Function Order: Se-Fi-Te-Ni

Moses is all about living in the moment—we first meet him racing a chariot and destroying their newest pyramid (though he admits his mistake to their father, in order to get Ramses out of trouble). Next, he drops a skein of wine on the heads of the passing priests for fun. He helps a captured girl escape by sending the guards to his room, then follows her, encounters Mirium, hears the truth about his parentage, and goes immediately to investigate by looking at the temple paintings. Seeing a slave being beaten, he reacts without thinking—and knocks the man to his death off the scaffold, where he promptly flees Egypt, wanders through the desert, helps out a couple of girls at a well, and then immediately makes his home among the nomad desert tribe. He does not question God’s plagues so much as stand behind them, and react to them as they happen, always begging Ramses to turn away. His emotions are very inward—as Aaron accuses him, he doesn’t care about the slaves or their needs until he finds out he is “one of them.” It has to be personal before it matters to him! And then, he lives a life away from them, choosing not to think about their suffering, until God sends him back to them. Moses doesn’t talk about his feelings easily, but also doesn’t back down when Ramses tries to change his mind—he refuses to let Ramses cover up his murder, and flees instead. He stands by God’s demand to “let my people go,” even when the consequences are dire for the Egyptians. He is able to be firm in those convictions, even when it forces him to see others get hurt. Moses shows no Ni throughout the story; it’s not his vision for his people, but God’s!

Enneagram:6w7 so/sp

Moses has a lot of tension between being a carefree, irresponsible young man who wants to run away from his problems (his 7 wing) and his super-ego-based desire to admit to his mistakes, own up to them (confessing that he got Ramses in trouble, and urging their father to give him another chance), and do what’s right by others. We see self-doubt in his disbelief that he should be chosen by God to perform “wonders” in Egypt (he asks God to send someone else, but then submits to his authority). He has constant doubts and regrets about bringing the plagues to Egypt, and tries to convince his “brother” Ramses to give in and release the slaves. It burdens him when Ramses does not, and loses his son instead. He also runs away from Egypt, because he has killed someone and fears the consequences—despite Ramses informing him that it doesn’t matter, and he won’t get into trouble for it, since Ramses will tell them not to bother prosecuting him for it. His 7 wing is playful, mischievous, and known for causing trouble. He’s forever putting Ramses up to things that earn them both condemnation from the priests, and making jokes about things. He also doesn’t always want to face up to his responsibilities and mistakes, and tries to run away from them—denying that what Mirium has told him is true, and not initially wanting to return to Egypt—he’s ignoring the fact that his own people are enslaved until God forces him to take action.

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