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Here-o’s. Not Just For Breakfast Anymor

How would you describe a hero? Is someone a hero if they save an angry cat with rabies from a tree? We’ll get back to this later.

My definition of a hero is someone who dedicates their life to a cause. They probably don’t do it for money, even if they get it on the way. That shouldn’t be the cause for their heroism.

Using the above definition, is the guy who saved the cat a hero? Well, not really. True, he didn’t save the cat for money, but he didn’t dedicate his life to saving that cat from the tree.

You could also add to the hero definition, determination, patience, and helping a whole lot of people.

Who can you think of that this all applies to?

The classic story of a hero had five very important parts. I’ll use King Arthur to demonstrate.

They had to have a special birth. For King Arthur, his mom didn’t know she was sleeping with someone other than her husband. Thanks to Merlin.

They had to have a special destiny. King Arthur’s pretty much was to become King and stop people from destroying each other.

They usually go out on one quest, or many. Arthur had many quests. Read about them in your local library.

They earn some sort of reward. King Arthur had lots of these, too. Guinevere, his wife, Excalibur, etc.

There death is special in some way. Arthur, well, you probably know about that, too.

The one person from ancient history who completes all of the above tasks, is….Moses.

Yeah. Moses from the bible.

He had a special birth. The Ruler of Egypt had the Israelites as slaves. He was naturally worried that their population would grow so large, that they would threaten the lives of his people, and eventually take over. The mother of Moses had just had her baby, when a law was passed that all the baby boys of the Israelites were to be killed on such and such a date.

Naturally worrying for her baby, Mom put Moses in a basket, and put him in the river. You probably know the rest of the story. The Pharaoh’s daughter is having a bath, she sees the basket, and Moses grows up it the palace. (With consent from his mother, of course).

Moses had a special destiny. He was to lead the newly freed Israelites to the Promised Land. How hard could herding thousands of people, their stuff, their livestock, and their complaining, through a desert be?

Moses had a quest. The quest. He actually took the task that God gave him, and lead the Israelites through the desert for forty years plus. How’s that for a life-long commitment?

He earned a reward. He is the only person in the history of everything who got to speak to God face to face. I would say that that would be a pretty good reward for forty years and more hard work.

His death was special. You see, the people of Israel were really thirsty. Well, they were in a desert. God told Moses to speak to a rock, and water would come out of it. Moses was angry at the people because of their constant complaining, so he struck the rock with his staff, instead of speaking to it.

Because of this, Moses wasn’t allowed to go into the promised land. He had to be content to see it from a distance. From a mountain.

While he was on the mountain, he died, and God buried him, so on one could ever find him. That in itself was pretty special.

Even though Moses has all of these literature Hero traits, would he be considered to be a modern hero?

Well, I would think that he would have to have lots of determination to lead thousands of people for as long as he did. That’s a hero trait.

In the bible, it’s recorded that Moses got tired of the Israelites constant complaining. He had to have a lot of patience to withstand as long as he did. Which was until the end of his life. That’s a hero trait.

Moses led the people of Israel for over forty years. This proves that he wasn’t just a part time hero. He was in for life. He pretty much dedicated his life to leading the Israelites. Once again, another hero trait.

He went above and beyond the call of duty. When the people were hungry, did he just say, ‘Oh, well, I can’t do anything about that. It’s my job to lead, not to feed you. Go eat some socks, or something.’

No.

He prayed to God to give them food. And he did. Hero trait? Yes.

The last, (but not least), hero trait that Moses had was that he wasn’t in it for the money. He probably got some things when they invaded other towns, and stuff, but was that his goal, no. He led the people of Israel, because God called him to. Not for any riches or anything.

If I were to go on, I could talk about his fearlessness, his selflessness and things like that, but I think that this has gone on long enough. It wasn’t supposed to be a speech. Too late now, I guess.

So?

Was Moses a hero?

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