<h2> <SPAN name="THE_STORY_OF_MOSES_THE_CHILD_WHO_WAS_FOUND_IN_THE_RIVER" id="THE_STORY_OF_MOSES_THE_CHILD_WHO_WAS_FOUND_IN_THE_RIVER"></SPAN>THE STORY OF MOSES, THE CHILD WHO WAS FOUND IN THE RIVER</h2>
<p>The children of Israel stayed in the land of Egypt much
longer than they had expected to stay. They were in that land
about four hundred years. And the going down to Egypt proved a
great blessing to them. It saved their lives during the years
of famine and need. After the years of need were over, they
found the soil in the land of Goshen, that part of Egypt where
they were living, very rich, so that they could gather three or
four crops every year.</p>
<p>Then, too, the sons of Israel, before they came to Egypt,
had begun to marry the women in the land of Canaan who
worshipped idols, and not the Lord. If they had stayed there,
their children would have grown up like the people around them
and soon would have lost all knowledge of God.</p>
<p>But in Goshen they lived alone and apart from the people of
Egypt. They worshipped the Lord God, and were kept away from
the idols of Egypt. And in that land, as the years went on,
from being seventy people, they grew in number until they
became a great multitude. Each of <SPAN name="Page_81"
id="Page_81"></SPAN>the twelve sons of Jacob was the father of
a tribe, and Joseph was the father of two tribes, named
after his two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh.</p>
<p>As long as Joseph lived, and for some time after, the people
of Israel were treated kindly by the Egyptians, out of their
love for Joseph, who had saved Egypt from suffering by famine.
But after a long time another king began to rule over Egypt,
who cared nothing for Joseph or Joseph's people. He saw that
the Israelites (as the children of Israel were called) were
very many, and he feared that they would soon become greater in
number and in power than the Egyptians.</p>
<p>He said to his people: "Let us rule these Israelites more
strictly. They are growing too strong."</p>
<p>Then they set harsh rules over the Israelites, and laid
heavy burdens on them. They made the Israelites work hard for
the Egyptians, and build cities for them, and give to the
Egyptians a large part of the crops from their fields. They set
them at work in making brick and in building storehouses. They
were so afraid that the Israelites would grow in number that
they gave orders to kill all the little boys that were born to
the Israelites; though their little girls might be allowed to
<p>But in the face of all this hate, and wrong, and
id="Page_82"></SPAN>cruelty, the people of Israel were growing
in number, and becoming greater and greater.</p>
<p>At this time, when the wrongs of the Israelites were the
greatest, and when their little children were being killed, one
little boy was born.</p>
<div class="figcenter"> <SPAN name="THEY_MADE_THE_ISRAELITES_WORK_HARD"
title="They made the Israelites work hard"
alt="They made the Israelites work hard" /></SPAN><br/>
<i>They made the Israelites work hard</i>
<p>He was such a lovely child that his mother kept him hid, so
that the enemies did not find him. When she could no longer
hide him, she formed a plan to save his life; believing that
God would help her and save her beautiful little boy.</p>
<p>She made a little box like a boat and covered it with
something that would not let the water into it. Such a boat as
this covered over was called "an ark." She knew that at certain
times the daughter of king Pharaoh—all the kings of Egypt
were called Pharaoh, for Pharaoh means <SPAN name="Page_83"
id="Page_83"></SPAN>a king—would come down to the river
for a bath. She placed her baby boy in the ark, and let it
float down the river where the princess, Pharaoh's daughter,
would see it. And she sent her own daughter, a little girl
named Miriam, twelve years old, to watch close at hand. How
anxious the mother and the sister were as they saw the
little ark floating away from them on the river!</p>
<div class="figcenter"> <SPAN name="SHE_PLACED_HER_BABY_IN_THE_ARK"
title="She placed her baby in the ark"
alt="She placed her baby in the ark" /></SPAN><br/>
<i>She placed her baby in the ark</i>
<p>Pharaoh's daughter, with her maids, came down to the river,
and they saw the ark floating on the water, among the reeds.
