He carries in his hand the "rod of God ", a symbol of the fearlessness with which he is to act in performing signs and wonders in the presence of a hardened, threatening monarch.His confidence waxes strong, but he is uncircumcised, and God meets him on the way and fain would kill him.Rabbinical literature teems with legends touching every event of his marvellous career: taken singly, these popular tales are purely imaginative, yet, considered in their cumulative force, they vouch for the reality of a grand and illustrious personage, of strong character, high purpose, and noble achievement, so deep, true, and efficient in his religious convictions as to thrill and subdue the minds of an entire race for centuries after his death.The Bible furnishes the chief authentic account of this luminous life. In Ex., ii, 10, a derivation from the Hebrew Mashah (to draw) is implied.To deny or to doubt the historic personality of Moses, is to undermine and render unintelligible the subsequent history of the Israelites.
The event furnishes the theme of the thrilling canticle of Moses.
Pharaoh softens at times but never sufficiently to meet the demands of Moses without restrictions.
He treasures too highly the Hebrew labour for his public works. The Hebrews, forewarned by Moses, celebrate the first Pasch or Phase with their loins girt, their shoes on their feet, and staves in their hands, ready for rapid escape.
A bush there flaming unburned attracts him, but a miraculous voice forbids his approach and declares the ground so holy that to approach he must remove his shoes.
The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob designates him to deliver the Hebrews from the Egyptian yoke, and to conduct them into the "land of milk and honey", the region long since promised to the seed of Abraham, the Palestine of later years.