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1 According to Numbers 20:1-11, how many times did Moses strike a rock at Kadesh to produce water for the Israelites?
Answer: twice

Moses struck a rock twice at Kadesh to miraculously produce water for the Israelites. However, Moses' actions were in direct contravention of what God had told him do. According to Numbers 20:1-13, God had told Moses to simply speak to the rock in front of the people and water would gush out. Because Moses failed to obey God's specific instructions, he was denied the right to lead the Israelites into Canaan, known as the Promised Land.

Numbers 20:12 quotes God in the NJKJV as telling Moses: "Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them."

Scripture goes on to tell of Joshua being selected to lead the Israelites into Canaan.
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2 According to Exodus 4:1-5, what did Moses' rod turn into when he was commanded by God to throw it on the ground?
Answer: A serpent

Moses's rod turned into a serpent when he cast it on the ground, as per Exodus 4:1-5. According to the passage, Moses had been instructed by God to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, but he was extremely doubtful of his ability to lead. As a result, Moses questioned God, saying he was fearful the Israelites would
not believe him or listen to his voice.

God then instructed Moses to cast the rod in his hand on the ground and when he did so it became a serpent. When Moses took the serpent by the tail, it became a rod again.

The passage goes on to tell of God instructing Moses to use the rod to prove to the Israelites "the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you."
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3 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?
Answer: 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.
  From Quiz: Dramatic Moments in the Life of Moses
4 Moses was born to Amram and Yocheved. Of which Jewish tribe were they?
Answer: 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.
    Your options: [ Levi ] [ Menasheh ] [ Judah ] [ Gad ]
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5 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?
Answer: 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)
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6 According to Exodus 10:21-23, for how many days was Egypt engulfed in a darkness that was so thick it could be felt?
Answer: Three days

Egypt was engulfed in a thick, impenetrable darkness for three days, as per Exodus 10:21-23. According to the passage, the darkness descended after God requested Moses to stretch out his hand to heaven. Verse 21 states the darkness was so thick it could be even felt. The passage goes on to state the Egyptians did not see one another, "nor did anyone rise from his place for three days."

The plague of darkness was the ninth of ten plagues unleashed by God on Egypt.
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7 According to Numbers 26:59, Jochebed was Moses' mother's name (New American Standard Bible). Who was Moses' father?
Answer: Amram

Numbers 26:59 explains Moses' family. It actually doesn't give the names of his parents in the first and second chapters of Exodus, despite talking about them as his parents. However, Amram was his father, Jochebed his mother, Aaron his brother, and Miriam his sister. Interestingly, Jochebed was a daughter of Levi, which means that Levi, one of the brothers who sold Joseph into slavery, was Moses' grandfather (or ancestor). Abihu was a son of Aaron, so he was Moses' nephew.
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8 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?
Answer: 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!"
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9 How many biological siblings did Moses have?
Answer: 2

Moses was the youngest of his siblings. He had a sister, Miriam (likely the oldest of the three) and a brother, Aaron.
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10 According to Jewish tradition, Moses was given other names by members of his family. Which of the following is not one of those names?
Answer: Avi Zaddik

Moses was the name given to the babe by the Egyptian princess who pulled him from the Nile River in his wicker basket.
Jered was the name given to Moses by his sister Miriam, who had to go down to the Nile River to receive tidings of him.
Jekuthiel was the name his mother gave him because she was brought to the Egyptian palace to suckle Moses.
Avi Zanoach was the name given to Moses by Aaron, as their father Amram abandoned their mother Yocheved, and because of Moses they got back together.

Other names that Moses was given were Hever, by his mother, because he was the reason that she was united with his father Amram. Another name was Avi Gedor, given to Moses by his grandfather, because God repaired a breach in the security of the tribes Israel by allowing Moses to live.
    Your options: [ Avi Zaddik ] [ Jered ] [ Avi Zanoach ] [ Jekuthiel ]
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11 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?
Answer: 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)
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12 According to Exodus 7:19-25, what did God turn the water of the Nile River into on the command of Moses?
Answer: Blood

The water of the Nile, as well as all the other water in Egypt, was turned into blood. It was the first of ten plagues unleashed on Egypt by God to convince the Pharaoh to give permission for the Israelites to leave the country and depart to Canaan, known as the Promised Land.

