A bush there flaming unburned attracts him, but a miraculous voice forbids his approach and declares the ground so holy that to approach he must remove his shoes.The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob designates him to deliver the Hebrews from the Egyptian yoke, and to conduct them into the "land of milk and honey", the region long since promised to the seed of Abraham, the Palestine of later years.Dauntlessly he hews down an Egyptian assailing one of them, and on the morrow tries to appease the wrath of two compatriots who were quarrelling. An act of rustic gallantry there secures for him a home with Raguel, the priest.
After forty years of shepherd life, Moses speaks with God. ) in the heart of the mountainous Sinaitic peninsula, he drives the flocks of Raguel for the last time.
Rabbinical literature teems with legends touching every event of his marvellous career: taken singly, these popular tales are purely imaginative, yet, considered in their cumulative force, they vouch for the reality of a grand and illustrious personage, of strong character, high purpose, and noble achievement, so deep, true, and efficient in his religious convictions as to thrill and subdue the minds of an entire race for centuries after his death.
The Bible furnishes the chief authentic account of this luminous life.
Of Levitic extraction, and born at a time when by kingly edict had been decreed the drowning of every new male offspring among the Israelites, the "goodly child" Moses, after three months' concealment, was exposed in a basket on the banks of the Nile.
An elder brother ( Exodus 7:7 ) and sister ( Exodus 2:4 ), Aaron and Mary (AV and RV, Miriam ), had already graced the union of Jochabed and Amram.