Prophet Moses - to whom God spoke face to face**

In this first of a four part study on Prophet Moses {Musa in Arabic} we will study how God spoke with Moses face to face and what God planned to do through him.  As you should know, there are five books in the Torah (Taurat in Arabic) which God's prophet, Moses, wrote.  In our last study on Prophet Abraham we were reading in the book of Genesis, and now we are studying from the second book which is called Exodus. Our prayer to God is that He will enlighten our minds and our hearts in all that we read in this profound book that is full of valuable instruction.

We note that the second book of the Torah begins where the first book ends. During the life of Abraham’s grandson Jacob (Yacub in Arabic), God changed Jacob’s (which means “heal grabber”) name to Israel (which means “one who has struggled with God”).  In the first chapter of the book of Exodus we read:

(Taurat - Exod. 1) 1These are the names of the sons of Israel who went to Egypt with Jacob, each with his family: 2Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah; 3Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin; 4Dan and Naphtali; Gad and Asher. 5The descendants of Jacob numbered seventy in all; Joseph was already in Egypt. 6Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, 7but the Israelites were fruitful and multiplied greatly and became exceedingly numerous, so that the land was filled with them.

8Then a new king, who did not know about Joseph, came to power in Egypt. 9"Look," he said to his people, "the Israelites have become much too numerous for us. 10Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country." 11So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. 12But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites 13and worked them ruthlessly. 14They made their lives bitter with hard labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their hard labor the Egyptians used them ruthlessly.

Note that more than three hundred years had passed since the death of Joseph (Youssef in Arabic). Another Pharaoh was reigning over Egypt, a king who had forgotten all that Joseph had done for the people of Egypt. This Pharaoh oppressed Israel terribly, making them his slaves.  Perhaps the Israelites thought that God had forgotten what He had promised their ancestor Abraham about their becoming a powerful nation. However, God hadn't forgotten a thing! God was, in fact, in the process of fulfilling what He had promised so long ago.

Truly, God is faithful! He keeps His covenants! What God promises to do, He will do, even if man thinks He is slow! God was the One who conceived the plan to create a new nation from which the prophets and the Redeemer would come forth--and nothing would hinder the accomplishment of His plan!

You remember that when God first revealed His plan to create that new nation, He started with an elderly couple, Abraham and Sarah. When Abraham was one hundred years old, he begot Isaac; Isaac begot Jacob; and Jacob begot twelve sons who produced the tribes of Israel. When they moved to the land of Egypt, they numbered seventy people. But now, after some three hundred years, they had become a great multitude, more that a million people! Did God do what He had promised long ago? Did God make of Abraham a new and vast nation? Yes, He did! God is faithful, and cannot go back on His Word. He is worthy of glory forever!

We see how Pharaoh oppressed the tribes of Israel, making them his slaves. However, we also see that every time Pharaoh tried to dominate and diminish the tribes of Israel, God would cause them to flourish and multiply. Thus, the Scriptures record that Pharaoh became very angry and gave this command to the Israelites: "Every boy that is born you must throw into the Nile!" (Taurat - Exod. 1:22) What do you think about this? Who was leading Pharaoh in this wicked plan? Satan, that's who! Why did Satan want to oppress and destroy the people of Israel? Because Satan knew that God had promised to send into the world a Redeemer who would deliver the children of Adam from the power of sin and hell. And Satan knew that this coming Redeemer would descend through family of Israel (recall God changed his name from Yacub to Israel)!  That is the reason Satan incited Pharaoh to persecute the people of Israel and even attempt to wipe them out by having all their baby boys thrown in the Nile river.

But God, who is stronger than Satan, planned to use a man from within the tribes of Israel to deliver His chosen people from the hand of Pharaoh. Do you know the name of this hero? Yes, it is the renowned prophet of God, Moses. But Moses parents, Amram and Jochebed, were also heros because "they were not afraid of the king's edict." (Injeel - Heb. 11:23; Taurat - Exod. 6:20). In the second chapter of the book of Exodus, we read about the early years of Moses' life.  The Scripture says:

(Taurat - Exod. 2) 1Now a man of the house of Levi (Levi was the third son of Jacob) married a Levite woman, 2and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. 3But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. 4His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.

