Exodus 2

The Birth of Moses

A man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son.  She hid him for three months but when she couldn’t hide him any longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.  His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.  Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the river bank.  She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her slave girl to get it. 

She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.  Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?”  “Yes, go,” she answered. And the girl went and got the baby’s mother.  (Pretty cool how that worked out, right?)  Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him.  When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son.  She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.”

Moses Flees to Midian

Moses grew up and one day, he went out to where his own people (Hebrews) were and watched them at their hard labor.  He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, so he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.  The next day, he saw two Hebrews fighting and he questioned the man in the wrong.  The man asked, “Who made you ruler and judge over us?  Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.”  When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well. 

A priest of Midian had 7 daughters, and they came to draw water for their father’s flock.  Shepherds came along and drove them away but Moses came to their rescue and watered the flock.  When the girls returned to Reuel, their father, he asked, “Why are you back so early?”  They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds.  He drew water for us and watered the flock.”  He asked his daughters, “Invite him to have something to eat.”  Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage.  Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom, saying, “I have become an alien in a foreign land.”  During that long period, the king of Egypt died.  God heard the groaning and cry for help from the Israelites in their slavery and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.

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I’m learning new stuff just every day that I didn’t know before.  I mean, I knew little bits and pieces to some of these stories but not the whole truth.  Pretty interesting.  Any thoughts?  Prayer requests?

Mama received her injections today.  Her pain on a scale of 1-10 is a half she says, so that’s awesome.  It could potentially be zero in the near future, which I am praying for.

Hope y’all have had a wacky and wonderful Wednesday!  *smooch*  😉

– Carol

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