WHAT LANGUAGE DID MOSES SPEAK?
It was recorded in Exodus chapter two that a woman was pregnant and gave birth to a son. On seeing how unique and godly the child was, she hid him for three months. Then, when she could no longer hide him, she took an ark of bulrushes and daubed it with slime, pitch and placed the child therein. Finally, she laid the child in the flags by the river’s brink.
Pharaoh’s daughter came to wash at the river with her maidens in tow. She saw the ark among the flags. She sent her maid to fetch it. She opened it. Behold, she saw the child. The baby wept. She had compassion for him. And she said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”
The baby’s sister, who had stood afar off, waited to see what would be done to him. She saw the Pharaoh’s daughter pick up the baby. She said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall we go and call thee a nurse of the Hebrew women that may nurse the child for thee?” And the Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, “Go.” So she went and called the child’s mother.
Pharaoh’s daughter said unto the child’s mother, “Take this child away and nurse it for me. I will give thee thy wages”. And the woman took the child and nursed it.
At first, Moses was nursed by his mother. She breastfed him. Being Hebrew, she probably spoke Hebrew to him. We would not know what age the baby was then.
After Moses was weaned, his mother brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter. And he became her son. Pharaoh’s daughter named him Moses. She said, “Because I drew him out of water.”
In Pharaoh’s lineage, Egyptian was the spoken language. Moses was taught the Egyptian language as well. Moses had known that he was Hebrew. And not Egyptian. Then the Hebrew custom was to nurse babies for up to four years. Since his mother nursed him, his family had plenty of time before he was returned to the Pharaoh’s daughter.
After Moses had grown, he went to his brethren. He looked at their burdens. He saw one Hebrew being smitten by an Egyptian. So he slew the Egyptian and buried his corpse. Moses also read and wrote in Hebrew.
Also, during his education, Moses learned that he was Hebrew and his sense of concern and curiosity urged him to visit his people.
GOD SPOKE TO MOSES
Around the 10th century BC, a couple of hundred years later, the Hebrew language became distinct from the Canaanite. And Moses’ lineage spoke and wrote in the Hebrew language. Moses was bilingual. He spoke Hebrew, the language of his origin, and Egyptian, the language he learned in the house of Pharaoh.
Many scholars and the scriptures used Hebrew as their language. Then, the Hebrew language was modified to Aramaic. That is the language they used to communicate with God. The language spoken daily by Jesus was Aramaic.
Over 2,000 times in the Old Testament, there are phrases such as “And God spoke to Moses” and “the word of the Lord came to Moses.”
The Lord spoke to Moses face-to-face in Exodus chapter 33:11 as a man speaks to his friend. Since the language used to communicate with God was Hebrew, and Moses understood Hebrew, God spoke to Moses in the Hebrew language.
HOW THE LORD SPOKE TO MOSES
As a shepherd in the desert, Moses lived peacefully until the day the bush was aflame. The bush did not burn even though it was on fire. Moses, curious about why the bush wasn’t burning, turned to look at the bush.
And when the Lord saw that he had caught Moses’ attention, God called Moses from within the bush. Moses! Moses! And Moses replied, “Here I am.” God told him not to draw close to the ground. The Lord commanded him to pull off his shoes because “For the place whereon thou stands is holy ground.”
The Lord said unto Moses that I am the God of Abraham and Sarah. Then God said to Moses, “I have seen the suffering of the people of Israelites in the land of Egypt. So I want you to lead them into a land of freedom and save them from suffering.” So God told Moses to go to Pharaoh and tell him to let “my people go.”
Moses gave an excuse. He said he was a nobody. He said he was inadequate to do what God asked him to do. But God told Moses that he would certainly be with him.