Moses was born in Egypt when a royal edict required that every male Hebrew baby be cast into the Nile. However, his mother saved him from this fate by hiding him in a basket among the bulrushes. He was found by the Pharoah's daughter who raised him as her own. For forty years he lived like a prince in the Pharoah's palace until he killed an Egyptian who was beating a Hebrew slave and fled into the desert. He lived as a shepherd until he was eighty and encountered God through a burning bush. God instructed him to go to Egypt and free the Hebrews from slavery. When Moses expressed reluctance, God transformed his Shepherd's staff into a snake and told Moses to take it with him on his journey. Moses was successful in delivering the Hebrews from Egypt.