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Exodus 2:1-3 "And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. And the woman conceived and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein: and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink."

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Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible. He did not go into a lot of detail about his parents, even leaving out their names. We learn later that their names were Amram and Jochebed. Moses simply describes them both as being from the tribe of Levi. This tribe would later become the priestly tribe of Israel. When Jochebed saw her beautiful, healthy baby boy she could not kill him so she hid him. She was able to keep him hidden for 3 months but it must have been hard to keep him quiet. If the Egyptians heard him crying they would have killed him. So she made a little bed for him, waterproofed it and put him in the flags by the river's brink. He was not put out in the river but up in the wet grassy bank; his sister was placed nearby to make sure no harm came to him. I think Jochebed probably knew Pharaoh's daughter came to this very spot to bathe and most likely she knew the exact time she would be coming. What she was hoping for happened. When the Princess saw the beautiful baby, she couldn't have him killed either so she decided to adopt him. Moses' sister was sent to find a Hebrew woman to nurse him and, of course, brought back her own mother. This was perhaps planned, also. Not only did Jochebed save her son's life but she got paid to care for her own child, although she had to give him up later. God's plan for the future leader of the Hebrew nation had begun. Even though Moses was raised as an Egyptian Prince, educated in the palace and trained as an Egyptian, he was still a Hebrew. This chapter spans about a 40 year period. Moses' life is divided into three 40 year peroids. The first was his training as an Egyptian, the second his training in the desert and the third was as the leader of the Israelites.

Moses was about 40 years old when he was out walking one day and saw another Hebrew being beaten by an Egyptian. He killed the guard. After checking to make sure no one had seen him, he buried the body in the sand. The next day he saw two Hebrews fighting. When he tried to stop them they asked if he was going to kill them like he had the Egyptian. Pharaoh found out about the murder and was going to have Moses killed, so he fled into the desert. The next 40 years would be spent preparing to lead Israel out of Egypt.

Moses came to a well in Midian where the priest's 7 daughters also came to draw water. When the shepherds tried to drive them away, Moses stood up and helped them. They told their father who called him in to eat with them. Moses wound up marrying the priest's daughter, Zipporah. They had a son and named him Gershom. Meanwhile, the groanings of the children of Israel came to God's attention and He remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God had promised He would deliver the Israelites from bondage and He was getting a man ready to do just that. He has also promised to deliver us from bondage. All we have to do is accept His plan for our deliverence.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

How do you think Pharaoh found out about Moses' crime?
Do you think that maybe God sometimes has to take drastic measures to get us where he needs us to be!

Think how hard this second period in Moses' life must have been for him. God had a plan for him to lead Israel out of Egypt and he was living in the desert preparing for this very big job but he didn't know it. All he knew was he had led a life of ease in Egypt and was now living alone in the desert: for forty years! The next time you are going through a desert remember this. Maybe God is working a plan in your life, also!


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