What do you know about the start of Moses’ life, right off the top of your head? Maybe something like this?
- he was born
- Pharoh wanted him & all the other Hebrew sons dead
- his mother put him in a basket & set him in the river
- he grew up (so clearly he didn’t die) & made the movie the Prince of Egypt (bahaha, sorry I couldn’t help it)
Not a bad start, but what details are we missing in those bullet points? Why does Moses even matter? Why did Pharaoh want him dead?
Moses’ life starts in Exodus 2, but it’s important to read Chapter 1 also to make sure we have his birth in the correct context of history. Go ahead & do that & answer a few questions below so you & I are on the same page
- What does verse 12 tell us about why Pharaoh enslaved the people of Israel?
- According to verses 13 and 14, what was the solution to his fear?
- The Egyptian midwives are given very specific instructions as to how to handle the births of the Hebrew women. What was that (verse 16)?
- Why didn’t they follow through (verse 17)?
- But what excuse did they give to Pharaoh?
- What did Pharaoh command next of all of the Egyptians in verse 22?
Great job! That brings us up to chapter 2 & Moses’ birth. Take a few minutes & read 2:1-10, slowly, so you don’t miss any details.
Notice verse 1 opens with “a man from the house of Levi”. A man from: now why is that important? Well, it is who the father of Moses is & it seems like a good fact to know; but also, it wouldn’t be there if there wasn’t some significance. So let’s look into it a little further to truly understand what this means.
Who is Levi according to Genesis 34:25? Jacob’s _______. Which makes him Joseph’s __________.
He was one of Joseph’s brothers (if that is falling flat on you, I encourage you to go back to Jessica’s post from Wednesday & go through that material to really help you understand the significance). But who is this man from his house? Hang with me for just a few minutes because this may get a little confusing. To find out who this man is, we actually have to jump forward a few chapters to 6:20.
Who is Moses’ father?
Who did he marry & what relation is she to him?
Yes, you read that right, “his father’s sister”, or basically his aunt. I know that sounds odd in our day because that is highly frowned upon, but things were different then. There weren’t as many people as there are today & it was important that the lineage of Abraham wasn’t intermixing with all kinds of pagan religions (although it happened a lot & lets just say the endings were never pleasant). So we just have to get over what our culture tells us is bad today & see it for what it is…marrying into a good family. Ok…let’s move on.
So we now know Moses is from the line of Levi, who is from the line of Jacob. Jacob was also called Israel – making Moses a…what?
Hebrew. And what do we know about Pharaoh’s feelings toward the Hebrew nation? He didn’t like them. He wanted them dead. Ok…..back to Exodus 2.
Amram & Jachebed conceived & had Moses. But we know from chapter 1, the midwives all agreed not to kill of the baby boys of the Hebrew women. Pharaoh issued other instructions. How did Jachebed save Moses according to verse 3?
Who comes down to the water after the basket is laid in the river?
Are we given any indication in the actual text of the Bible that Pharaoh’s daughter knew this was a Hebrew baby?
But what does she do instead in verse 9?
She gives the child to one of her servant women (we know from chapter 1 the Hebrews are enslaved to the Egyptians). And who is the women she gives Moses to? (verse 8)
Pharaoh’s daughter unknowingly gives this child right back to his mother. Jachebed gets to raise her boy for at least a few years, but what happens in verse 10?
Even though he was eventually taken from his family, what benefit does Acts 7:22 tell us about him being raised in Pharaoh’s house?
He was basically given an invitation to learn how the Egyptian world & Pharaoh work. Acts tells us that he was “a man of power in words and deeds.”
Over the next two posts, Jessica and Keisha will walk you through how those words and deeds and possibly the training up in Pharaoh’s household will benefit Moses, as his life goes on and we study the burning bush and the parting of the Red Sea.
While it seems so tragic & so horrible, God is using the sin of this Pharaoh to carry out His plan. That is the very definition of a sovereign God. Everything…EVERYTHING… can be used by God to accomplish His will. So no matter what life throws our way, no matter how dire or out of hand it looks, God is in control & He will come to aid of His people. Stay tuned…because my friends, it has only just begun.