Moses stands as the dominant figure of the Old Testament. God chose Moses to lead the Hebrew people out of slavery in Egypt and mediate his covenant with them. Moses handed down the Ten Commandments, then completed his mission by bringing the Israelites to the edge of the Promised Land. Although Moses was inadequate for these monumental tasks, God worked mightily through him, supporting Moses every step of the way.
Moses' Accomplishments: He helped free the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt, the most powerful nation in the world at that time.
He led this huge mass of unruly refugees through the desert, kept order, and brought them to the border of their future home in Canaan.
Moses received the Ten Commandments from God and delivered them to the people.
Under divine inspiration, he authored the first five books of the Bible, or the Pentateuch: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
Moses' Strengths: He obeyed God's orders despite personal danger and overwhelming odds. God worked tremendous miracles through him.
Moses had great faith in God, even when no one else did. He was on such intimate terms with God that God talked with him regularly.
Moses' Weaknesses: He disobeyed God at Meribah, striking a rock twice with his staff when God had told him just to speak to it to produce water. Because Moses did not trust God in that instance, he was not permitted to enter the Promised Land.
Hometown: born of Hebrew slaves in Egypt, perhaps in the land of Goshen.
Occupation: Prince of Egypt, shepherd, prophet, lawgiver, covenant mediator, national leader.
Sons: Gershom, Eliezer
So now, go, I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt. (NIV)
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." (NIV)
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. (NIV)
And Moses the servant of the LORD died there in Moab, as the LORD had said. He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is. Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone. The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the time of weeping and mourning was over. (NIV)