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JEALOUSY IS ALWAYS A DANGER

 

Ever since Cain was told that he had sin at his door, man has looked for a way to blame his brother.  Egypt could not bear to see Israel become blessed and prosperous.  They felt threatened and employed oppression to control Israel.

 

Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.  And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:  Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.  Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.  But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.  And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour:  And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour. Exodus 1:8-14

 

Pharaoh has evil in his heart, and God knows this already.  The new ruler of Egypt saw the Jews prospering, even as Cain witnessed the acceptance of Abel’s offering.  Instead of seeing the evidence of God’s blessing, he sees the Jews as a threat.  God will give him a chance to get warnings, but like Cain, his heart will not hear.

 

MALE CHILDREN TO BE SLAIN

 

To diminish the strength of Israel, the Egyptians sought to slay their male children.  One was able to escape when his mother intervened for him.  God blessed her faith.  Many years later, the same tactic was tried to prevent the birth of the Messiah:

 

Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.  Matt 2:16

 

Interestingly, the Lord directed this new Joseph to be sheltered in the same place where the first Joseph delivered the children of Israel:

 

And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.  Matt 2:13

 

A PRIEST IS BORN

 

And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.  And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.  And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink.  And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him. Exodus 2:1-4

 

Moses was trusted to the waters, and to the care of the Living God.  His family was destined to remain a part of his life though.

 

REUNION

 

God delivered him from death into the house of Royalty, even as he had Joseph.  Again evil was being used to produce a good thing.

 

And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it.  And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children.  Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?  And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go.  And the maid went and called the child’s mother.  And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the women took the child, and nursed it.  Exodus 2:5-9

 

God arranged for his mother to be his nurse, and even to get paid for it.  Miriam just happened to be there to arrange this reunion; a coincidence by design. 

 

A PRINCE OF EGYPT

 

And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.  Exodus 2:10

 

Moses was raised as a son of royalty, and learned all the ways of this great nation.  He seems to be aware of his Hebrew roots, as he was nursed by his own mother.

 

IN THE WORLD, BUT NOT OF IT

 

And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren.  And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand. Exodus 2:11-12

 

Moses had a sense of justice, but not of Godly direction.  He reacted in the carnal way to injustice, instead of the spiritual way.  He had a form of godliness, but was unaware of the power of God at this time. 

 

THE EXODUS EXILE

 

Sin has a price, and Moses was a condemned man.  He fled as a common criminal to a distant place.

 

Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt 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.  And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.  And when they came to Reuel their father, he said, How is it that ye are come so soon to day?  And they said, An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and also drew water enough for us, and watered the flock.  Exodus 2:15-19

 

He still had a sense of justice, and sought to help others.  His wisdom would come to him soon.

 

THE WINDS OF CHANGE

 

Although Moses was far away, his life would take him back to his people soon.

 

And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.  And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.  And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.  Exodus 2:23-25

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