-The story of Moses begins with his salvation from the Nile as he is rescued by Pharaoh’s daughter. Moses’ sister arranges his mom to be the nurse for her own little boy in times of persecution. Once again we see the sovereignty of God being demonstrated to His people and His plan for the redemption of mankind. Moses grows up in Pharaoh’s house as an educated, adopted son of his daughter with power and prestige. He would give all this up for his people and his God one day according to the LORD’s purpose. *Application* When God wants something to happen, it will, and no force on earth can stop it. What does the LORD want to do in your life? He has a call out for you.
-Circumstances necessitate Moses’ fleeing to Midian where he meets Reuel, the priest of Midian, and his seven daughters, one of which would be given as his wife, Zipporah. Moses had chosen to fear God more than man for the first time that we know of. This would be a trait that continued to be developed in this great and humble prophet of God who would change the course of history (Numbers 12:3). By faith he spurned the passing pleasures of sin and comfort in Pharaoh’s house and went forward as a sojourner and later received ill-treatment with the people of God (Hebrews 11:24-27). Because of his sojourning he named his first son, Gershom. *Application* How content are we in our walk with God? Are we at times too complacent with the status and position that we have been given? Sometimes, as we see here, our prosperity is a test to see where our heart really is. If we are not careful, we will gravitate to the pleasures and riches and cares of this temporary world and miss out on the LORD’s greater purpose (Matthew 13:22, Luke 18:18-24).
-Now the narrative turns to a new phase as the king of Egypt died and the sons of Israel begin to cry out to their God, to which He heard and responded from Heaven. The LORD heard their groaning, knew their needs, and remembered His covenant with them through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He took notice of them and things were about to miraculously change. Slavery was about to become freedom! *Application* Notice carefully the process that takes place. Many times in Scripture we see people crying out to God in their affliction and down times. One thing we must remember about the Creator of the Universe is that He hears and responds to His creation. Don’t ever think that the Almighty is aloof and not paying attention. He is not some God that is distant in any way. He is with us.
Verse to Memorize: Exodus 2:24