Bible Study Notes on Exodus 2:1-10 – 20181015

WritingIIIExodus 2:1  “…man of the house of Levi…a daughter of Levi”
Moses’s parents.  Both of the house or descendants of Levi which God will choose to be the tribe of priests and ministers.

2  “So the woman conceived and bore a son…”
Makes it sound like this was their first child.  Will see in a moment that’s not the case.

2  “…she hid him three months”
Wonder how she did that.  Doesn’t say.  I’m guessing just kept him inside, never taking him out where he could be seen.

3  “…ark of bulrushes…laid it in the reeds by the river’s bank”
I’ve always thought this was to try and hide him.  Sunday school teacher may have said this years ago, don’t know why I’ve thought that.  But this makes me think she did it so he’d be found, perhaps as he was.  Commentaries differ on the reasoning.  Some agree with me that she did it hoping someone might find him that could take care of him without need to kill him.  Others think it was simply a hiding place.  They point out she put him among the reeds so he wouldn’t drift away.  Would have been a good spot away from everyone else and possibly out of normal earshot.

4  “…his sister stood afar off…”
So Moses wasn’t the oldest.  Mother probably left the daughter to look after him so the mother’s absence wouldn’t be an issue.  She had to give the appearance she didn’t have a baby.

6  “…the baby wept.  So she had compassion on him…”
Motherly instinct.  She couldn’t reject a crying baby.

6  “…one of the Hebrews’ children”
Wonder how she knew.  Could have been a combination of things including skin tone, but I’m betting on circumcision as the primary.

7  “…call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women…”
Quick thinking by the sister.  Of course God had His hand in all of this, but she could see the compassion of the woman.  And the woman had just admitted the baby was Hebrew so the sister saw her way in.

9  “…nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages…”
Further proof of God’s provision.  Not only did He save the child, He allowed the mother to rear him and get paid for it to boot.

10  “…she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter…”
Not told how long this was, how old Moses was.  It’s estimated he could have been a few years old.  Children have been known to be nursed for several years.  The bigger issue was the fact that Moses saw himself as a Hebrew, not an Egyptian.  He would have needed to be old enough to know the difference before he went to live in Pharaoh’s house.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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