She sent one of her maids to bring it to her so that she might
see what was in the curious box. They opened it, and there was
a beautiful little baby, who began to cry to be taken up.</p>
<p>The princess felt kind toward the little one, and loved it
at once. She said: "This is one of the Hebrews' children." You
have heard how the children of Israel came to be called
id="Page_84"></SPAN> Pharaoh's daughter thought that it would
be cruel to let such a lovely baby as this die out on the
water. And just then a little girl came running up to her,
as if by accident, and she looked at the baby also, and she
said: "Shall I go and find some woman of the Hebrews to be a
nurse to the child for you and take care of it?"</p>
<p>"Yes," said the princess. "Go and find a nurse for me."</p>
<p>The little girl—who was Miriam, the baby's
sister—ran as quickly as she could and brought the baby's
own mother to the princess. Miriam showed in this act that she
was a wise and thoughtful little girl. The princess said to the
little baby's mother: "Take this child to your home and nurse
it for me, and I will pay you wages for it."</p>
<p>How glad the Hebrew mother was to take her child home! No
one could harm her boy now, for he was protected by the
princess of Egypt, the daughter of the king.</p>
<p>When the child was large enough to leave his mother
Pharaoh's daughter took him into her own house in the palace.
She named him "Moses," a word that means "drawn out," because
he was drawn out of the water.</p>
<p>So Moses, the Hebrew boy, lived in the palace among the
nobles of the land, as the son of the princess. There he
learned much more than he <SPAN name="Page_85"
id="Page_85"></SPAN>could have learned among his own people;
for there were very wise teachers. Moses gained all the
knowledge that the Egyptians had to give. There in the court
of the cruel king who had made slaves of the Israelites,
God's people, was growing up our Israelite boy who should at
some time set his people free!</p>
<p>Although Moses grew up among the Egyptians, and gained their
learning, he loved his own people. They were poor and were
hated, and were slaves, but he loved them, because they were
the people who served the Lord God, while the Egyptians
worshipped idols and animals. Strange it was that so wise a
people as these should bow down and pray to an ox, or to a cat,
or to a snake, as did the Egyptians.</p>
<p>When Moses became a man, he went among his own people,
leaving the riches and ease that he might have enjoyed among
the Egyptians. He felt a call from God to lift up the
Israelites and set them free. But at that time he found that he
could do nothing to help them. They would not let him lead
them, and as the king of Egypt had now become his enemy, Moses
went away from Egypt into a country in Arabia, called
<p>He was sitting by a well, in that land, tired from his long
journey, when he saw some young women come to draw water for
their flocks of <SPAN name="Page_86"
id="Page_86"></SPAN>sheep. But some rough men came, and drove
the women away, and took the water for their own flocks.
Moses saw it, and helped the women and drew the water for
<p>These young women were sisters, the daughters of a man named
Jethro, who was a priest in the land of Midian. He asked Moses
to live with him, and to help him in the care of his flocks.
Moses stayed with Jethro and married one of his daughters. So
from being a prince in the king's palace in Egypt, Moses became
a shepherd in the wilderness of Midian.</p>
<div class="figcenter"> <SPAN name="MOSES_BECAME_A_SHEPHERD_IN_THE_WILDERNESS_OF_MIDIAN"
title="Moses became a shepherd in the wilderness of Midian"
alt="Moses became a shepherd in the wilderness of Midian" />
<i>Moses became a shepherd in the wilderness of Midian</i>
id="Page_87"></SPAN>But Moses did not remain a shepherd. While
he was tending his sheep God appeared to him in a burning
bush and told him that he should return to Egypt and become
the leader of his people. The Lord told him that the wicked
Egyptians would be punished for the ill-treatment they were
giving the Israelites. In your Bible you will find in the
book of Exodus how God wonderfully fulfilled his promise.
The Egyptians were punished by many plagues, and finally
allowed the Israelites to go. They crossed the Red Sea in a
wonderful way, and traveled for a long time through a
wilderness, <SPAN name="Page_88"
id="Page_88"></SPAN>where God fed them day by day with manna
from heaven. God also gave them rules as a guide for their
daily living; these rules we call the Ten Commandments; yet
they forgot the Lord so far as to make images and worship
<div class="figcenter"> <SPAN name="GOD_FED_THEM_DAY_BY_DAY_WITH_MANNA"
title="God fed them day by day with manna."
alt="God fed them day by day with manna." /></SPAN><br/>
<i>God fed them day by day with manna</i>
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