Scripture tells of Moses and Aaron lifting up a rod and striking the river and all the water turned to blood. According to Exodus 4:19, the Nile River wasn't the only place where water became blood. Streams, rivers, ponds and water "both in buckets of wood and pitchers of stone" were turned into blood.
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13 When they were talking to their father, what did the daughters of Jethro, Zipporah and her sisters, describe Moses as after he saved them from the shepherds? (Exodus 2:19, New American Standard Bible)
Answer: An Egyptian

Most translations use "An Egyptian," while a couple say, "a man of Egypt." This is, of course, because Zipporah and her sisters didn't realize at the time that Moses was a Hebrew. He must have been wearing an Egyptian outfit/looked like an Egyptian. Exodus 2:15-16 suggest that Moses ended up at the well where Jethro's daughters were, immediately after he fled from Egypt. (He ran away from Egypt because he killed a true Egyptian who was hurting a Hebrew.)
  From Quiz: Wake Up and Smell the Moses
14 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?
Answer: 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.
    Your options: [ Mosquitoes -- Told Pharaoh this was the finger of God. ] [ Egyptian (only) livestock died -- Attempted to bribe Moses. ] [ Boils on all Egyptians -- Attempted to kill Aaron. ] [ Weighty hail -- Asked Pharaoh to pay them more money if he wanted this trick. ]
  From Quiz: Dramatic Moments in the Life of Moses
15 According to Exodus 2:1, from which tribe of Jacob was Moses's father?
Answer: Levi

Most of the men that were descended from Levi were priests. Moses's mother was also a descendant of Levi.
    Your options: [ Simeon ] [ Judah ] [ Levi ] [ Asher ]
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16 In which book of the Old Testament is the story of Moses, the departure from Egypt and the inscribing of the Ten Commandments written?
Answer: 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.
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17 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?
Answer: Zipporah

'Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage.' (Exodus 2:21)
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18 What body of water was parted when Moses led the Israelites on an exodus out of Egypt?
Answer: Red Sea

The Red Sea was parted, enabling the Israelites to leave Egypt and begin a forty-year-long journey to Canaan, known as the Promised Land. Details about the miraculous parting of the Red Sea are found in Exodus 14. According to Verse 21, the water was parted when Moses stretched out his hand over the sea and "the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided."

When the Israelites had made it safely to the other side, the Egyptian army proceeded to cross the sea in their pursuit of the Israelites. God then instructed Moses to stretch out his hand over the sea so "the waters may come back upon the Egyptians, on their chariots, and on their horsemen." And sure enough, that's exactly what happened, with the entire Egyptian army drowning.
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19 What sister of Moses was struck with leprosy and then miraculously cleansed, as per Numbers 12?
Answer: Miriam

Miriam was struck with leprosy and then miraculously cleansed after Moses poured out his heart to God. According to Numbers 12, Miriam had been grumbling about Moses taking an unnamed Ethiopian woman as his wife, Miriam was struck with leprosy as divine retribution. (The NIV describes Moses' wife as a Cushite, rather than Ethiopian.)

After Moses issued his plea to God, Scripture states Miriam was cleansed and she re-joined the Israelite camp seven days later as she had been originally exiled from the camp due to her disease.
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20 According to Exodus 7, who threw down the staff that turned into a serpent?
Answer: Aaron

Contrary to what the animated movie, "The Prince of Egypt," depicts (I love that movie, but certain parts of it are unBiblical, like how they portray Pharaoh's wife, instead of his daughter, as the one who found Moses) it was actually Aaron's staff and Aaron was the one who threw it down in front of Pharaoh. However, it was Moses who told Aaron to throw it down at the request of the Lord. (Exodus 7:9-10).

