Moses is considered the greatest prophet in the Old Testament. No wonder, because in his lifetime, he encountered God in a burning bush, parted the Red Sea, and received the Ten Commandments twice directly from the hand of God. On top of that, he authored the first five books of the Bible. That is why, even at this time, Israeli Jews look up to Moses.
But, do you know that the meaning of Moses’ name foreshadowed his impact on God’s chosen people? And we can only discover that by understanding its authentic Hebrew meaning.
As we observe in the Bible times, giving names for their child is essential. Most biblical names record their parent’s reaction to their birth or how they were born or a prophetic declaration about their child. And in the case of Moses, it was all of the reasons.
It was written in Exodus 2:10, saying, “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.”
Moshe And Meshitihu
Moses’ biological mother was not able to give him a name after three months of his birth. Or she may have given him a name that was not recorded in the Bible. Whatever the case, the Pharaoh’s daughter was the one who gave him the name Moses. She called him Moses because she drew him out of the waters in the Nile River.
Moses might be too out of place for its meaning in the English translation, “drew him out of the water.” But, when we read from the original Hebrew, it is called Moshe, and “draw him out” is meshitihu from the root word, masha.
So, how does his name meaning prophecy his contribution to the Israelis? Just like how he was drawn out from the waters, he, too, will draw the Israelis out of their slavery in Egypt.
Reference: Youtube | Israel Institue of Biblical Studies