Remembering the Passover & Exodus: a selection of passages & meditations
"She named him Moses, for she said, 'Because I drew him out of the water.'"

Scripture: Exodus 2:1-22
1 Now a man from the house of Levi went and took to wife a daughter of Levi. 2 The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. 3 And when she could hide him no longer she took for him a basket made of bulrushes, and daubed it with bitumen and pitch; and she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds at the river's brink. 4 And his sister stood at a distance, to know what would be done to him.

5 Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, and her maidens walked beside the river; she saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid to fetch it. 6 When she opened it she saw the child; and lo, the babe was crying. She took pity on him and said, "This is one of the Hebrews' children." 7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?" 8 And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Go." So the girl went and called the child's mother. 9 And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take this child away, and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages." So the woman took the child and nursed him. 10 And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son; and she named him Moses, for she said, "Because I drew him out of the water."

11 One day, when Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and looked on their burdens; and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his people. 12 He looked this way and that, and seeing no one he killed the Egyptian and hid 13 When he went out the next day, behold, two Hebrews were struggling together; and he said to the man that did the wrong, "Why do you strike your fellow?" 14 He answered, "Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?" Then Moses was afraid, and thought, "Surely the thing is known." 15 When Pharaoh heard of it, he sought to kill Moses.

But Moses fled from Pharaoh, and stayed in the land of Midian; and he sat down by a well. 16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters; and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock. 17 The shepherds came and drove them away; but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock. 18 When they came to their father Reuel, he said, "How is it that you have come so soon today?" 19 They said, "An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and even drew water for us and watered the flock." 20 He said to his daughters, "And where is he? Why have you left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread." 21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter Zipporah. 22 She bore a son, and he called his name Gershom; for he said, "I have been a sojourner in a foreign land."

Meditation: Moses was the man God chose for the leadership of his people. (See Hebrews 3:2-6; 11:23-26). He came from a family of great faith who allowed God not only to intervene but to direct their daily lives as well. Do you allow God to come near to you, to direct you in your everyday affairs? Moses' parents hid the child as long as they could, and when they could no longer do so, they released the child into the Nile as Pharaoh had dictated--every male child was to be thrown into the river Nile. They were obedient to Pharaoh and they also trusted in the Lord to save their son, as only he could. Moses' mother put her son in the place of death when she released him in the Nile river, but she trusted in the Lord to intervene and spare her baby. Her trust in God was key and would serve as an example for the rest of the people that trust in God was the only way out of bondage. Do you trust in God's power and mercy to deliver you from bondage?

God's action in saving the child showed the folly of human wisdom. Pharoah had sought to destroy the Hebrews from the face of the earth. Here he allows his own daughter to adopt a Hebrew boy as part of the royal family, and she gives him back to his Hebrew parents to raise him.

A key turning point in Moses' life was his greatest sin. In his attempt to save a Hebrew he killed an Egyptian. His fanaticism made his fellow Hebrews turn from him and he became a fugitive from Egyptian justice. He was literally a murderer on the run!

Moses fled into the desert, as far away from Egypt as he could get, and found there a home and a refuge. Moses, a prince in Egypt, became a shepherd in the wilderness. There he learned the ways of God - and how different God's ways are from man's ways. Here he had to empty himself of all worldliness and become a true man of God. Do you allow the Lord to strip you of worldliness and to train you in his ways?

"Lord, strip me of worldliness and make me a humble and obedient servant. Strengthen me that I may chose to do your will in all things ."

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