An interesting verse is Exodus 7:1: "Then the LORD said to Moses, 'See, I make you as God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet.'" (New American Standard Bible)
  From Quiz: Wake Up and Smell the Moses
21 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?
Answer: 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."
    Your options: [ Miriam led Moses and the Israelites in a song of praise to God. ] [ Moses divided the Israelites into four rotating groups, one to stand guard, one to find food and water, and two to sleep. ] [ The Israelites collapsed "and slept where they fell, every one" except Moses, who sacrificed three lambs to show his thanks. ] [ The pillar of fire spoke to them and promised them safety, but they were terrified and complained to Moses. ]
  From Quiz: Dramatic Moments in the Life of Moses
22 According to Exodus 2:3, what body of water was Moses sent floating on as a baby?
Answer: Nile River

The Egyptian pharaoh had ordered a decree that all Hebrew baby boys were to be thrown in the Nile. Moses's mother did not want this to happen to Moses, so she hid him. Eventually, the time came when she could no longer hide him, so she put him into a basket and sent him on the Nile River.
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23 According to the Midrashic view, what ailment did Moses suffer from?
Answer: 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.
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24 Once he married, Moses began a family right away, as was customary in Biblical times. What was his first son's name?
Answer: Gershom

'Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom.' (Exodus 2:22)
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25 Who opposed Moses' leadership and ended up dying in a case of divine retribution when the earth opened up and swallowed him and his supporters?
Answer: Korah

Korah is the correct answer. Details about him leading a rebellion against Moses' leadership are found in Numbers 16. Clearly, Korah was not acting alone as Verse 24 tells of Dathan and Abiram being allies of Korah.

The rebellion against Moses, however, came to a screeching halt when a miraculous event took place. In a case of divine retribution, the earth opened up and swallowed Korah and his supporters.

Verse 33 tells what happened to those involved in the rebellion: "So they and all those with them went down alive into the pit; the earth closed over them, and they perished from among the assembly."
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26 According to Exodus 15:23-25 in the NKJV, what did Moses cast into the bitter waters of Marah to make it sweet?
Answer: A tree

Scripture states Moses cast a tree into the bitter waters of Marah to make it sweet. (The NIV states he threw a piece of wood into the water.) The miracle was performed while Moses was leading the Israelites on a forty-year-long journey from Egypt to Canaan, known as the Promised Land.

Exodus 15:23-25 explains things this way in the NKJV: "Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter... And the people complained against Moses, saying, 'What shall we drink?' So he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet."
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27 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?
Answer: 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."
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28 According to Exodus 2:21, what was the name of Moses's wife?
Answer: Zipporah

After Moses ran away from Egypt, he went to Midian. During his time there, he helped seven daughters gather water and use it to water the flock. Their father invited him to stay with them and allowed him to marry one of his daughters, Zipporah. Miriam and Aaron would later talk against Moses, because he married a Cushite. (Numbers 12:1)
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29 What was the name of Moses' guardian angel?
Answer: 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.
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30 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?
Answer: 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)
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31 According to Exodus 8:5-7, what animal came up out of the Nile River in mindboggling massive droves?
Answer: Frogs

Egypt was engulfed in frogs as part of ten punishing plagues unleashed by God on the country. The plague of frogs was the second plague, and took place just after the water of the Nile River had been turned into blood. Details about the plague of frogs are found in Exodus 8:1-15.

According to the passage, God instructed Moses to tell his brother Aaron to stretch his hand and his rod over the streams and rivers of Egypt and presto, the country became infested with frogs. The frogs were so plentiful they were found in the houses of the Egyptians, including their bedrooms, ovens and kneading bowls.
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32 In Numbers 21, the Lord told Moses to build a bronze serpent. What was the reason for this?
Answer: To help people who had been bitten by snakes

The people were upset that they were brought to the wilderness, where they had no food and water, and they basically wanted to go back to Egypt. Apparently the Lord judged their ungrateful attitudes by sending lots of poisonous snakes, which bit and killed many of the people. However, some of them admitted that they sinned and so God told Moses to build the bronze serpent. Anyone who looked at it wouldn't die, even if he/she was bit.

