The Holy Prophet Moses


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This information in gleaned from the Faith in Life Series from Ignatius Press and used to discuss the story of Moses as a prefigurement to Jesus Christ. It also discusses the holy oils used to anoint people in those times as well as with the sacraments today.

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The Holy Prophet Moses

  1. 1. The Holy Prophet Moses Faith in Life Series
  2. 2. Leading up to Moses • The Israelites arrived in Egypt when Joseph was in power. • The lived in Egypt for 400 years. • They became enslaved by a Pharaoh who had forgotten the relationship the Egyptians had with Joseph. • They were enslaved because they were blessed by God and great in numbers. Pharaoh feared that if a war happened, Egypt would not survive. • Pharaoh had a majority of the Hebrew men killed and allowed Egyptians to marry Hebrew women to gain rights to the land.
  3. 3. In Groups… • Exodus 2:1-10 • Exodus 2:11-25 • Exodus 3:1-22
  4. 4. Who is Yahweh? • God revealed His name to be Yahweh, which means “I Am.” God necessarily exists. • This points to the eternal nature of God who was, is and always will be. • This is the mystery expressed in the Glory Be.
  5. 5. Similarities Between Moses and Jesus Moses Jesus Saved the Israelites Savior of all mankind Shepherd The Good Shepherd Hebrews were slaves to the Eqyptians We are slaves to sin Led God’s people to freedom through the waters of the Red Sea Sets us free from sin by the waters of Baptism Gave the people God’s Law on Mount Sinai Fulfilled the Law especially with the Sermon on the Mount Led God’s people to the Promised Land Brings us to the true promised land: Heaven
  6. 6. The Promised Land • Why did the Israelites wander the desert for 40 years? • Why was Moses not allowed into the Promised Land? • Land and the great justice of God. • We will have to render an account for all our thoughts, words, deeds and omissions (all of our sins) to God. • Joshua led the Israelites into the Promised Land. • He was a man of great Faith in God. • Defended the Israelites against enemies. • Before his death, he gathered the Israelites and renewed the covenant with the Lord.
  7. 7. Holy Oils • Where do we get the use of Holy Oils? • During the time of the Prophet Samuel, Israel wanted a king, like other nations, to lead them. God instructed Samuel to anoint these kings with oil as a sign that they were chosen by God. • Today, we use: • The Oil of the Catechumens • Oil of the Sick • Oil of Chrism
  8. 8. Psalms • Psalms come from the word meaning “song”. • Psalms were beautiful songs accompanied on the harp. • Today we use piano or organs traditionally. • King David composed many psalms to praise God, to thank him, to ask him for help and to soothe wearied souls. • We still say/sing the Psalms at the Mass and in the Liturgy of the Hours.
  9. 9. Ten Commandments 1. I am the Lord your God, You shall not have strange gods before me. 2. You shall not take the Name of the Lord your God in vain. 3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day. 4. Honor your father and mother. 5. You shall not kill.
  10. 10. Ten Commandments 6. You shall not commit adultery. 7. You shall not steal. 8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. 10.You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.