Characters of the Bible (2of6)

Lesson 2: Moses: Leadership and Law

Introduction: Moses is a towering figure in the Bible, renowned for his leadership of the Israelites out of Egypt and the reception of the Torah, which laid the foundational laws for Israel.

Relevant Information:

  • Early Life: Moses’ early life in Egypt, his flight to Midian after killing an Egyptian, and his encounter with God in the burning bush (Exodus 3).
  • Exodus: Moses’ leadership in freeing the Israelites from Egypt, marked by the ten plagues and the crossing of the Red Sea.
  • Lawgiver: On Mount Sinai, Moses received the Ten Commandments, representing the covenant between God and Israel (Exodus 20).

Story: The story of the Exodus, focusing on Moses’ leadership challenges, the plagues, the parting of the Red Sea, and the receiving of the Ten Commandments.

Discussion Points with Possible Answers:

  • What challenges did Moses face as a leader?
    • He confronted Pharaoh, led a complaining and often disobedient people, and mediated between them and God.
  • How did Moses contribute to the formation of Israelite law and identity?
    • The Law provided through Moses shaped the moral, ethical, and societal norms of the Israelites.

Related References for Study:

  • Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy: Details of Moses’ life and the laws he established.
  • “Moses: A Life” by Jonathan Kirsch: A biography offering insights into Moses’ character and era.
  • Deuteronomy 34: The death of Moses, summarizing his life and legacy.
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