people let the manna, quails sit in the sun, and it began to rot a put forth an odor. In addition, after awhile the people became greedy and began to exploit the food that God had given to them. God then instructed Moses to tell the people of Israel to gather only the food for six days and to rest on the seventh day but they disobeyed and this angered God.
After three months of traveling out of the land of Egypt, the Hebrew people came to the wilderness of Sinai. There the lord instructed Moses and gave him the Ten Commandments to give to his people.
Moses was once again setting into motion the statutes or laws (the Torah) that would become known as the Jewish faith. According to Freedman, Kung, and Mcclymond (2001),
The unique status of Moses in the development of Judaism is encapsulated at the beginning of the talmudic tractate Avot: "Moses received the Torah at Sinai and transmitted it to Joshua, Joshua to the Elders, and the Elders to the Prophets, and the Prophets to the men of the Great Synagogue." In this passage the compiler of this beloved collection of pithy rabbinic sayings is attempting to establish an unbroken line of authority from Moses, the beginning of the unbroken chain of Jewish tradition, down to the time of his own spiritual progenitors. The figure of Moses serves, hence, as the ultimate authority to whom recourse is made in establishing one's own Jewish credentials. Not only was Moses the instrument through whom the divine laws were revealed, and not only did he liberate his people from bondage, but as his biblical epitaph makes clear, "Never again did there arise in Israel a prophet like Moses -- whom YHWH www.questia.com/PM.qst?action=getPage&docId=102109095&offset=1" 8. singled out, face-to-face" (Deut. 34:10). "
For many years, Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt. During this time, the people of God complained a great deal and Moses was often frustrated with the people. This frustration led him to disobey God and he did not inherit the land flowing with milk and honey because of his disobedience. In fact none of the older people inherited the land accept for Joshua and Caleb because they had a different spirit and they were not afraid to fight against the giants in the Land (the Canaanites).
Moses Impact on Christianity
The Law of Moses later became a central component of Christianity. It is said in the New Testament the Jesus came to fulfill the law and He did. Jesus accomplishes this by remaining sinless. By obeying God, Moses prepared the way for Jesus. Moses law is mentioned in the New Testament by Luke in both Acts and Luke. In Acts Paul attempts to compel the people to follow Jesus by "expounding and testifying the kingdom of God, both out of the law of Moses and out of the prophets, from morning till evening (Acts 28:23)." Furthermore in Luke 24:44 Jesus says "These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all these things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me (Luke 24:44)."
So then, we see that Moses acted as a bridge between the Old testament and the New testament fulfillment of Christ. In the New Testament Jesus even refers to himself as I AM, just as the angel of the Lord did in the Old testament. Again Moses life and his role as a prophet laid the foundation for the coming of Christ. Most scholars agree the Moses wrote the first five books of the bible. The books are essential for both Judaism and the New Testament. Moses acted as a bridge between the 400-year silence of God that took place between the old and New Testament. He also bridged the gap between the Old Covenant and the new covenant, which was created with the death of Christ. His obedience ensured that the people of God would one day accept Christ as Savior.
The purpose of this discussion is to focus on the life of Moses. We will discuss the circumstances surrounding his birth and upbringing. The discussion will also focus on how Moses guided the children of Israel. Finally, we will discuss the correlation between Moses life and New Testament Faith. The discussion found that Moses was a man born into very volatile circumstances but the Lord kept him alive to deliver the children of Israel out of bondage, Moses then led the people for many years and taught them the ways of God through the law that God entrusted him with. Moses obedience to God laid the foundation of Judaism and the faith that would become known as Christianity.
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