Archive for July 29th, 2011

Exodus 2

Exodus 2 has the very familiar story of God’s way to keep his servant in the picture.  All boys were to be killed, but a son was born and hid for three months before he could no longer be kept hidden.  His mother then took a “basket made of bulrushes….put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank”.  She was trying to find a way to keep her son safe.  She then asks his older sister to watch from the river bank and be sure he was safe.  So far seems like a good plan – but then God gets involved and makes it a great plan.

By chance “the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river….saw the basket….took it….opened it….saw the child….took pity on him”.  By chance – or not.  God had a plan – and it worked as designed.  Of course this was only the first part of the plan.  Since his sister was watching from the bank – she came to Pharaoh’s daughter and asked “shall I go and call you a nurse” and of course was sent to do so.  Guess who she went and got – his mother – and Pharaoh’s daughter told here to “take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages”.  So not only was the baby safe, but mom is getting paid to take care of him.  That is a pretty good plan.

When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses”.  Moses has been raised by his mom although he became Pharaoh’s daughters son.  Then comes a turning point in his life.  While he was minding his own business “he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew….he looked this way and that, and seeing no one, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand”.  No matter how you want to look at it – Moses murdered this Egyptian.  And the bad news was that although he thought is was done in private, he soon found out it was anything but private.  The next day in fact, “two Hebrews were struggling….he said to the man in the wrong, “Why do you strike your companion….Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” So this creates some real problems for Moses.

When Pharaoh heard of it, he sought to kill Moses….but Moses fled”.  He was out in the land of Midian and came upon some shepherds who were picking on the dauthters of the priest of Midian.  That nets him a wife – Zipporah who was given him by he father as Moses was invited to stay with them.  She has a son called Gershom.  But things were getting worse for the Israelites.  “The people of Israel groaned because of  their slavery and cried out for help….Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God….God heard their groaning….God saw the people of Israel – and God knew”.  Moses life was protected by God because he was a man for a very big job.  He certainly wasn’t a perfect man – he was a murderer and hunted by the king.  But God has a plan and we will see him used of God!

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