5Then Pharaoh's daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the river bank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her slave girl to get it. 6She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. "This is one of the Hebrew babies," she said. (The Egyptians called the people of Israel Hebrews.)

7Then [Miriam, the sister of the baby, who was hiding among the reeds,] asked Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?" 8"Yes, go," she answered. And the girl went and got the baby's mother. 9Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you." So the woman took the baby and nursed him. 10When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh's daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, "I drew him out of the water."

Think of it! While other male babies were being killed, baby Moses was being nourished by his own mother and protected by Pharaoh, the wicked king! God had His hand on all that happened in the life of Moses. God, in His plan, chose to use the daughter of the cruel king to protect Moses. God knew that the king's house would be the safest and best place for Moses. God also knew that there were many things Moses needed to learn and understand so that he would be properly prepared to lead the children of Israel. Thus, the Scriptures say: "Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action." (Injeel - Acts 7:22) But Moses still had much to learn.  The Scripture says:

(Taurat - Exod. 2) 11One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. 12Glancing this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, "Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?" 14The man said, "Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?" Then Moses was afraid and thought, "What I did must have become known." 15When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian.

Thus, we see how, at first, Moses tried to deliver the children of Israel by his own power. However, that is not how God wanted it done. God wanted to use Moses as an instrument to liberate the children of Israel. Israel's deliverance was not to come from Moses, but from God. Moses, in himself, was only a man, and had no power to free the children of Israel from the hand of Pharaoh unless God gave it to him.

Thus, the Scriptures tell us that, for forty years, Moses lived in the desert, in land of Midian. God had many important lessons to teach Moses in that hot and dry wilderness. There is a verse in the Word of God which says: "Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much." (Injeel - Luke 16:10) Before God could commit to Moses the weighty task of shepherding the whole assembly of Israel, Moses first needed to show himself faithful in little tasks. Thus, the Scriptures relate to us that, there in a land far from Egypt, Moses became a shepherd, got married and had two children. For forty years, Moses was a faithful shepherd. There in the desert-while Moses was shepherding his father-in-law's flock-God was preparing Moses for the day when he would shepherd the nation of Israel. God had great plans for Moses and His people Israel!   Next, the Scriptures say:

(Taurat - Exod. 2) 23During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. 24God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. 25So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.

The children of Israel remained slaves for a very long time. We might ask: Why did God plan to free the children of Israel from the hand of Pharaoh? Was it because they were better than others? No! The Israelites were sinners, like the people of Egypt, like all people. Why then did God have such special plans for the children of Israel? Simply because of His faithfulness and His mercy. Let us read again the last verse. We read: "God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob (Observe God's faithfulness!). So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them (Observe God's mercy!)." (Taurat - Exod. 2:24,25)

Yes, God, in His faithfulness and mercy, remembered His covenant which He had made with Abraham when He said to him,

"I will make you into a great nation. You will be a blessing…and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." (Taurat - Gen. 12:2,3) "Your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and ill-treated four hundred years. But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterwards they will come out with great possessions." (Taurat - Gen. 15:13,14)

Now, as we continue with this story we see how God revealed Himself to Moses so that He might send him to Pharaoh to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt. We are reading in the Torah, in the third chapter of the book of Exodus. The Scripture says:

(Taurat - Exod. 3) 1Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law…and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to [Sinai], the mountain of God. 2There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3So Moses thought, "I will go over and see this strange sight- why the bush does not burn up. 4When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, "Moses! Moses!" And Moses said, "Here I am." 5"Do not come any closer," God said. "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground." 6Then he said, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob." At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. 7The 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. 8So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey-the home of the Canaanites… 9And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt."

11But Moses said to God, "Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?" 12And God said, "I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain." 13Moses said to God, "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?" 14God 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.'" 15God 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!"