Some Christians believe that the bronze serpent was a symbol/foreshadowing of Jesus Christ. This is because of it being on a pole, which is similar to a cross, as well as because of its saving powers.
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33 God spoke to the people out of the thunder and lightning on Mount Horeb-Sinai and proclaimed the Ten Commandments. Then Moses went up the mountain to commune with God. He was so long that the people became afraid and insisted Aaron make an idol for them. Aaron took their ornaments and made a calf of gold. When Moses came down after 40 days, carrying two tablets of stone on which the 10 commandments were written, he was so furious about the golden calf that in one of his most dramatic moments he smashed the tablets against the rocks. The drama continued as Moses followed up by doing all of the following EXCEPT which?
Answer: He exiled the ringleaders, delivering them into the hands of the neighboring Moabites.

I have always found it remarkable that it was because of this moment of loyalty, loyalty that resulted in extreme bloodshed, that the Levites were made the priests of Israel. Exodus 32:29 states: "And Moses said [to the Levites, By your obedience to God's command] you have consecrated yourselves today [as priests] to the Lord, each man [at the cost of being] against his own son and his own brother, that the Lord may restore and bestow His blessing upon you this day."
    Your options: [ He exiled the ringleaders, delivering them into the hands of the neighboring Moabites. ] [ He asked who was on the Lord's side, then sent the loyal Levites to slay those not loyal. 3000 died. ] [ He ground up the calf, sprinkled the gold dust on the water, and made the people drink it. ] [ He returned up the mountain and pled with the Lord to forgive the people. ]
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34 According to Exodus 4:14, who helped Moses speak to Pharaoh?
Answer: Aaron

Moses was not that good of a speaker, so he asked his brother, Aaron, for help. God helped both of them know what to say during Moses and Aaron's conversation with Pharaoh.
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35 Moses lived in the Pharaoh's palace until the age of 18. What unfortunate incident made Moses leave the palace?
Answer: 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.
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36 Why did God send Moses back into Egypt?
Answer: 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)
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37 Out of the ten plagues unleashed on Egypt, what was the final plague?
Answer: Death of the firstborn

Death of the firstborn was the tenth and final plague unleashed on Egypt by God, as per Exodus 11 and 12. The plagues took place to convince the Pharaoh to give approval to the Israelites to leave Egypt and to settle in Canaan, known as the Promised Land. According to Exodus 12:29, "it came to pass at midnight that the LORD struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of livestock."

Shortly after the tenth plague, the Pharaoh granted permission to the Israelites to leave Egypt. However, as the Israelites were leaving the country, the Pharaoh had a change of heart as he ordered his army to pursue the Israelites.
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38 According to Exodus 10:12-15, what voracious insect did God empower Moses to unleash on Egypt, consuming all the flora?
Answer: Locusts

Locusts is the correct answer. According to Scripture, massive clouds of locusts were created when Moses stretched out his hand over the land of Egypt. In fact, the locusts were so plentiful, they darkened the sky. It was the eighth plague unleashed by God on Egypt.

The insects had an insatiable appetite. Exodus 10:15 states the locusts ate "every herb of the land and all the fruit of the trees" with the end result being there was nothing green on the trees or on the plants across Egypt.
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39 Moses is often seen as a righteous leader, savior of the Hebrew people, the writer of the first five books of the Bible, etc. However good and/or important Moses was, he got himself into trouble as well. In Numbers 20, Moses hit the rock and disobeyed God. How did He punish him?
Answer: God didn't allow Moses to enter the promised land.

The Israelites and their animals needed water. God told Moses to speak to the rock to bring water out of it, but he hit it instead. Although what he did still gave water, he was judged. Numbers 20:12 explains: "But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 'Because you have not believed Me, to treat Me as holy in the sight of the sons of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.'" (NASB)

According to the notes in my Keyword Study Bible, he not only had disbelief and rebellion, but he also wanted to take credit for the miracle, rather than let God take the credit. Possibly, the Israelites' complaining and speaking against Moses provoked him to commit the sin.

The promised land was Canaan.
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40 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?
Answer: 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."
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