Moses is considered an important prophet for Jews, Christians, and Muslims. How come?
Primarily because Allah gave Moses the Torah, and Moses saved the Israelites from Pharaoh. He even pointed towards the prophet that would save mankind from their sins. So, the story of Prophet Moses is incredibly important for us today!
What is the story of Prophet Moses? It’s true that Moses is often mentioned in the Quran. But for the complete story, we need to read the Torah and Gospels. Then we will know why Moses is important for us.
Allah Protected Moses When He Was Little
At the time Moses was born, the Egyptians enslaved the Israelites and treated them harshly, even killing their boys.
“. . . Pharaoh exalted himself in the land . . . oppressing a sector among them, slaughtering their [newborn] sons . . .” (Qs 28:4).
When Moses was born, he should have been killed by the Egyptians. However, Allah protected him. Moses’ mother put him in a basket. Then Pharaoh’s daughter saved him and raised him because she felt compassion on him.
When Moses was grown, his heart broke for how the Egyptians treated the Israelites. One day Moses saw an Egyptian beating an Israelite. Moses was so enraged he killed the Egyptian. Then he fled out of fear of being punished.
Even though Moses committed a major sin, Allah still called him to be a prophet. What do you think of that? Answer here.
One day Moses was watching his flock when he saw a burning bush. But it wasn’t consumed. Allah spoke to Moses:
“. . . I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land . . . I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt” (Torah, Exodus 3:8, 10).
Moses obeyed Allah.
Ten Plagues in Egypt
Moses was 80 years old when he went to Egypt to save the Israelites. Moses demanded that Pharaoh let the Israelites go free. But Pharaoh refused.
Every time Pharaoh refused Allah sent a plague as a sign. Allah sent 10 plagues because Pharaoh wouldn’t listen. Some of the plagues included turning the Nile River into blood; sending many locusts, gnats, frogs, and flies; killing livestock; boils; hail; and darkness.
The worst plague was the final one. An angel would kill every firstborn in Egypt. But there was one way to save the children. How?
Allah Saved the Israelites Twice
To save their firstborn child, the family had to sacrifice a lamb without blemish. Then they had to put the blood on the doorposts and lintel of the house.
“The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you . . .” (Torah, Exodus 12:13).
So, the blood of the lamb saved them. Please contact us if you’re confused on how the lamb’s blood could save someone.
Finally, Pharaoh agreed to let the Israelites leave. However, shortly after that, Pharaoh’s heart changed. So Pharaoh took soldiers and chased after the Israelites. But Allah had promised to save them.
“. . . Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and . . . the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground . . .” Then, “The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen; of all the host of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea, not one of them remained” (Torah, Exodus 14:21-22, 28).
Allah saved the Israelites again.
Allah Gave Moses the Torah
After that, Allah called Moses to the top of a mountain. There Allah gave him the law that the Israelites should follow. Including don’t kill, commit adultery, steal, or worship idols.
Moses Spoke Directly with Allah
Muslims and Christians agree that Moses spoke directly with Allah. “Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend . . .” (Torah, Exodus 33:11). Would you like to talk with Allah? Contact us to learn how.
Moses Pointed People to Isa Al-Masih
The story of Prophet Moses pointed the Israelites and points us to Isa Al-Masih. Why?
First, Moses prophesied about Isa: “I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers [Israelites]. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him” (Torah, Deuteronomy 18:18).
Second, the Gospels explain that the lamb that saved the Israelites from death points us to a second Lamb. This Lamb can save us not only from physical death, but also eternal death. Who is this Lamb?
“The next day he saw Jesus [Isa Al-Masih] coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God [Allah], who takes away the sin of the world!” (Gospels, John 1:29).
Isa Al-Masih is able to cleanse us and save us from our sins and the punishment we deserve. How?
Isa was called the Lamb of God and was put to death. His blood saves us just like the lamb’s blood saved the Israelites. Put your faith in Isa Al-Masih today so you can be saved from Allah’s wrath forever!
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