Before I begin, I want to tell you about the “new” version of “The Ten Commandments” airing tonight on ABC. Set those Tivos for 9pm Monday & Tuesday evenings. Check out http://abc.go.com/specials/thetencommandments.html for more info. I’m sure it won’t be good as Charlton Heston’s movie, but it might be interesting to see hollywood’s perception of this story as we read along. Be sure to compare everything with Scripture!
Well, we don’t have too much information on Moses’ childhood do we? We go from him being drawn out of the water to him killing the Egyptian thug. Hmmm…. What happened to all those chariot races with his Egyptian brother – you remember, the ones on the Disney flick “Prince of Egypt.”
Did you notice the name Moses sounds like the Hebrew term for “to draw out?” The princess who named him had no idea what a dual meaning this name had for this young Hebrew child.
It must have been a strange childhood for Moses. He had an honored position in Egypt – as an honored son of the pharaoh – yet he was just as Hebrew as the slaves he oversaw. Finally, he had taken all he could and ended up killing the Egyptian, who was beating a Hebrew brother.
This threw him into exile in the wilderness, where he eventually met his wife, Zipporah. It’s true what God promised – He will make good out of situations that the enemy had intended to bring evil.
At the end of this chapter, God hears the cries of His people:
23 Years passed, and the king of Egypt died. But the Israelites still groaned beneath their burden of slavery. They cried out for help, and their pleas for deliverance rose up to God. 24 God heard their cries and remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 25 He looked down on the Israelites and felt deep concern for their welfare.
From chariot races with his Egyptian brother to his journey to Midian, it is obvious that God was preparing Moses for something big.