Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Joshua. 'The Lord said to Moses, "Now the day of your death is near. Call Joshua and present yourselves at the Tent of Meeting, where I will commission him."' (Deuteronomy 31:14)
Moses had sinned by not having faith in the Lord (by striking the rock, and not speaking to it, as commanded by God). '"...Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink." So Moses took the staff from the Lord's presence, just as he commanded him. He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, "Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?" Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and the livestock drank. But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, "Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them."' (Numbers, 20:8-12)
The Tribe of Levi. Several times in the Old Testament, the Lord mentions the Levites carrying things to and from the Tabernacle, making offerings and such. Examples include Numbers 3, which list the individual duties of certain tribesmen, and Leviticus 8-10, which tells of the first high priests who died because they did not obey the Lord, and Numbers 16:8-10, which directly quotes Moses as saying that the Levites were set apart by the Lord to be priests.
|After they crossed the Red Sea, the Israelites' thoughts turned to their hunger, and all the wonderful food they had left behind in Egypt. With what did the Lord provide them?||The Biblical Story of Moses
Manna and quail. 'That evening, quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, "What is it?" For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, "It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat...' (Exodus 16:13-15)
'Raise his staff and stretch his hand over the sea'. This event is directly quoted from Exodus 14:16.
To demand that Pharaoh release the Hebrews into the desert. "The elders of Israel will listen to you. Then you and the elders are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, 'The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the desert to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God.'" (Exodus 3:18)
|While Moses' family affairs are interesting, let's move on to some more enlightening aspects of his life. At what mountain did he encounter the burning bush, where the Lord spoke to him? ||The Biblical Story of Moses
Horeb. 'Now Moses was tending the flocks of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire, it did not burn up. So Moses thought, "I will go over and see this strange sight - why the bush does not burn up." When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, "Moses! Moses!" And Moses said, "Here I am."' (Exodus 3:1-4)
|Once he married, Moses began a family right away, as was customary in Biblical times. What was his first son's name?||The Biblical Story of Moses
Gershom. 'Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom.' (Exodus 2:22)
|Moses stayed in the land of Midian after he ran away from Pharaoh. He ended up getting along with a priest of Midian whose name was Jethro. In fact, they got along so well that Jethro let Moses marry one of his daughters. What was her name?||The Biblical Story of Moses
Zipporah. 'Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage.' (Exodus 2:21)
|Moses grew up in a royal household despite his humble Hebrew birth. But when he was older, he did something that made Pharaoh so angry that the king tried to kill Moses! What did Moses do?||The Biblical Story of Moses
He killed an Egyptian. 'The man said, "Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?" Then Moses was afraid and thought, "What I did must have become known." When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well.' (Exodus 2:14-15)
|Moses' mother was brave in sending her child, encased in a basket, into the unknown waters of the Nile. Who found and claimed the baby?||The Biblical Story of Moses
Pharaoh's daughter. 'Then Pharaoh's daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the river bank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her slave girl to get it. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. "This is one of the Hebrew babies," she said.' (Exodus 2:5-6)
|Which Jewish holiday commemorates the deeds of Moses and the freedom of the Jewish people from slavery?||Moses
Passover. Passover, or 'Pesach' in Hebrew, is the feast where Jews remember the Exodus from Egypt. Passover is literally because God passed over the houses of the Jews when striking down the first-born of Egypt. There is a feast, where the Haggadah (scroll) of Passover is read, and the eating of leavened bread is forbidden for the week to remember the bread the Jews ate leaving Egypt.