We can learn at least four things about God's character from what God said to Moses from inside the burning bush on Mount Sinai.

1.) First, we learn that God is holy! When Moses saw the flames of the burning bush, he was amazed, drew near to investigate, and heard the voice of God calling out to him. Moses trembled with fear, and did not dare to look. Why was Moses afraid? Because he was standing in the presence of God, the Holy One! God declared His holiness by saying to Moses: "Do not come any closer. Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground!"

Truly, God, who appeared to Moses in the fiery flames, is holy. God wants everyone to recognize His holiness. Concerning the angels who stand in the presence of God, the Scriptures say: "Day and night they never stop saying: 'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.'" (Injeel - Rev. 4:8) The angels recognize the holiness of God. You who are reading this, do you recognize God's holiness?  Let us think a little about what this means. As we have already seen in previous study, the holiness of God caused Him to expel Adam and Eve from the Garden of Paradise after they had sinned.  It was also God's holiness that caused Him to wipe out the people of Noah's day with a flood. In the period that followed, God confused the language of the world, scattering the people of Babel, those who were trying to rebel against God. And in Abraham's time, the holiness of God caused Him to rain fire from the sky on the people of Sodom, those who were taking pleasure in wickedness.

Tragically, to this very day, most people do not respect the holiness of God. They do not comprehend who God is. They have not recognized His absolute purity. We can see this in the way people practice sin and take pleasure in it. We also see the lack of importance people attach to the holiness of God when they wear religion like a cloak, but do not examine the Holy Scriptures in order to understand God's truth. Many habitually use God's name in insincere talk. They invoke the name of God in vain by saying, "bi ism Allah" {Arabic: in the name of God}, or "Insha'a Allah" {if God wills it} when, in reality, the will of God is the farthest thing from their minds. We observe people's failure to understand the holiness of God by the way they seek to establish their own righteousness before God and refuse to accept the way of righteousness which God has established. Some think that they can make themselves pure before God by prolonged fasting, repetitious praying, or ceremonies of washing and purification {ablution}. But, as we clearly see in the Writings of the Prophets, such outward actions do not satisfy God the Holy One who requires that a person be pure on the inside. Dear friends, God is holy! That is why He said to Moses, "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground."

2.) Next, based on what God said to Moses in the burning bush, we discover that God is not only the Holy One, but He is also the Faithful One! {Lit. the One who keeps His covenants} Did you hear what God first said to Moses? He said, "I am the God of your forefathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob." (Taurat - Exod. 3:6) These words should bring joy to the heart of anyone who wants to approach God and enjoy a relationship with Him. God, the Holy One, is the One who established a covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God is the Faithful One; He will never leave or betray His friends! Even after hundreds of years, He had not forgotten what He had promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their descendants.

What about you? Do you appreciate the faithfulness of God? Do you enjoy a close relationship with the God who spoke with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? This is an important question for anyone who wants to be truly happy in this life and in the life to come. We are not asking: Do you have religion?-because following the rules of religion will never make anyone righteous before God. What we are asking is: Do you have a right relationship with God? Have you believed the message of the way of salvation which God has established? Have you come to see that following a religion and having a relationship with God Himself are two different things?

Today there are thousands and thousands of religions in the world. For example, experts tell us that in the country of Brazil alone, there are more than four thousand different religions and sects! Four thousand religions!?! Amazing! Are there four thousand gods? Or four thousand ways which lead to God? No! The Scriptures say: "There is one God and one Mediator between God and men." (Injeel - 1 Tim. 2:5) Why then are there thousands of religions and thousands of different sects in the world today? It is because most of Adam's descendants have ignored the foundation of truth that God established with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. They do not know about the promises which God made to Abraham and his descendants concerning the Mediator, who was to come into the world to deliver the children of Adam from the penalty and power of sin. They do not know the Word of the God who never changes. They do not know the Faithful One!

