From the moment of Moses' formal installation in the palace as the princess's adopted son, the Moses Story passes directly to the moment when, four decades later, he espoused his own peoples' downtrodden cause. Brought up in the highest rank among the Egyptians, Moses must have spent much of his life at their captial of Memphis on the banks of the lower Nile. All the remarkable "wisdom" of the Egyptians was open to him, and we are assured that he gathered all, including the secret knowledge of the priesthood, which enabled them to do wonders that seemed miraculous in common eyes. It seems likely that Moses was a vigorous and powerful chieftain and a successful general in the Egyptian wars. It is certain that he held a high position at the court of Pharaoh. Then he deliberately abandoned all his power to cast his lot with that of the Israelites.
It was from no imperative command of God that Moses first took up the cause of the Israelites. It was an act done by the man himself. The Bible tells us that that he "went out unto his bretheren, and looked on their burdens." Doubtless he often talked with them, perhaps even appealed to Pharaoh in an effort to alleviate their suffereing. Then one day, as the Moses story is told in Exodus, he saw an Egyptian ill-treating an unfortunate Hebrew. When his pleas to the Egyptian went unheeded, Moses slew the oppressor. Moses became marked for Death by Pharaoh, but he knew his danger and fled, becoming a fugitive and an exile.
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