0 – Moses born 2 months premature (Exo_2:2 & Yasher 68)
3 – Puts Pharaoh’s crown on his head. (Yasher 70)
18 – Killed the Egyptian and hid him. (Exo_2:12 & Yasher 71 )
18 – Flees Egypt, goes to the king of Cush and fights for him for 9 years (Yasher 72)
27 – is 157th year of Israel’s seed in Egypt (Yasher 73)
66 – Left Cush (Yasher 76)
66 – Meets Reuel and his daughters (Yasher 76:16 & Exo_2:15)
66 – Reuel puts Moses in prison.
76 – Taken from prison, plucks the rod, marries Zipporah, and has Gershom and Eliezer (Yasher 77)
78 – Speaks with Yehovah on the mountain (Exo_4:1- & Yasher 79)
80 – Brings Israel’s seed out of Egypt (Exo_14:1- & Yasher 81)
120 -Moses dies (Deu_34:5-7 & Yasher 87:9-10)
Note: Moses timeline, like all my timelines, is formatted in such a way that, if you cut and paste them into your e-Sword, they will have live links for each Torah entry. I created a “topic” note (in my e-Sword) called “Moses timeline” for quick referral.
My previous understandings were less than useful. They went something like this. Moses lived with Pharaoh until he killed someone (no reason given) when he was 40. He then fled Egypt and immediately found and and married Zipporah and she bore him two sons. He was a shepherd for 40 years. And then went back to Egypt to deliver Israel from Pharaoh.
How lame is that? What did Moses actually do for 80 years of his life? Was he loved in the house of Pharaoh? By his princes? And their people? Did he visit his family and get to know them? Was he taught all of Israel’s ways and history? Did he know and love Yehovah? Why did he kill the Egyptian? Did he really keep sheep for 40 years? The book of Yasher answers all these questions and brings to light many things that Torah just does not make clear.
Balaam plays a pivotal role in the life of Moses as they both seek to kill one another. Balaam is no friend of Israel, Yehovah’s spiritually born men, and has many times tried to have them wiped from the face of the earth. It was Balaam who suggested to Pharaoh to have Israel’s sons, their seed, drowned in the river. It was Balaam who tried to have Moses killed when he (at 3 years of age) took the crown off Pharaoh’s head and put it on his own. And when Moses, now 17, hears what Balaam had done to His people and even himself as a boy, he seeks to kill Balaam.
Yasher 70:37 And they told him all the counsels which Balaam the son of Beor had counseled against them, and what he had also counseled against him in order to slay him when he had taken the king’s crown from off his head.
38 And when Moses heard these things his anger was kindled against Balaam, and he sought to kill him, and he was in ambush for him day by day.
39 And Balaam was afraid of Moses, and he and his two sons rose up and went forth from Egypt, and they fled and delivered their souls and betook themselves to the land of Cush to Kikianus, king of Cush.
40 And Moses was in the king’s house going out and coming in, Yehovah gave him favor in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants, and in the eyes of all the people of Egypt, and they loved Moses exceedingly.
But the day came that Moses saw something that was just too egregious to ignore and took matters into his own hands. He upheld Torah; but there is not enough room here to tell you that story.
After Moses flees Egypt he goes directly to the same place Balaam did; the land of Cush, to Kikianus, king of Cush. But when he arrives he finds that Balaam has betrayed the king (while he is off with his men fighting), fortified the city and took it for himself.
Yasher 72:22 And Moses was eighteen years old when he fled from Egypt from the presence of Pharaoh, and he fled and escaped to the camp of Kikianus, who at that time was besieging Cush.
23 And Moses was nine years in the camp of Kikianus king of Cush, all the time that they were besieging Cush, and Moses went out and came in with them.
24 And the king and princes and all the fighting men loved Moses, for he was great and worthy, his stature was like a noble lion, his face was like the sun, and his strength was like that of a lion, and he was counselor to the king.
For nine years Moses besieges the city with the king; and after his death Moses is made king in place of Kikianus. Moses then, with the wisdom of Yehovah His Elohim (lawmaker and judge), takes back the city. And when he does Balaam, his two sons and his 8 brothers go back to Pharaoh.
Yasher 73:28 And Balaam the magician, when he saw that the city was taken, he opened the gate and he and his two sons and eight brothers fled and returned to Egypt to Pharaoh, king of Egypt.
29 They are the sorcerers and magicians who are mentioned in the book of the Torah, standing against Moses when Yehovah brought the plagues upon Egypt.
I always enjoy reading this section of Yasher and find a new and special treasure each time I read it. Here it is for you today.
Moses Timeline 0-27 – 2E04 Exodus 2.16-20 and Yasher 71-75
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Also read – Moses Timeline – Ages 27 – 77 – Ephraim’s Dry Bones
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