Exodus 2 : Baby Moses Saved

September 23, 2023 ·

Summary:
Moses, the central figure of this chapter, is born to his mother who endeavors to conceal him from the Egyptians. After three months, she can no longer keep him hidden, and resorts to placing him in a basket on the river. Moses’ sister watches over the basket and witnesses the Pharaoh’s daughter discovering him. Quick-thinking, she offers to find a Hebrew woman to nurse the child, which ultimately results in Moses’ own mother being chosen as his nurse.

As Moses grows older, he witnesses an Egyptian mistreating a Hebrew and, driven by anger, Moses kills the Egyptian in secret. The following day, he realizes that his act had been witnessed, prompting him to flee to Midian. There, he assists a group of girls and is taken in by their father, Reuel (also known as Jethro). Moses eventually marries one of the girls, Zipporah, and they have a son named Gershom. Meanwhile, the Israelites continue to endure the hardships of slavery.

Key verse:
24. And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.

My thoughts:
It is intriguing to note the parallel between Moses and Jesus, as both were born into circumstances where young boys were being targeted for harm. However, both Moses and Jesus miraculously managed to escape the fate intended for them. This parallel could be interpreted as a spiritual attempt to thwart the mission of both Moses and Jesus.

While Moses’ act of murder is unquestionably wrong, it does highlight his deep passion and devotion to his own people, the Hebrews, despite being raised in an Egyptian household. This demonstrates the complexity of Moses’ character and the fierce loyalty he felt towards his Hebrew heritage.

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