Passover is also the festival of the Spring, one of the three High Holidays, when (in ancient times) Jews made an offering at the Temple in Jerusalem. It is the most observed of Jewish Festivals, over 80% of Jews (even non-observant ones) have been at a Passover Seder (Feast).
|Where did Moses die?||Moses
Mount Nebo. Moses was not permitted to enter the Promised Land. Instead, he climbed Mt. Nevo with a single bound, and from the peak could see the land of Cana'an. He was exactly 120 years old, as he was born and died on the 7th of the Jewish month of Adar. To this day, if you want to wish a Jewish person a full life, you wish them: "until 120 years!"
|Pharaoh finally relented after the death of his firstborn son, and let Moses lead the Jews out of Egypt. But soon his mood changed and he decided to pursue the column of fleeing Jews. When the Egyptians caught up with the Jews, what kept the Egyptian army at bay until the Jews were safely across the Red Sea?||Moses
a pillar of cloud. The pillar of cloud was the same that led the Jews out of Egypt as they were making their Exodus from Egypt. By night, the pillar of cloud was a pillar of fire, but when the Egyptians caught up with the retreating Jews, it was day-time, and the cloud kept them at bay long enough for the Jews to flee.
Nachshon ben Aminadav was the first to gather courage and jumped into the water of the Red Sea. When he was up to his nose in the water, God reached out and parted the water, making way for the Jews to cross.
|What did Moses not forget to take from the Nile before departing Egypt?||Moses
The casket of Joseph. In Exodus, Joseph was not forgotten by Moses. According to Midrash, Moses wrote down God's name and threw it into the Nile, and the casket of Joseph rose up, and they carried it to Cana'an. The caskets of Joseph's brothers also rose up, and each tribe carried their ancestor's casket back to the Promised Land.
|How did God first reveal himself to Moses?||Moses
the burning bush. Moses worked for Jethro as a shepherd. One day, in pursuit of a stray lamb, he came upon a bush that was burning, but was not consumed by the fire. God spoke to Moses from the bush, and told him to go to Egypt and set the Jews free. Moses did not know whether he was the right person for the task, but God said that He would put His own words in Moses' mouth when the time came, and His hand would guide Moses' hand to do His deeds.
According to the Midrash, Moses is the only man in the Old Testament that God talks directly to, and not through an intermediary. Nobody was permitted to see the true shape of God, but it is said, that just before Moses died, God revealed to Moses the back of His head.
|Zipporah and Moses were eventually married. What was the name of their first-born son?||Moses
Gershom. Gershom was not circumcised by Moses, which was a major transgression on Moses' part, and it angered the Lord. God sent a serpent, which was one of His angels, and it started to swallow Moses alive. When Zipporah saw this, she immediately picked up a sharp stone and circumcised Gershom, and Moses was saved.
|According to the Midrash, when Moses came to Midian, what was the first thing that Jethro did?||Moses
imprisoned him for seven years. Moses came to Midian and aided Jethro's daughters in watering their flock of sheep. When Moses came to Jethro's house for dinner, Moses recounted his adventures. Jethro used to frequent the Egyptian palace and knew that Moses was an outlaw, and planned on turning him over to the Pharaoh in exchange for a reward. So Moses was imprisoned and was placed on prison rations.
Moses would have surely died of hunger had not Zipporah, Jethro's eldest daughter, viewed him with favour. She sneaked him extra food for the seven years of his imprisonment, and eventually convinced her father to free Moses from bondage.
The Bible is very vague on this. In Exodus, the only mention is that Moses comes to Jethro for dinner, and suddenly he's married with a child.
|After leaving Egypt at the age of 18, in the Torah, Moses fled to Midi'an, but in the Midrash, Moses arrived in a land called Cush. In which modern-day African country is Cush located?||Moses
Ethiopia. King Nikanos was the King of Cush, or Ethiopia, and he had returned from a war to find that his capital had been traitorously seized by Bala'am, the former advisor to the Pharaoh. He laid siege to his own capital, and during the course of the siege, Moses joined the Ethiopian army, and gained much status among them.
When King Nikanos died, Moses was made King of Cush, and was forced to marry the queen. Moses would not have sexual relations with her, and she eventually placed her son by King Nikanos on the throne of Cush, but Moses was given many riches as a parting gift.
|Moses lived in the Pharaoh's palace until the age of 18. What unfortunate incident made Moses leave the palace?||Moses
he killed an Egyptian. Moses observed an Egyptian beating a Jewish man. Normally he wouldn't have done anything, but the Jew approached Moses because of his status and asked for aid. According to Midrash, the Jew told Moses that the Egyptian had sexually assaulted the Jew's wife the previous night, and was now attempting to kill the Jew. Moses was enraged, and killed the Egyptian. Although the Egyptian was buried under the sand, Pharaoh eventually knew the story, and Pharaoh sought for Moses' death.
