Sample Religious Paper Exodus

Exodus

The people of Israel had stayed in Egypt for a very long time, much more than they had expected because the land was healthy and had been a source of blessing. They lived in Goshen and were a part of the society in Egypt but were permitted to worship the Lord. The Pharaoh had favored Joseph due to the role he played in saving Egypt from famine and had allowed seventy Israelites to settle in Egypt. However, the ruler died, and a new leader started to rule the monarchy. This Pharaoh felt that the Israelites were reproducing at a very fast rate, and this would expose him to the risk of being overthrown. He, therefore, enslaved the Israelites and gave orders that no male Hebrew child should be allowed to live (Bible Gateway 1). God set out a plan for liberating the Israelites from such bondage by saving the life of Moses and ensuring he led the Israelites out of Israel and into the Canaan.

Moses was born during the time of hate and cruelty directed to the Israelites that is at approximately 1500BC. His mother, Jechobed, was so happy with the boy and felt that he was lovely enough to be spared from the killing that was going on. She focused on hiding him away from the enemy and when she could no longer hide him successfully, she forged a scheme that would save Moses’ life. She built a box out of papyrus and concealed it with a rainproof material. She then placed this ark on river Nile and let it flow downwards to where the pharaoh’s daughter occasionally took a bath. When the princess saw the ark, she commanded that it be fetched for her and when it was unlocked she saw a juvenile who started crying to be taken up. The daughter was compassionate and immediately realized that this was a Hebrew child who was meant to die. She felt that this boy did not deserve this and decided to take in the child within her care. Just then, a small girl, Miriam, ran into the scene requesting Pharaohs daughter to allow her look for a suitable Hebrew women to take care of the Child. Miriam brought in Jechobed, who gladly took up the responsibility of taking care of this infant without the fear of victimization since she now had the protection of the monarchy (Marshall 1).

When the juvenile was old enough, the daughter of Pharaoh took him in into the fortress. She named him Moses, a word that meant draw out since she had drawn him out of the river. By God’s intervention, a child of a Hebrew slave had been found and adopted by an Egyptian princess and raised in the royal courts of the monarchy as a prince. Moses was given education in a civilization that had not been surpassed by any other during that time. The teaching he passed through was meant to train him for high office. The Lord ensured that as much as Moses attained the knowledge of leadership from the Egyptians, he had been founded in the faith of his father due to the exposure he got by interacting with his mother at a tender age. Moses was schooled in literary ideas during that time and could observe how justice was administered within the monarch.

Moses knew that he was a Hebrew and had been occasionally told that he was to rescue his people from bondage. Whenever he walked around the kingdom, he would get compassionate on his people especially when he saw how they were flocked and forced to tend to their duties. Moses loved his people even though they were poor and held in bondage in a foreign country. He valued them because they served the Lord while the population of Egypt worshiped idols. Moses felt a call from God to upheave the Israelites but was unable to do so because the Hebrews would not let him rule them. At 40 years, Moses watched an Egyptian mercilessly beat a Hebrew slave. He could not contain his anger and engaged the taskmaster in violent confrontation thereby killing him. He buried him in the sand but was scared since the information had gotten to the Pharaoh, who was dismayed by this action. Moses quickly took off to Midian to escape the rage of the monarch (Bible History Online 1).

Moses had walked extensively in the desert and decided to take a rest near a well where shepherds could occasionally fetch water. He saw some young ladies come to fetch water for their sheep. However, they did not receive a warm reception but were rather driven away by some men who took the water for their flocks. Moses assisted these ladies and was later on introduced to their father Jethro who agreed to a marriage arrangement with one of his daughters, Zipporah. Together they had a son and lived quite well while the Israelites continued to suffer in the bondage. The Lord had heard their groans and recollected the agreement he made with Abraham and was more concerned about liberating them.

When Moses was going about his daily chores of attention to the herd, he came to Horeb and saw a scorching shrub that did not scorch up. When he moved toward the bush, Yahweh called out to him and requested him to get rid of his sandals since the place was holy. The Lord informed Moses who he was and acknowledged that he had understood the suffering of his people. He was to go and unshackle them from bondage and guide them into Canaan. However, Moses was skeptical and sighted that he was no one to provide leadership to the Israelites, and furthermore they would not trust him. The Lord performed two signs, which were turning Moses’ staff into a snake and infecting his hand with leprosy then healing it. Moses was still hesitant and said that he is not eloquent, but God asserted that Aaron, his brother would help him out. The Lord informed Moses that his enemies had died, and it was now safe to go back. He informed Jethro about these events and together with his family left for Egypt.

When both Moses and Aaron arrived in Egypt, they met all the elders of the Hebrews and informed them about their mission. Moses executed the signs the Lord had asked him to and when they heard the Lord was troubled about their suffering they hunched down and worshipped him. Moses and Aaron then went to the pharaoh and informed him that the Lord wanted the Israelites to be set free so that they can hold a festival for him in the wilderness. Pharaoh was angered and refused the request and instead doubled the work for the Israelites. The Hebrew was infuriated and blamed Moses for making things worse for them. God commanded the duo to go back to Pharaoh and perform a miracle to show that he is Lord. Aaron hurled his staff down, and it spun into a snake that swallowed the snakes of the sorcerers of Egypt (Bible Gateway 1). However, Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he refused to let the Israelites leave.

Since Pharaoh had refused to set the Israelites free, God unleashed his wrath on Egypt by the means of plagues that manifested in different forms. The first plague was that of blood where water of the Nile was turned into blood. The second was the plague of frogs, but the sorcerers of Egypt could do the same thing, so Pharaoh’s heart hardened. The third and fourth plagues were those of gnats and flies but still Pharaoh refused. The fifth plague was that of livestock where every livestock of Egyptians died while those of Israelites were spared. This was followed by the plague of boils and the plague of hail respectively, but Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he refused. The eighth and ninth plagues were those of locusts and darkness, but Pharaoh was steadfast and adamant in not letting Israelites leave. It took the tenth plague of deaths of first bones for Pharaoh to soften up and let the Israelites leave.

The Lord instructed Moses that the day had to be commemorated by Israelites as the day they were set free from bondage. They were to celebrate the Passover by taking unleavened bread and marking their doors with blood. It was a day to be remembered as the day the Lord killed the firstborns of Egyptians and spared their own. The Egyptians wailed, and Pharaoh quickly asked Moses together with his people to leave before more harm came to them. However, after some time the Pharaoh changed his mind and followed the Israelites in a bid to capture them back. The Lord performed another miracle by dividing the red sea for Israelites to cross and making the water flow back to drown the Pharaoh and his army (Bible Gateway 1). When the Israelites saw this, they put their faith and trust in the Lord and matched forward as men who had been liberated.

Works Cited

Bible Gateway. Exodus 1-13. 2015. 14 September 2015. <https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus%2012&version=NIV>.

Bible History Online. The Story of Moses and the Exodus from Egypt. 2015. Website. 14 September 2015. <http://www.bible-history.com/old-testament/moses.html>.

Marshall, Logan. The Story of Moses, the Child who was Found in the River The Wonder Book of Bible Stories. 2004. 14 September 2015. <http://biblehub.com/library/marshall/the_wonder_book_of_bible_stories/the_story_of_moses_the.htm>.