In our last episode, Exodus 1 picked up where the book of Genesis left off. The Israelites went from 70 people who first entered Egypt with Jacob to a multitude of people who were extremely powerful.
Because of their numbers and their power, Pharaoh was threatened by them, so he tried to subdue them through brutal slavery. But the more he oppressed God’s people, the more they multiplied. Pharaoh wanted to kill the baby boys and when the midwives wouldn’t do it, he gave a command to throw them all into the Nile river.
Today on the podcast, we met Moses in Exodus 2.
Moses’s life was in jeopardy from the very beginning. He was born when Pharaoh was trying to kill all the baby boys in Egypt. Ironically, he was adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter when she found him floating in a little ark of a reed basket down the Nile River.
When he grew up, Moses knew he didn’t belong in Pharaoh’s household and he wanted to rescue his people who were enslaved. After he killed an Egyptian who was abusing a Hebrew slave, two Hebrews rejected his efforts, so he ran away to Midian.
But Pharaoh continued to oppress God’s people and they cried out for help. And at the proper time, God set things in motion to free his people.
- First, a Hebrew living as an Egyptian. Then, an Egyptian living in Midian. Moses never felt like he belonged. How can you relate? Think of a time in your life where maybe you didn’t feel like you quite fit in. How can that experience help you see Moses in a new way?
- Even in his younger years Moses had a heart for rescuing his people. What Does that mean to you?
- Where do you see evidence of God’s hand? What does it teach you about who He is?
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