Moses (Exodus chapters 1-2)
The Israelites became exceedingly numerous to the point that a new Pharaoh feared that the Israelites may overtake the Egyptians. So the Pharaoh gave this order, “Every boy that is born (to the Israelites) you must throw into the river, but let every girl live.” (1:22) When a boy was born to a Levite family, the mother placed him in a basket in the Nile river. Pharaoh’s daughter saw the basket, commissioned the baby’s mother to take care of the baby for a while, then raised the boy as her son. When he was older, Moses killed an Egyptian because he was beating a Hebrew. “When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian…” (2:15)
The Exodus out of Egypt-The Israelites
leave about 400 years after they came (Exodus chapters 3-15)
The Lord said to Moses, “…the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” (3:9) In chapters 3 & 4 Moses really questions God whether he is the right man for the job and gives several excuses! In chapters 5 through 12 Moses and Moses’ brother Aaron have a really difficult time convincing Pharaoh to let his people go; even with the help of the Lord in providing signs, numerous plagues and a Passover (all the first-born in Egypt died including livestock, but the Israelites who obeyed God’s command were spared—passed over). As the Israelites exited Egypt, the Egyptians pursued them. When they were blocked by the Red Sea, the Lord delivered them. The Lord told Moses, “Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.” (14:16)
Note: Moses may have written Job when he was in Midian.