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The history of Judaism is full of horrors and tragedies. One of the most infamous events of this people’s history is the enslavement in Egypt. Thousands of years ago, the Jews settled in Egypt because of a famine that had plagued their land. Soon the Egyptians, who were very ambitious in their own right, took advantage of the Israelites and enslaved them. The Israelites were forced to do difficult labor and very hazardous tasks for their masters. These included building large monuments, burying the dead, and carrying heavy loads of sand. All the while, they would be baking in the hot sun.ta
The Israelites cried out to the God of Abraham to send them a deliverer and save them from all this turmoil. The Pharaoh of Egypt knew very well of the Israelites’ prophecies. The idea of someone being born who would set them free greatly troubled the great pharaoh. He decried an order for all newborn children to be slaughtered. This was carried out and hundreds of small babies were killed. A young couple feared for the life of their new-born son.
Instead of trying to hide the infant, they put him in a basket and sent him down the river hoping God would take him to safety. The basket arrived in a small area of the river where the Pharaoh’s daughter was bathing. She found the infant and adopted him. She named him Moses. He was raised as the child of a Princess. Treated like royalty and respected as an Egyptian, Moses loved his life. One day he was out watching the Israelites at work. He noticed an Egyptian guard beating a slave. Moses tried to stop the guard but ended up accidentally killing him. Fearing for his own life, Moses fled Egypt.
He arrived among a group of sheep farmers. He was accepted into their community and married a woman. For many years, Moses lived a simple quaint life as a sheep farmer. On a mountain over-looking his home, he noticed a large flame and went to see what it may be. When he arrived, he saw a bush which was aflame. Yet the flame was not like any other fire he had ever seen. Soon a loud voice called out to him. The voice said it was the God of Abraham. He instructed Moses to return to Egypt and free his people.
Moses arrived back in Egypt and was dismissed by the Pharaoh. God sent down plagues upon the Egyptians yet Pharaoh would not give in. Finally, Moses declared the the first-born child of all Egyptians would die at the hand of the angel of death. A cry was heard in Egypt such that was never heard before. Pharaoh’s own son was killed and he ordered the Israelites to be set free. Moses led them out of torment and forty years later, they arrived back in the promised land.