3.) God manifested another characteristic when He appeared to Moses in the fire that blazed in the bush. The characteristic is mercy. God is not only the Holy One and the Faithful One, but He is also the Merciful One. That is why God said to Moses concerning the people of Israel,

"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 up out of that land into a good and spacious land…" (Taurat - Exod. 3:7,8)

Why did God plan to liberate the people of Israel and lead them to a good land? Did the Israelites deserve God's mercy? Were they better than other nations? No, they were not! Why then did God purpose to deliver them and bless them so? Only because of His faithfulness and His mercy. As the Scriptures say: "God heard their groaning and He remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. So God looked on the Israelites and [had mercy on] them." (Exod. 2:24,25) Yes, God is the Merciful One!

4.) Finally, there is one more aspect of God that we can observe in the story of the burning bush. We heard Moses ask God what His name is. Can the nature of the eternal God be described in a single name? This God who is so great and holy, faithful and merciful; this God whom man cannot see with his eyes; this God who created everything, sees everything, knows everything, and can do anything--What is His name? Some think God's name is simply "God" {Allah in Arabic}. Truly, God is God. However, God is not His name. God is who He is. I am a man, but Man is not my name. Each of us has a name by which we are known. What is God's name? What answer did God give to Moses? Let us read it again. 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!" (Taurat - Exod. 3:14-15) {Note: Hebrew "YHWH" & English "Lord" translates as The Eternal One}

What is the name of God which describes His eternal nature? Did you hear it? It is: the Lord! {The Eternal One}! In the Holy Scriptures, the prophets ascribe to God hundreds and hundreds of names and titles, but this name, the Lord, is used more than any other--over six thousand, five hundred times. God is the Lord, the Eternal "I AM," the One who was, who is, who will exist forever! He is the Eternal One! He has no beginning. He has no end. He has no limits. He has no equal. He is the One who exists by His own power! What He was yesterday and is today, He will be forever. He never changes. The Lord {The Eternal One} is His Name!  Now, let us continue in the Torah to see how God concluded His talk with Moses and sent him to the king of Egypt. In chapter three, we heard how God promised to be with Moses, to give him wisdom and authority before Pharaoh and the people of Egypt. Yet in chapter four we will see that Moses was afraid to go.  In the book of Exodus, chapter four, the Scripture says:

(Taurat - Exod. 4) 1Moses answered, "What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, 'The Lord did not appear to you'?" 2Then the Lord said to him, "What is that in your hand?" "A staff," he replied. 3The Lord said, "Throw it on the ground." Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. 4Then the Lord said to him, "Reach out your hand and take it by the tail." So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand. 5"This," said the Lord, "is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers-the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob-has appeared to you."

10Moses said to the Lord, "O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue." 11The Lord said to him, "Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say." 13But Moses said, "O Lord, please send someone else to do it." 14Then the Lord's anger burned against Moses and he said, "What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and his heart will be glad when he sees you. 15You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do17But take this staff in your hand so that you can perform miraculous signs with it."

18Then Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, "Let me go back to my own people in Egypt to see if any of them are still alive." Jethro said, "Go, and I wish you well." 19Now the Lord had said to Moses in Midian, "Go back to Egypt, for all the men who wanted to kill you are dead." 20So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff of God in his hand. 21The Lord said to Moses, "When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do… 22Then say to Pharaoh, 'This is what the Lord says: Israel is my firstborn son, 23and I told you, "Let my son go, so that he may worship me."

27The Lord said to Aaron, "Go into the desert to meet Moses." So he met Moses at the mountain of God and kissed him. 28Then Moses told Aaron everything the Lord had sent him to say, and also about all the miraculous signs he had commanded him to perform. 29Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites, 30and Aaron told them everything the Lord had said to Moses. He also performed the signs before the people, 31and they believed. And when they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.

Chapter five. (Taurat - Exod. 5) 1Afterwards Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, "This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: 'Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the desert.'" 2Pharaoh said, "Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go!"

