God’sStory Research Paper
Thepurpose of this paper is to analyze the plan of God to the Israelitesduring their slavery and oppression in Egypt as recorded in the bookof Exodus. During this time, God reveals himself to his peoplethrough Moses and states his redemptive plans to free them. Further,the paper will create an understanding of the implication of God’sredemptive task in the Old Testament.
Moses and Biblical stories of creation, fall, and redemption
Significant facts about the history, culture, and theology surrounding Moses
Significance of Moses in Exodus
Lessons learned from the Exodus Stories
Inthe book of Exodus, God is the great worker. The nature and intentof the divine task set the agenda for Moses’ work. The initialcall of Moses by God includes an explanation of Gods work and plan inthe redemption of His people[ CITATION Ass15 l 1033 ]. This drove Moses to speak in the name of the Lord to Pharaoh toallow the Israelites out of Egypt (Exodus. 5:1). In contrast,Pharaoh hardens his heart and even oppresses the Israelites moreharshly than before after God reveals His plan for them. It is atthis moment that God clarifies His intentions in response to Mosesquestioning God regarding His people. After assuring response toMoses question about God’s mission, (Exodus 5:20-22), God outlinesHis more extended comeback with His identity at the beginning and theend. Exodus 6:2-8). This phrase, therefore, reveals God`s name.Further, it identifies God as the covenant-making, and a promisekeeping God who has appeared to the Israelites[ CITATION Car12 l 1033 ].
Reviewingthe Genesis creation and fall of man, it can be noted that thecreation story and the story of Moses are related in the sense thatboth identifies God’s love for his people. Even though man has goneastray and disobeyed God, the Scripture clearly indicates that God isfaithful to them and protects them from the enemy. For instance,during the fall of man, Adam and Eve contravene God by eating theforbidden fruits. Similarly, in the topic of Moses, the same mandisobeys God by making false gods like golden calf after beingdelivered from the hands of the Egyptians. Moreover, the work God isplanning for his people is, however, grounded in the intention thatHe has expressed to the Israelites. God’s work then appears indifferent parts. These segments include redemptive reasons of Godreappearing in various ways throughout the Old Testament. For thatreason, the first work is deliverance. In (Exodus 6:6), God saysthat he will free the Israelites from the burdens of the Egyptiansand deliver them from slavery. Secondly, God reveals that He willform a godly community. He further states that he will take theIsraelites as his people and he will be their God. (Exodus 6:7a). This context shows that God intends to form a different king ofcommunity where his people would live with him in covenantalfaithfulness. Although every territory in these times had theirgods, Israel recognition as God’s people signified a lifestyle ofobedience to all God’s decrees, commands and laws ( Deuteronomy26:17-18)
Thebook of Exodus, in the Old Testament presents the story of Moses. Thebook of Exodus asserts that Moses was born at the time when Hebrewchildren were customarily killed. To protect him, his mother put himin a basket and hid him up the Nile where he was found adopted byPharaoh’s daughter (Exodus 2:1-10). When he became a man, hekilled an Egyptian who was mistreating a fellow Hebrew. He laterfled to Egypt and lived for 41 years. While in Egypt, God appeared toMoses in the form of a burning bush and told him to go back to Egyptand free the Hebrew Slaves (Exodus 3:22). He decided to seekpermission from Pharaoh to free Gods people, but Pharaoh hesitated.He then brought the ten plagues and led the Israelites to freedom. Inthe process of moving out, he famously parted the Red Sea so that theIsraelites could cross before releasing the Israelites to prevent theEgyptians from attacking them (Exodus 14:21). Moses and theIsraelites then spent 40 years in the wilderness until he receivedthe ten commandments of God in Mount Sinai. The Israelites wouldfinally reach the Promised Land, but Moses did before achieving themission. Religiously, Moses practiced polytheism in his childhood.After his call, he abandoned polytheism and adopted monotheismreligion[ CITATION Ols16 l 1033 ].
TheBible illustrates why Moses was significant especially during theExodus. According to Exodus 14, Moses delivered the Israelites fromslavery in Egypt and led them to Canaan where they established ahome. Moses also helped the Israelites to cross the Red Sea bystriking his rod to create a dry path. His faith prevented theEgyptian from reaching them[ CITATION Sch15 l 1033 ].Additionally, Moses gave the Israelites the Ten Commandments. He wasalso a talented teacher and a prophet. In all Western religions,Moses is a central figure although he is broadly regarded as the mostimportant prophet in Judaism[ CITATION Car12 l 1033 ]. Above all, Moses was a God-fearing character. Due to hispersonality, he insisted on the worship of God rather than the goldencalf.
Thebook of Exodus is known to contain some hidden insights[ CITATION Ass15 l 1033 ]. It is because some of the narrations are concealed and need to becomprehended thoroughly to find their meaning. For instance, Goduses plagues in an orderly manner beginning with the least to theworst plague that convinces Pharaoh to release the Israelites. Froman individual point of view, the highly stylistic ordering of theplagues was to show the Israelites that God of their fathers wasalive. Similarly, the plagues were to prove to the Egyptians thattheir gods never existed[ CITATION Ols16 l 1033 ]. In the same way, Christians learn the need to obey God and followHis deeds. Consequently, Moses is considered as one of the mostinfluential people in the Bible. Since his death, no prophet hasarisen like Moses whom the Lord knew face to face[ CITATION Sch15 l 1033 ].He performed all the signs and wonders that the Lord sent him toexecute in Egypt against Pharaoh and all his servants.
Nonetheless,Moses is considered a significant figure in the Old Testament becausehe is the instrument through which the Israelites experience theSalvation of God. According to Olson (2016), the Exodus is theterrifying moment where Gods people experience being free fromslavery. It is through this experience that Christians realize theiridentity. Through Moses, God gives the Ten Commandments to unite hispeople. Centuries later when Jesus is brought to the word, one ofhis tasks involve persuading the people that he is greater thanMoses[ CITATION Sch15 l 1033 ]. In this context, the Bible emphasizes that Jesus taught his newcommandment of love in his sermon on the mountain to echo on the Lawof Moses. For Christians therefore, Moses is a critical body becauseJesus fulfilled the Mosaic Law.
Anotherlesson that Christians can learn from the topic of Moses isanointing. When God meets Moses for the first time, he reveals Hisplan on delivering the Israelites from Egypt. Unfortunately, Mosesgives excuses of not being a good speaker and asks God to choosesomeone else to accomplish the mission (Exodus 3:11). Later, Godassures Moses that he will put words in his mouth. In other words,God was telling Moses that he was the anointed person to accomplishthe task regardless of the challenges. From this scenario, Christianscan learn that Gods supernatural power can overcome any situation.
Inconclusion, the book of Exodus shows how God uses Moses to bring hispeople out of oppressive labor into the glorious freedom. Althoughthe book uses some hidden insights, it is important for Christians tounderstand their implications. Further, Exodus stories provide andunderstanding of God`s plan towards liberating His people. He usesMoses to accomplish the task. Coincidentally, the topic of Moses,creation, and fall and redemption of man has one thing in common.That is to say: both concepts reveal the love of God to manregardless of the disobedience nature of human being in both theGarden of Eden and Mount Sinai.
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