Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God’s Plan? Part 24

This entry is part 24 of 45 in the series Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God's Plan?

Recap of Part 23: The family is finally reunited in Goshen. The most joyous part is when his father hears the news of him ruling in Egypt and that he lives. After 13 years of fellowship in Egypt Jacob calls his kids together to bless them. Joseph promises to bury his father in his homeland prior to his death at age 147.

Part 24

After these events written in Genesis we continue with Exodus. The children of Israel are living in Egypt still but are under a new Pharoah that did not know Joseph or the prior arrangements. This Pharoah made them become slaves and went as far as putting the male children to death. He instructed the midwifes to allow female births and to kill all the male children born to these people. “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” (Exodus 2:1-3). “And the child grew, and she (Moses’ mother) 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” (vs. 10).

When the boy grew up into a man, he noticed that the Egyptians mistreated his Hebrew brethren. He helped a Hebrew being mistreated by killing the Egyptian mistreating him. He was noticed and decided it best to run to another land because he feared the repercussions of his actions. Midian became his new home. He meets a priest named Reuel. “And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter” (vs. 21). Later, while attending to the sheep Moses sees a strange sight. “And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground” (Exodus 3:2-5).

Moses is chosen to speak for God and to tell the people of Israel that God hears their afflictions and has sent you to free them. Moses is uncertain who to say has sent them and asks God for his name. “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you” (vs. 14). “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment. By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward” (Hebrews 11:23-26).

Our new character this week seems quite hesitant to take on the huge tasks God has prepared for him. He must not forget that God is with him and will not forsake him. We too must remember that in our daily walk God is with us. “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:18-20). What did Moses know?

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