Let us stop here briefly. We see how God spoke to Pharaoh through the mouth of Moses and Aaron {Harun in Arabic}. Did Pharaoh believe the word of God? No, he did not! Did you hear how he answered Moses and Aaron? He said, "Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go!"

Pharaoh did not know the Lord {Lit. the Eternal One}. Pharaoh and all the people of Egypt had a religion, but they did not know God. They only cared about following the religion of their ancestors. They did not care about knowing the living and true God-the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Pharaoh and the Egyptians put their confidence in their customs, their idols, their fetishes and their religious leaders, but they did not put their confidence in the Lord and His Eternal Word.  Thus, in chapter six we read:

(Taurat - Exod. 6) 1Then the Lord said to Moses, "Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country." 2God also said to Moses, "I am the Lord. 3I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the Lord I did not make myself known to them. 4I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, where they lived as aliens. 5Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant. 6"Therefore, say to the Israelites: 'I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. 7I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. 8And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.'"

(Taurat - Exod. 7) 4Pharaoh will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and with mighty acts of judgment I will bring out my divisions, my people the Israelites. 5And the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it." 6Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord commanded them. 7Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh.

Thus, we see how the Lord planned to judge Pharaoh and the people of Egypt with mighty acts of judgment. God, in His righteousness, purposed to pay back the Egyptians for the hundreds of years of suffering which they had brought on the Israelites. Also, through the miracles that God planned to perform by the hand of Moses, the Lord wanted to display His glory and power. Thus, He would show the people of Egypt and the whole world, that the Lord God who spoke to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses is the living and true God!

As we have already learned, God is the Merciful One and does not want anyone to perish, but wants everyone to repent and to know and receive the truth. That was why He planned to perform miracles that would confirm the word He spoke through Moses. The Lord wanted everyone to know beyond any doubt that the God who was speaking through Moses is the one true God!

We need to remember that in Egypt there were hundreds of idols which the Egyptians considered gods. However, God wanted them to know that there is only one true God. God wanted them to know that the one true God is the God who established His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob--promising to make of them a nation through which God would channel the prophets, the Scriptures and the Savior of the world.

However, Pharaoh was not interested in knowing the one true God. That is why, when God sought to speak to Pharaoh through His prophets, Moses and Aaron, Pharaoh answered them, saying, "Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go!" (Taurat - Exod. 5:2)

Pharaoh spoke the truth when he said that he did not know the Lord! He did not know the God who established an eternal covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Pharaoh had a religion, but he did not have a relationship with God. Pharoah's heart was closed to the truth that came from the one true God. Thus, he ignored the message which God spoke to him through Moses and Aaron.  To this very day, most people in the world follow the way of Pharaoh. They talk about God, but they pay no attention to the Word of the Lord. Consequently, they do not know God. They know some things about God, but they do not know God Himself. They have a religion handed down to them by their ancestors, but they do not have a true relationship with the living God who revealed Himself to Moses.

How about you? Do you know the Lord? Do you really know what He has said through His prophets? Have you ever sincerely looked into the Writings of God's prophets? Do you really know the Lord God? Do you love Him with all your heart? Do you want to obey Him? Or are you, like Pharaoh, just following the religion of your ancestors?

Dear friends, may not even one of us be like Pharaoh who refused to listen to and believe the Word of the Eternal God! Read this warning from God's Word: "See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God!" (Injeel - Heb. 3:12) Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as did Pharaoh who said, "Who is the Lord, that I should obey him?"

God willing, in our next study we will continue this captivating story and see how God brought upon Pharaoh and the Egyptians ten plagues so that they might know that He is the Lord and deliver the people of God!…

God bless you as you heed this solemn warning from His holy Word:

"Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts!" (Injeel - Heb. 3:15)


** This concludes our first part of the study of Prophet Moses from the Holy Scriptures.   This teaching from the Scriptures is a compilation of Lessons 29, 30 and 31 from “The Way of Righteousness” by Paul Bramsen.    Posted here by permission of copyright holder – Paul Bramsen.