Exodus 2:11 11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. 12 Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?”14 The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.”
15 When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well.I
20 “At that time Moses was born, and he was no ordinary child. For three months he was cared for by his family. 21 When he was placed outside, Pharaoh’s daughter took him and brought him up as her own son. 22 Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action.
23 “When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his own people, the Israelites. 24 He saw one of them being mistreated by an Egyptian, so he went to his defense and avenged him by killing the Egyptian. 25 Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not. 26 The next day Moses came upon two Israelites who were fighting. He tried to reconcile them by saying, ‘Men, you are brothers; why do you want to hurt each other?’
27 “But the man who was mistreating the other pushed Moses aside and said, ‘Who made you ruler and judge over us? 28 Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’ 29 When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons.
24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.
The above Scriptures tells us about Moses’ life after being found by Pharaoh’s daughter. It reveals the beauty of the Old Testament and New Testament Scripture working together to reveal Truth. The best commentary on the Bible is the Bible. So let’s see what we know about Moses’ life:
- At the age of 3 months, Moses was found on a river bank by Pharaoh’s daughter and she took him to the palace to live
- Moses’ mother was hired to nurse him
- He most-likely spoke both Egyptian and Hebrew because he was known as “the son of Pharaoh’s daughter” and his mother’s influence in his early years
- Moses was educated in ALL the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action
- When Moses grew up, by faith he identified with Hebrews and refused to known as the son Pharaoh’s daughter
We will discuss it further tomorrow but just a quick focus on the last statement. By faith, Moses identified with the Hebrews. BY FAITH…you see, he was given a fine secular education but his mom had to have taught him faith as she told the stories of her and Moses’ father’s faith.
I sure she told Moses the story of the Hebrew people being forced into slavery. How the king ordered that all male babies be killed and how they hid Moses for three months, and how they had placed Moses on the river bank trusting God to save him.
Can’t you just hear her telling Moses the story of how God had sent someone to the rescue, Pharaohs daughter and his sister’s role in it? Surely, she told the irony of Moses being raised in the palace by his own mother, a Hebrew slave. NOBODY BUT THE LORD!
I believe she shared with Moses her personal journey of faith…the questions for us today:
- Are you (and I) sharing our personal journey of faith with our children and family?
- How about sowing a legacy of faith to your children and family?
- Name three specific ways that you are doing so.
- In what ways are you helping your children identify their purpose and gifts?
Moses’ mom had helped Moses to know and understand God’s calling on his life. We know this by Acts 7:25, “Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not.” This lets us know that Moses realized his purpose…let’s discuss on tomorrow.
“Sing to the LORD a new song, for He has done marvelous things;
His right hand and His holy arm have worked salvation for Him.“
“Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently,
so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen
and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life;
but make them known to your sons and your grandsons.