FROM THE PULPIT: Even Moses made excuses to God

Published: Monday, September 16, 2013 at 02:00 PM.

Editor’s Note: This story about Moses, his excuses and God’s replies continues in the Sept. 21 edition.

The story I’m about to share with you is from the Bible — with some humor tossed in. It’s divided into three parts.

Moses was born when the Egyptians enslaved the Hebrew people and killed off their first-born males. To protect him, Moses’ mother placed him in a waterproof basket and sent him up the river.

The basket was found by the Pharaoh’s daughter, who took Moses and raised him as her own. Moses’ own mother wound up being his nursemaid.

His real mother was there to raise him, nurture him, and teach him the Hebrew people’s ways. As Moses grew, he was told to keep his heritage a secret. 

As a young adult, Moses developed quite a temper. One day, he witnessed an Egyptian guard beating a Hebrew slave and killed the batterer. He didn’t think anyone had seen him so he dragged the body out of view and buried it.

A couple of days later, Moses saw two Hebrews arguing with each other. He went over to them and told them to stop. And one of them turned to him and said, “Why, are you going to kill us just like you did the Egyptian?”

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