This is a weekly guest devotion written by my mother Estelene. Each week she shares with us scripture and a short devotion to encourage us.
Have you ever heard of the old saying, “You can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy”? Well that sort of sums up Moses in today’s lesson. You’ll see what I mean. I don’t want to keep you wondering to what I am referring, so let’s begin reading our scripture.
One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. Glancing this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?”
The man said, “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. Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came to draw water and fill the troughs to water their father’s flock. Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock.
When the girls returned to Reuel their father, he asked them, “Why have you returned so early today?”
They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock.”
“And where is he?” he asked his daughters. “Why did you leave him? 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. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them. Exodus 2:11-25
Years had passed since Pharaoh’s daughter discovered the basket floating in the Nile with Moses lying inside. Even though Moses had been raised as an Egyptian prince, his heart belonged to the Hebrews. This was revealed through his action taken when he witnessed an Egyptian beating a Hebrew. He thought no one saw what he had done, but that was not the case.
Have you ever been guilty of wronging someone and thinking that no one witnessed it? Does it really matter if anyone else saw what you did or heard what you said? God saw what you did or heard what you said. We tend to worry about what man thinks about us more than God.
When Moses realized Pharaoh was trying to kill him, he fled. The scripture says that he sat down by a well and some women came to water their flock. After rescuing them from some shepherds, he watered their flock. When the women’s father heard what all Moses had done, he invited him to his home and gave one of his daughters to him in marriage.
Does this story sound familiar? We have studied about a similar account. If you remember who, in one of our previous studies, watered a young woman’s flock and soon afterwards married her, let me know.
The Israelites cried out to the Lord, and he heard their cries.
Join me next week and see how God uses this Egyptian prince who by birth is a Hebrew.