Moses is one of the most famous personages in the Bible. Born to the tribe of Levi, third son of Jacob about 350 years after Jacob and his sons went down into Egypt, Moses lived a life that bore witness to the amazing power of God. The adventure began when he was born. All newborn male children were under threat of death. Moses's mother Jochebed, and his sister Miriam, put him in a waterproof basket and hid it among the reeds along the Nile where it was found by Pharoah's daughter when she went to bathe.
(Pharoah's daughter) opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. "This is one of the Hebrew babies," she said.
Then his sister asked Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?"
"Yes, go," she answered. And the girl went and got the baby's mother. Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you." So the woman took the baby and nursed him. When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh's daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, "I drew him out of the water."
When Moses was forty years old, he spied an Egyptian beating up a Hebrew slave and in a fit of anger, slew the man. The misadventure forced him to flee into the desert of Sinai to escape the wrath of an enraged Pharoah. In Midan, he married Zipporah, the daughter of a priest Jethro, after rescuing her from some boisterous shepherds.
Another forty years later, God appeared to Moses in a burning bush.
The LORD said, "I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey-the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. And now 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." (Genesis 3:7-10)
A stunned Moses protested, but his arguments were over ridden by God who sent him on his way. And thus began the Exodus, where God delivered Israel from Egypt (after a series of ten divinely ordained punishments!), established her as a chosen nation and gave her his covenant in the Ten Commandments.
Moses, who received the Ten Commandments - twice, because he smashed the first set when he noticed the Israelites frolicking at the bottom of Mount Sinai - also directed the constuction of the Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant. His other credits include authorship of the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible.
Moses died aged 120, before he could enter the Promised Land. He made a final appearance in the Bible when he appeared along with Elijah in the Transfiguration of Jesus.