Exodus 2

Exodus 2 has the birth of Moses.  Remember that Pharaoh has ordered all boys born to be killed.  When Moses was born, his mom “she hid him for three months”.  Noble idea – hiding a baby – but it wasn’t going to work out as a long term strategy.  It’s pretty hard to keep a crying, growing young boy under the radar.  They tend to make their presence known.  “When she could hide him no longer, she got him a wicker basket and covered it over with tar and pitch. Then she put the child into it and set it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile”.

As chance would have it, or not really chance at all, “the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the Nile….and she saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid, and she brought it to her”.  This wasn’t an accident.  It is how God works.  He orchestrates things together to accomplish His plan.  Moses was central to God’s plan for His people.  And who better to rescue this boy than Pharaoh’s daughter.  “When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the boy was crying. And she had pity on him”.

Wisely, Moses’ mom had his sister standing at a distance watching what would happen.  When Moses was plucked from the river, the sister came and asked if they might need a nurse to care for the baby, and when they said yes, she went and “called the child’s mother”.  Moses grew under the care of his mom and was adopted as Pharaoh’s daughter’s son.  Moses became a young man and witnessed an Egyptian beating one of his Hebrew brethren, and he killed the offender and buried him in the sand.  Later he saw two Hebrews fighting and stepped in to stop the fight, and realized they knew what he had done.

Word got out and Pharaoh “tried to kill Moses”.  But Moses got away and settled in Midian.  There he met seven daughters of Reuel.  He protected them at the well when they came to water their flock and the other shepherds were trying to drive them away.  He got invited to their home, then to dwell with them and was given Zipporah to be his wife.  And they have a son named Gershom.  During this time the king of Egypt died, and the bondage continues for the people of Israel.  They cry out and God hears their plea for help.

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