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04 September 2005
  Holy Moses!

Q: Who is the world record-holding chiropracter?
A: Moses. He dealt with a million stiff-necked people.


10 CommandmentsToday we commemorate Moses, who was born in Egypt several generations after Joseph brought his father Jacob and his brothers there to escape a famine in the land of Canaan.

Jacob's descendants, enslaved by the Egyptians, were ordered to kill their male children. When Moses was born his mother put him in a basket and set it afloat in the Nile River, where Pharaoh’s daughter found him and raised by her as her own son (Ex 2:1-10). At age 40 Moses killed an Egyptian taskmaster and fled to Midian, where he worked as a shepherd for forty years.

Then the Lord called him to go back to Egypt and tell Pharaoh, “Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness” (5:1). After a series of plagues, the Israelites celebrated the first Passover, Pharaoh capitulated and Moses led them out. At the Red Sea the Egyptian army was destroyed and the Israelites passed to safety on dry land (Ex 12-15). At Mount Sinai they were given the Law and erected the Tabernacle (Ex 19-40). Because of disobedience, they had to wander in the wilderness for forty years. Moses himself was not allowed to enter the Promised Land, although God allowed him to view it (Deut 34).

In the New Testament Moses is referred to as lawgiver and prophet. The first five books of the Bible are attributed to him.
 
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