Moses was saved by a miracle, and fled the borders of Egypt.
|What was the name of Moses' guardian angel?||Moses
Gabriel. Gabriel was an Angel of Death sent to protect Moses against just that - death. Other than the coal incident (see the info for question 4) Gabriel was also the one responsible for the Pharaoh's daughter to pick up Moses from the Nile, and for sneaking Moses and Aaron into the Egyptian palace the first time they petitioned the Pharaoh to set the Jews free. Gabriel was always on the lookout for Moses.
|According to the Midrashic view, what ailment did Moses suffer from?||Moses
stuttering. Moses was three years old when this happened. He was sitting on Pharaoh's lap when he reached for the crown and placed it on his own head. Pharaoh was amused, but his counselors said that the baby was trying to take the kingdom from him.
The counselors proposed to put Moses to a test. They would bring two plates, one with gold, the other with burning coals. If Moses were to take the gold, then he would be put to death, but if he reached for the coals, then they would concede that it was just childish play.
The counselors brought the plates, and Baby Moses started to reach for the plate of gold, but the Angel Gabriel guided Moses' hand at the last moment to the plate of coals. Moses put a burning coal in his mouth and from then on stuttered.
|In which book of the Old Testament is the story of Moses, the departure from Egypt and the inscribing of the Ten Commandments written?||Moses
Exodus . The exodus of the people of Israel is written in the book of Exodus. In it you can find the story of Baby Moses, how he grew up, and how he delivered the Jews from the Egyptian yoke. It culminates in the dictation of the Torah to Moses on top of Mount Sinai.
|Moses was born to Amram and Yocheved. Of which Jewish tribe were they?||Moses
Levi. Amram and Yocheved were Leviites, and slaves of Egypt. Their first child was Miriam, and their second child was Aaron, who was born just before the decree to drown all Jewish male babes in the Nile was passed. After the decree Amram and Yocheved were separated until they were given a vision of their third child, and they got back together to conceive Moses.
|Moses regularly had to deal with the people, were constantly grumbling against him and often even the Lord. On one occasion, when they complained "we loathe this light (contemptible, unsubstantial) manna," "the Lord sent fiery (burning) serpents among the people; and they bit the people, and many Israelites died."
As so often, Moses tried to intervene and prayed for the people. What did God instruct Moses to do that saved many lives? ||Dramatic Moments in the Life of Moses
Make a serpent of bronze for the people to look upon and live.. I've often wondered why this bronze serpent didn't set the stage for the return of the "graven images" that were forbidden in the 10 commandments.
The Amplified Bible's commentary on Numbers 21 reads in part: "Jesus said that as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 'that everyone who believes in Him [who cleaves to Him, trusts Him and relies on Him] may not perish, but have eternal life and [actually] live forever!' (John 3:14, 15). Obviously this implies that the look that caused the victim of a fiery serpent to be healed was something far more than a casual glance."
|In Numbers 20, the people were grumbling and complaining yet again, and yet again Moses turned to God. God told Moses what he should do, but this time Moses was so angry and frustrated that what he did next made God angry enough to punish him by keeping him from ever entering the Promised Land.
What was it that Moses did next that cost him so dearly?||Dramatic Moments in the Life of Moses
He was told to speak to the rock to get water, but he struck it as he had done before.. Before Moses's death, in Deuteronomy 34:4, God said to Moses: "This is the land which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, I will give it to your descendants. I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there."
|The Israelites left the Wilderness of Sin by stages and camped at Rephidim. When they discovered that there was no water, they complained to Moses: "Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to kill us with thirst?" Moses in turned complained to God, "What shall I do with this people?"
