The Birth of Moses
2 Now a man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank. And his sister stood at a distance to know what would be done to him. Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her young women walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her servant woman, and she took it. When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby was crying. She took pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.” Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him. When the child grew older, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, “Because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”
Moses Flees to Midian
One day, when Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and looked on their burdens, and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his people. He looked this way and that, and seeing no one, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. When he went out the next day, behold, two Hebrews were struggling together. And he said to the man in the wrong, “Why do you strike your companion?” He answered, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid, and thought, “Surely the thing is known.” When Pharaoh heard of it, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and stayed in the land of Midian. And he sat down by a well.
Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came and drew water and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. The shepherds came and drove them away, but Moses stood up and saved them, and watered their flock. When they came home to their father Reuel, he said, “How is it that you have come home so soon today?” They said, “An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds and even drew water for us and watered the flock.” He said to his daughters, “Then where is he? Why have you left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread.” And Moses was content to dwell with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter Zipporah. She gave birth to a son, and he called his name Gershom, for he said, “I have been a sojourner in a foreign land.”
God Hears Israel’s Groaning
During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. God saw the people of Israel—and God knew.
Exodus 2 Commentary
by Hank Workman
Even in the highest oppression, God has a plan. Hang on to that thought if you are currently struggling and questioning what is transpiring. Hang on to that truth that our God of Jacob reigns. Hang on to hope even when the hardship continues and there is no end in sight. Even in the highest oppression, God has a plan.
It would have seemed at the time that an Israeli woman pregnant with child would do whatever she could to keep her baby alive. Due to Pharaoh’s decree to kill all babies being born, she chose to keep this precious child hid as long as she could. When that wasn’t working any longer, a crazy plan with a basket and the Nile seemed to be her only hope. Who would have thought the story would turn the way it did and this little baby would in time rise up to be the man God used to set His people free?
The plan wasn’t luck, it was God’s providence. Although there was no way Moses’ mother knew how it would turn out, she trusted God to protect her baby boy. God used the courage of a woman, the faith she had in Him even in the worst oppression imaginable to bring forth a plan far beyond any concept or thought.
In the oppression you may be under currently, stand courageous. Your God has a plan. It is way beyond what you can even fathom in the far reaching outcome. Stand firm. Do not give up the ground you’ve claimed so far. Hold on in faith even when the facts are contrary.
Exodus 2 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
He was given the name of Moses by Pharaoh’s daughter because she “drew him out of the water.” It Hebrew his name means “one who draws out.” This would be a common theme in Moses life, as He would go on to deliver Israel from Pharaoh’s grip. The one who nearly drowned in the Nile would draw His people out of the Red Sea.
Hebrews tells us that Moses never forgot his roots. Even after he was born into nobility, he refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.Hebrews 11:24-26 NASB
Moses would eventually flee to Midian, where he would marry a woman by the name of Zipporah. This would begin a long series of events by which God would continue to shape and mold Moses to become the leader he needed to be. It would not be easy, as the journey never is, but the deliverance of God’s people was on the horizon.