When Moses was a tiny baby, he was put in a
basket and floated down the Nile River. The King’s daughter saw the basket
stuck in tall grass in the water when she was playing by the water. She opened
the basket and found a little tiny baby. After giving the baby the name Moses,
she gave the baby to one of the Hebrew women to nurse him and care for him.
When Moses grew older, she took him to the pharaoh’s daughter and she took him
as his son.
As Moses grew a little earlier, he started to
become curious of where he was from. One day, he went out to where his people
were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating one of
his own people and it made him extremely confused and upset. Moses killed the
Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
When Pharaoh heard of this, he
tried to kill Moses, but he fled and went to live in Midian. While he was
there, he got married and had a child. During that long period, the Pharaoh
died and Egypt adopted a new king. The Israelites continued to cry out for help
and God finally answered their prayers.
God sent Moses to confront the Pharaoh
and give him this message;
“The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to say to you: Let my people go,
so that they may worship me in the wilderness. But until now you have not
listened. With the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water of the
Nile, and it will be changed into blood. The fish in the Nile will die and the
river will stink’
the Egyptians will not be able to drink its water. This is how you will know it
is the Lord.”
Then Moses took his staff and
touched the waters of the Nile just like the Lord had told him to, and then everything
turned to blood. This was the first plague; the plague of blood. The next plague was the
plague of frogs. Jehovah caused frogs to come up out of the Nile River and they
flooded people’s beds, houses, and land. When they died, the land stank with
The third plague was the plague of
gnats where dust turned into gnats and they bit everyone and they were
everywhere. The Lord still tried to convince the Pharaoh that he should let the
Israelites go, but Pharaoh was not easily persuaded.
The next plagues included flies,
livestock, boils, and hail. Flies swarmed into the Egyptians houses and ruined the
land. In the plague of livestock, all of the animals of the Egyptians died, but
the animals belonging to the Israelites were untouched. Next, Moses and Aaron
took ashes and threw them into the air which caused horrible sores on the
people, this was
the plague of boils. After that, the plague of hail was upon the Egyptians.
When Moses raised his hand toward the sky, Jehovah sent thunder and hail,
destroying a lot. This was the seventh plague.
The eight plague was the plague of
Locusts. They swarmed the land and devoured everything that the hail had not
yet destroyed. The ninth plague was of darkness. For three days, no one could
see anyone else or move anywhere for three days where total darkness covered all of Egypt. Even
still, the Pharaoh’s heart was so hard that he would not listen.
The final plague was the plague on
the firstborn. The Lord said to Moses, “I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh
and on Egypt. After that, he will let you go from here, and when he does, he
will drive you out completely.” God told his people to sprinkle the blood of a
young goat or sheep on their doorposts which meant that they were safe from
this plague. At midnight, Moses walked about Egypt where every firstborn son
died. From the firstborn son of Pharaoh to all the firstborn of the cattle,
loud wailing and grief passed throughout Egypt. After that, God’s people were
ready to go, and they started their march out of Egypt.