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The Beginning of the Nation Israel
Abraham to Moses


From the family of Noah came the Family of Abraham, who became the pattern of faith in the Lord. Abraham had a two sons Isaac and Ishmael. Isaac was the child of the promise, which God had promised to Abram.


Jacob married Rachael and had two sons by Rachael, Jacob and Esau. Through Jacob the Messiah, the promised child would come because Jacob believed in the Lord and became the child of the inheritance, not like Esau who did not believe in the Lord. Esau sold his inheritance to Jacob because he was starving for a pot of lentils.


Jacob had a child named Joseph, who was sold into slavery and ended up in Egypt. Later his father and brothers joined him in Egypt because of a great famine. They stayed in Egypt and were greatly favoured by Pharaoh, at that time because The Pharaoh made Joseph the prime minister under Him, because with the Lords direction Joseph saved Egypt from a great famine.


After many years the Israelis grew in number, so much so that the whole Jewish race became slaves to the Egyptians. The Pharaoh of the day had forgotten Joseph and what he did for Egypt.


Their treatment was often very wicked and cruel, as slavery is. They cried to the Lord because they were not treated right by the Egyptians. The Lord heard their cry, and was concerned for them and had compassion for them.


Isaiah 63:7-10

“The Lord said, surely they are my people, sons who will not be false to Me, and so He became their Saviour. In all their distress, He too was distressed and the angel of His presence saved them. In His love and mercy, He redeemed them; He lifted them up and carried them.”


Psalm 145:13

“The Lord is faithful to all His promises and loving toward all He has made.”


Psalm 145:18-19

“The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call on Him in truth. He fulfils the desire of those who fear Him. He hears their cry and saves them.”


Moses was born to be used by God to deliver His son Israel. The nation Israel was regarded as His son. Moses was born at a time when all infant sons who were born, were commanded by Pharoah to be thrown into the river Nile. Moses was born into the tribe of Levi. Moses mum saw that Moses was a special Baby and made an ark to keep Moses safe in. Pharoah’s daughter found him and raised him as one of her own.

Moses was raised and was set to be the next Pharoah in Egypt.


Moses was a genius in many ways. One day he saw an Egyptian abusing a Hebrew. He killed the Egyptian and buried him. What he did became known and he had to flee for his life from Pharoah. He went to a place called Midian and became a Shepherd there. He maried Zipporah there also and had twosons by her. He shepherded in the desert for forty years. He was in Egypt for forty years and in the desert for forty years.


Hebrews 11:24-25

“By faith Moses when he had grown up refused to be known as Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.”


The Lord appeared to Moses in a bush that was ablaze, but did not burn up and The Angel of the Lord called out to Moses. “Moses, Moses” and He said, “Here I am”. Moses was commanded to take off his sandals for he was standing on Holy ground.


Exodus 3:7

“The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey”        


Deuteronomy 7:6-7

You are a people Holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be His treasured possession. For the Lord did not set His affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples.


Moses was called by God to be His servant to speak to the Israelites to free them from slavery in Egypt. He did not want to go though; he had tried to help his own people previously as in Exodus 2, when he was forty years old, but fled for His life to Midian. He was in the dessert for forty years before God called him to go and tell Pharaoh. “Let God’s people go”.


Moses was afraid and objected to God’s commission for him. Moses posed God some questions!


Exodus 3:13-15

“Moses said, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them “The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they ask me what is His Name? Then what shall I tell them? God said to Moses “I Am Who I Am.

This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you.”


 “God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites. The Lord, the God of your fathers- The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob has sent me to you. This is my Name forever, the Name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.”


Moses still objected to God’s commission, because he wasn’t a good speaker, and God replied to Him.


Exodus 4:11

“Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf and mute? Who gives him sight and makes him blind. Is it not I the Lord. Now go and I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”


But Moses objected again and God was angry with him, but graciously provided Aaron the Levite, Moses brother to meet him and to speak for Moses. So the confrontation with Pharaoh began and Israel was delivered with a miraculous delivery under God’s mighty hand.


God sent Moses His servant to deliver and redeem Israel from their slavery. God performed many miracles in bringing Israel out of Egypt. As they watched Him do so they could have rejoiced like the angels did at creation, but they did not. God tested them in the land of Egypt with ten tests and opportunities to demonstrate their trust in the Lord.


They failed all the tests as they complained, grumbled and winged at everything.  They did not believe God’s Word, in which they could trust, rest and rely. God’s intended testimony for Israel can be seen in the verse below as stated as an attitude for His sons the Church.


Philippians 2:14

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure sons of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the Word of life.”


Later when Aaron and Miriam, Moses sister complained and conspired against Moses. The Lord God said of Moses.


Numbers 12

“When the prophet of The Lord is among you, I reveal myself to him in visions; I speak to him in dreams. But this is not true of my servant Moses; he is faithful in all my house. With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the Lord.”


Now we have set the scene let’s look a bit closer, and without riddles.


The first verse in the bible states, “In the beginning God”

God is the Name of The Supreme being who defines and Moves everything, to His own conclusion.


Isaiah 46:9

“Remember the former things, those of long ago. I am God, and there is no other. I Am God, and there is none like Me. I make known the end from the beginning; from ancient time what is still to come. I say My purpose will stand and I will accomplish all that I please.”


A persons name goes hand in hand with their word. God’s Word is reliable because He is All-Righteous, All-Just, All-Love, All-knowing, All-Powerful, All-Faithful and All-Truth.


Proverbs 30:5

“Every word of God is flawless; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.”


Isaiah 55:10-11

“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and make it bud and flourish, so it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My Word that goes out of My mouth; It will Not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the Purpose for which I sent it.”


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