Let My People Go Part 1

Kingwell By Kingwell, 25th Jul 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1_pbt18s/
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This is the first part of a new series based on the Biblical book of Exodus.

Persecution

The children of Israel have been in Egypt for many years now. Jacob and his sons and all that generation have died and of course, Joseph and his greatness have been forgotten. The pharaoh who is now on the throne knows nothing of the man who saw Egypt through the seven years of famine. He does see however, that the Hebrew’s have very big families and that they are now a force to be reckoned with. “Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.” Exodus 1: 10. In the time of Joseph, Jacob and his family had been welcomed into Egypt because of the high regard in which Joseph was help by pharaoh. They were given the best of everything and left alone to live out their lives in peace – but that was a long time ago. Now they have become slaves to the Egyptians, yet despite the hardships their numbers continue to grow. It isn’t that pharaoh doesn’t want them as slaves, but he wants a small manageable group not an unrestrained horde. He even tries to get the midwives in on the act by ordering them to kill all the male babies but they disobey the king and so the numbers continued to grow. Finally in desperation pharaoh orders his people to destroy all male Hebrew children by throwing them into the river, only the females must be allowed to live.

Birth of Moses

Amidst all this turmoil, a man and woman of the tribe of Levi give birth to a baby boy and he must have been a very quiet baby because his mother manages to hide him for three months! Finally however, she can shelter him no longer and comes up with a plan. She quickly makes a basket of bulrushes seals it with pitch, and placing her baby boy in it, she lays it by the river’s edge. She then calls her daughter, the baby’s sister, to watch and see what happens. The mother probably has little hope that her baby can be saved but lo and behold who should come down to the river but pharaoh’s daughter with her entourage of handmaidens! Seeing the basket, the princess asks that it be brought to her. Imagine her surprise to see this little baby boy probably sleeping peacefully after being rocked by the waves of the Nile! It seems that a baby is just that, a baby, and no doubt very cute regardless of whether it’s Hebrew or Egyptian. As pharaoh’s daughter surveys the situation, her heart melts at the sight before her. She realizes that this has to be one of the Hebrew children but almost before she has time to think about it the baby’s sister appears asking if she should find a Hebrew woman to nurse the child for her. When the princess answers in the affirmative, the child runs and fetches the baby’s mother. “And pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, take the child away and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child and nursed it. And the child grew, and she brought him unto pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, because I drew him out of the water”. Exodus 2: 9-10.

Moses Flees Egypt

Even though Moses is raised in the palace as the princess’s son, he must know that he is a Hebrew because we are told that when he is grown he goes out to check on his people and to see the just how great their hardship is. While there he sees an Egyptian abusing a Hebrew, one of his brethren. After making sure that no one is looking, he kills the Egyptian and hides his body in the sand. He goes again the second day and sees two Hebrew men fighting and tries to stop them but one says to him “who made thee a prince and a judge over us? Intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian”? Exodus 2: 14. Moses now realizes that someone witnessed the murder and he must flee for his life for even now Pharaoh wants him dead. Moses escapes to the land of Midian and rests by a well. Soon the seven daughters of Reuel, the priest of Midian come to draw water but certain shepherds that are there try to stop them. Moses however, stands up and helps them and waters their flock. When the women return home and tell their father, he asks why they did not ask him to come eat with them, and immediately demands that they call him. Moses remains with the priest and keeps watch over his flock and he gives him his daughter Zippo to be his wife. In the course of time a son is born to them and Moses calls him Gershom. Eventually the king of Egypt dies but the new pharaoh continues to add more and more to the burdens placed on the Hebrews. Finally God hears their cry and remembers the promise that he made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that he would one day lead them out of Egypt and back to Canaan.
TO BE CONTINUED See Part 2

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Baby, Basket, Boy, Bulrushes, Canaan, Daughter, Egypt, Egyptians, Fight, God, Kingwell, Midwives, Nile River, Pharaoh, Pitch, Sister

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I am 75 years old and retired.I like writing short stories, poetry as well other articles of interest.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
25th Jul 2015 (#)

Very interesting to understand these Kingwell.

I did not know such details of what happened and the history is fascinating. We have been fighting each other all the time! siva

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author avatar Kingwell
25th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva. I'm pleased that you are enjoy the articles. Blessings.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
25th Jul 2015 (#)

Kingwell, excellent writing as always. I've studied all the Books of the Bible and I enjoyed reading about Moses. I love the detail and the history.

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author avatar Kingwell
25th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you Nancy. There is much in the Bible that isn't talked about. Sometimes it leaves us with more questions than answers. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
25th Jul 2015 (#)

Another great piece by a very talented author!

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author avatar Kingwell
26th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you Jessica but my head is swelling lol! Blessings.

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author avatar Madan g singh
26th Jul 2015 (#)

A thrilling tale. I knew the story, but great to read it

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author avatar Kingwell
26th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you Madan. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
27th Jul 2015 (#)

Funny that the ten commandments were given through someone who had broken most of these laws, and was a murderer like this too.

Looking forward to this series Kingwell.

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author avatar Kingwell
27th Jul 2015 (#)

Thanks for commenting spirited. I agree with you, yet I suppose Moses had not yet been called by God when he murdered the Egyptian.

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author avatar Kingwell
27th Jul 2015 (#)

To comment further on this, as we saw in Genesis, there were other less than savory characters that God is said to have called. Blessings.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
27th Jul 2015 (#)

this is wonder filled dear Kingwell...thank you..

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
27th Jul 2015 (#)

and thank you for being such a wonderful friend...

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author avatar Kingwell
28th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you carolina. Blessings.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
30th Jul 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing this post ~ Kingwell. What an appropriate title for the series. I look forward to following this very closely.

I've read the book of Exodus scores of time. Yet it thrills my heart to see this on sites like this.

Blessings.

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author avatar Kingwell
5th Aug 2015 (#)

Thanks Helen, I will do my best to point out anything that seems out of the ordinary as well as tell the story. Blessings.

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author avatar onenow
16th Oct 2015 (#)

It's been almost five years since I spent any time in Exodus, so thanks for the retelling.

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author avatar Kingwell
17th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks onenow for commenting. Hope you enjoy. Blessings.

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