Son of a King and a Fugitive – Exodus 2

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Moses wins the battle

The Birth of the Deliverer

A man from the household of Levi married a woman who was a descendant of Levi. The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a healthy child, she hid him for three months. But when she was no longer able to hide him, she took a papyrus basket for him and sealed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and set it among the reeds along the edge of the Nile. His sister stationed herself at a distance to find out what would happen to him.

Then the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself by the Nile, while her attendants were walking alongside the river, and she saw the basket among the reeds. She sent one of her attendants, took it, opened it, and saw the child—a boy, crying!—and she felt compassion for him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”

Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get a nursing woman for you from the Hebrews, so that she may nurse the child for you?” Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Yes, do so.” So the young girl went and got the child’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child and nurse him for me, and I will pay your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him.

10 When the child grew older she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “Because I drew him from the water.”

The Presumption of the Deliverer

11 In those days, when Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and observed their hard labor, and he saw an Egyptian man attacking a Hebrew man, one of his own people. 12 He looked this way and that and saw that no one was there, and then he attacked the Egyptian and concealed the body in the sand. 13 When he went out the next day, there were two Hebrew men fighting. So he said to the one who was in the wrong, “Why are you attacking your fellow Hebrew?”

14 The man replied, “Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? Are you planning to kill me like you killed that Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid, thinking, “Surely what I did has become known.” 15 When Pharaoh heard about this event, he sought to kill Moses. So Moses fled from Pharaoh and settled in the land of Midian, and he settled by a certain well.

16 Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came and began to draw water and fill the troughs in order to water their father’s flock. 17 When some shepherds came and drove them away, Moses came up and defended them and then watered their flock. 18 So when they came home to their father Reuel, he asked, “Why have you come home so early today?” 19 They said, “An Egyptian man rescued us from the shepherds, and he actually drew water for us and watered the flock!” 20 He said to his daughters, “So where is he? Why in the world did you leave the man? Call him, so that he may eat a meal with us.”

21 Moses agreed to stay with the man, and he gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage. 22 When she bore a son, Moses named him Gershom, for he said, “I have become a resident foreigner in a foreign land.”

23 During that long period of time the king of Egypt died, and the Israelites groaned because of the slave labor. They cried out, and their desperate cry because of their slave labor went up to God. 24 God heard their groaning, God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob, 25 God saw the Israelites, and God understood….

Due to the time span covered in the Bible, amazing things happen with the turn of each page.

Joseph passing away left the Egyptians all excited with the possibilities of a God fearing people and God’s miracles. With time and the passing of Pharaohs and kings; some serious reproduction, emigration of the Hebrews, lead to a huge Hebrew population. The Egyptians began to fear the Hebrews would take over. Imagine all these people crossing the borders, obtaining social services, and absorbing the jobs. This was a real threat to the Egyptians and they had to do something about it. After appealing to king, the order was to kill babies born as boys, and to put the Hebrews in slavery where they could be comfortably watched, and not competing for jobs that self respecting Egyptians should have. This two prong approach seemed to be working; then, along came Moses.

Like Joseph, God chose a new earthling to be the new diplomat in charge of saving the Hebrews. This time the Egyptians raise him from a baby under extraordinary circumstances. This baby is like a Trojan horse sent from God to free the Hebrews at all cost. The Egyptians sense the threat in Moses when he kills an errant slave master. Moses realizes he is subject to capital punishment. Moses then has to get out of town before the punishment is executed.

Moses, just can’t stay out of trouble

First stop he makes is at a well, and like the slave master he killed, he sees shepherds abusing seven young ladies who are trying to water their animals. He defends them, does their work, and lets them go. The father hears of this and is disturbed that they don’t thank him, and orders them to do fetch him, and to thank him, and allows Moses to live with them. He just let a man into his house who has a violent criminal record. What was he thinking? The next think we hear, Moses is trapped by one of the seven daughters into marriage and the poor guy ends up pregnant and gives birth to a son. This where two fools met. Until now Moses was a free fugitive, now he has to balance his criminal activities with family life.

I don’t know if every action in life of Moses was planned by God, or God just ran with what Moses did and succeeded in spite of Moses. Don’t miss the rest of this story, God trains a man to serve him, rescues as race of man, and defies physics at nearly every step.

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