Scripture: Exodus 1-3. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
The Israelites were the descendants of Jacob.The Hebrews worshiped one God, while the Egyptians worshiped many gods. Pharaoh grew afraid that since the Israelites were becoming so numerous, that they would threaten his kingdom. He made the Israelites slaves and oppressed them. The Hebrew people were forced into slavery and mistreated, but this only made them stronger. Pharaoh told the Hebrew midwives, Shiphrah and Puah, to kill any baby boys born but to let the baby girls live. Since the midwives feared God, they did not listen to Pharaoh. Pharaoh then told the midwives to throw any baby boys born into the Nile. Pharaoh’s new law forced Moses’ mother to place her son in a tiny papyrus basket on the river in order to protect him. Miriam, Moses’ sister, saw that Pharaoh’s daughter had discovered him, and Miriam suggested a nurse (her mother) to help take care of Moses. Moses was then reunited with his mother.
After Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and witnessed an Egyptian beating a Hebrew. Moses killed the Egyptian. After Pharaoh learned of the incident, Moses had to flee because Pharaoh wanted to kill him. Moses saw a burning bush, where he talked with God. God commanded Moses to take off his sandals and to cover his face, which was an act of reverence. God had a task for Moses, to bring the Israelites out of Egypt, where they were being mistreated.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
The midwives were ordered to disobey God’s Word by killing any baby boy that was born, but they did what was right. Whenever we are ordered to disobey God, we must obey no matter what the consequences. We are surrounded by evil in this world. We must look for ways to act against it, and then trust God to use our efforts in this war against evil. Moses was reunited with his family after his mother put him in the river and did what was right in God’s eyes. We, too, should stay alert for the opportunities that God gives us and take full advantage of them. Special opportunities may come our way unexpectedly. Sooner or later, when we make mistakes, our wrong will catch up with us later in life, as it did with Moses when he killed the Egyptian. Remember, we will still have to face God and his evaluation of our actions one day. God spoke to Moses through a burning bush. God may use unexpected sources when speaking to us, as well. We should be ready and open for God’s surprises, and listen for Him to speak to us, whether it be through other people, thoughts or experiences. When explaining God to others, we can talk about what He has done for us or for people we know or from stories told in the Bible. We can trust our future to God, because He always knows our story.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, we know that in life, we sometimes come against very difficult situations. When we are ordered to go against Your Word, help us to stay strong and stand up for what is right, no matter what the consequences. Help us to stay alert for the opportunities You place in front of us and to take full advantage of them. We thank You for all of these opportunities. Help us to stray away from evil and to always do the right things. Help us to be ready and open for the surprises You give us, and help us to listen for Your voice. We love You and thank You.- in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.