Jehovah told him. What did Moses do next?||Dramatic Moments in the Life of Moses
Took his staff and struck the rock God indicated, and water streamed out of it.. Exodus 17:6 reads, "Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at [Mount] Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel."
|Pharaoh changed his mind and wanted his slaves back, so he and his army chased Moses and the crowd of Israelites. The Israelites were backed up against the Red Sea, with no way to escape, when the best known, most dramatic moment in Moses' life occurred. God told Moses to hold his staff over the water, and the waters parted, letting the Israelites walk to the other side of the waters on dry ground. Naturally Pharaoh's army chased them, at which time the waters came crashing back down and drowned the army.
The Children of Israel must have felt an incredible group adrenaline rush! But, safe and relieved, what did they do next?||Dramatic Moments in the Life of Moses
Miriam led Moses and the Israelites in a song of praise to God.. The song takes 21 of the first 27 verses of Exodus 15. The opening goes:
"I will sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider or its chariot has He thrown into the sea.
"The Lord is my Strength and my Song, and He has become my Salvation; this is my God, and I will praise Him, my father's God, and I will exalt Him.
"The Lord is a Man of War; the Lord is His name.
"Pharaoh's chariots and his host has He cast into the sea; his chosen captains also are sunk in the Red Sea."
|One of the most dramatic events in Moses' life was the confrontation with Pharaoh which included the 10 plagues. The confrontation started with Moses and Aaron stating their case, and Aaron throwing down his rod, which turned into a snake. But Pharaoh's magicians were able to duplicate the magic, as were they able to duplicate (on a smaller scale) the water turning to blood and other plagues. However, they finally came to plagues they could not reproduce.
What was the first plague the court magicians could not reproduce -- and what did the magicians then do?||Dramatic Moments in the Life of Moses
Mosquitoes -- Told Pharaoh this was the finger of God.. Some Biblical translations identify the third plague, in Exodus 8:16-19, as gnats, some as mosquitoes. The original text doesn't help--all Exodus lets us know for certain is that they were flying, biting insects, and that the court magicians could not create a similar effect.
All of the plagues in the answer choices are real Biblical plagues, by the way. The only items made up were the three incorrect options for what the magicians did.
|After 40 years with no dramatic events, Moses was working as a shepherd when he ran into God at a bush that was burning without being consumed. God told Moses to return to Egypt, confront Pharaoh, and get the Israelites out of Egypt. Moses refused at first, so reluctant that "the anger of the Lord blazed against Moses." But after a long debate with God, complete with several persuasively miraculous signs, Moses collected his family and set out for Egypt. However, en route he angered God again, and God "sought to kill him" by making him seriously ill.
We know God didn't kill Moses, so what did happen?||Dramatic Moments in the Life of Moses
Moses' wife Zipporah circumcised their second son with a flint knife and cast the foreskin to touch Moses' feet, and God relented.. Zipporah acted only under duress. Read the Amplified version of Exodus 4:25:
"Now apparently he had failed to circumcise one of his sons, his wife being opposed to it; but seeing his life in such danger Zipporah took a flint knife and cut off the foreskin of her son and cast it to touch Moses' feet, and said, "Surely a husband of blood you are to me!"
|The first story we have of an adult Moses happened while he was still living as an Egyptian and as part of Pharaoh's extended family. He had learned that he was an Israelite, so when he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew slave, he "looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one" he came to the aid of the Israelite, killed the Egyptian, and hid the corpse in the sand.
That's a pretty dramatic start to the story of Moses. What happened next?||Dramatic Moments in the Life of Moses
Learning from a Hebrew slave he was scolding that the murder was widely known, Moses ran for his life.. The quote in the question and all quotes in this quiz come from the Amplified Old Testament.
Biblical commentators sometimes approve of the murder in Exodus 2. One example is F. B. Meyer, author of "Moses, the Servant of God," who wrote that "there was true heroism in the act, when Moses stepped down from Pharaoh's throne to share the lot of his brethren." But that is interpretation in support of a teaching; Exodus clearly reports that Moses had every intention of keeping the murder secret and remaining at Pharaoh's court.