• A new Pharaoh who did not know Joseph arose over Egypt, 
  • He feared that Israel, given the large population, could ally with other
    nations against Egypt. 
  • He decided to enslave Israel, hence task masters
    were set over them to afflict them with heavy burdens, 
  • Pharaoh ordered the
    Hebrew midwives, Shiphrah and Puah, to kill every male baby of the Hebrew women
    at birth, 
  • The midwives feared God and did not obey Pharaoh’s order, 
  • The Pharaoh commanded all his people to cast every son born to the Hebrews into
    the Nile but to spare only daughters, 
  • Moses was born to a Hebrew couple
    of the Levites’ family, 
  • When, after three months, his mother could no
    longer hide him, she dropped him in a basket by the Nile, 
  • Pharaoh’s
    daughter picked the young Moses, and pitied him. 
  • She contracted Moses’s
    biological mother (unknowingly though) to nurture and bring up the boy for her. 
  • Moses’ mother nursed him; and when he grew up she brought him to Pharaoh’s
    daughter and he become “her son”, 

 

Ways in which this prepared
Moses for leadership: 

  1. Familiarization with government administration, 
  2. Royal upbringing gave him good education, 
  3. He was exposed to social
    interaction, 
  4. Appreciation of the suffering of his people,
  5. Patriotism –
    love for his kindred, 
  6. Conversant with the culture of 1 Egyptians.