Bible Study Notes on Exodus 2:11-25 – 20181018

WritingIIIExodus 2:11  “…went out to his brethren…”
He identified with the Hebrews.

11  “…looked on their hard labors…”
God was already moving his heart to compassion toward his people, but he would take matters into his own hands.

12  “…he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand”
Murdered him.  Moses was guilty of murder.  It doesn’t say he jumped in and defended the other man, but that he looked around to see if anyone was looking, then struck the man and hid him in the sand.  Murdered after the fact.

14  “…Are you intending to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?…”
So much for not seeing anyone around.  Truth finds a way out.

15  “…Moses fled from the presence of Pharaoh and settled in the land of Midian…”
Pharaoh tried to kill him so he ran.  Nothing else is said about the relationship between him and Pharaoh.  You would think more might be told as he should have been considered part of the family.  Not sure if the Pharaoh in charge now was the one who was father to his adoptive mother.  Pharaoh was a title, so by this time one of his other descendants could be in charge.  Commentaries have different ideas, all with some measure of reasonableness.  As the supreme leader, Pharaoh had no choice but to pass judgment.  There is some thought he was also concerned that Moses was aligning himself with the Hebrews and could possibly lead a rebellion.  But it’s obvious God had His hand in the timing.  Midian was far to the southeast, across the Sinai Peninsula and the Gulf of Aqaba.

16  “…filled the troughs to water their father’s flock”
They did the work to get water only to have other shepherds come and take it.  Sounds like the shepherds waited until the women did the work and wanted to take advantage.  Moses put a stop to that.

19  “…An Egyptian delivered us…”
So he obviously looked like an Egyptian.  Probably his clothes, although he might have said something which gave away his origin.

21  “Moses was willing to dwell with the man…”
More than just stay as a guest.  Denotes he was going to work with him and for him.  Reuel even gave Moses one of his daughters as a wife.

22  “…she gave birth to a son, and he named him Gershom…”
A stranger there.  From the Hebrew ger, stranger.  I have been a stranger in a foreign land.

25  “God saw the sons of Israel, and God took notice of them.”
Moses was supposedly 40 years old when he left Egypt, and he worked with his farther-in-law for 40 years before God appeared to him.  So in those last 40 years, the Pharaoh Moses ran from has died, but the Hebrews are still under great oppression.  They have cried out to God for deliverance, and God has heard them.  His timing is coming to bear.

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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