Why God's People Left Their
people had lived for a long time in a land that was ruled by a wicked
king. This country was Egypt, and its ruler was King Pharaoh. The Egyptian
people and their ruler worshiped idols. The Israelites, who were God's
people, knew that the true God is not like an idol.
and by King Pharaoh became afraid of the Israelites because they were so
many. He began to treat them cruelly. He compelled them to work very hard,
and often he had them beaten because they could not do as much work as he
demanded of them.
the Israelites could no longer enjoy their beautiful homes in Egypt, for
the king had made them unhappy and fearful of him. They knew he might be
planning even more cruel ways to treat them. So they began to cry to God
to help them. They believed the true God cared for them and that he could
save them from the power of the wicked king.
one day a man named Moses came to the Israelites and said, "God in
heaven has heard your prayers. He has even seen your tears. Now he has
sent me to lead you out of this land of Egypt to another country. There
King Pharaoh can no longer harm you."
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