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FRAMEWORKS: Exodus 2: Moses, Prince of Egypt & Midianite Shepherd


v.1-4 The Birth of Moses who is hidden in the bullrushes

v.5-10 Pharaoh's Daughter finds and raises Moses

v.11-14 Moses help for his people goes wrong

v.15-20 Moses flees to Midian where he is welcomed

v.21-25 Moses settles in Midian

v.23-25 Israel's Plight in Egypt Worsens



v.1-4 The Birth of Moses who is hidden in the bullrushes


v.1,2 Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months.

v.3 But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.

v.4 His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.


[Notes: A Levite woman becomes a mother and tries hiding her baby. After three months this becomes more and more difficult and so she makes a basket and floats him among the reeds of the Nile. The sister watched from a distance.]



v.5-10 Pharaoh's Daughter finds and raises Moses


v.5 Then Pharaoh's daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it.

v.6 She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.

v.7 Then his sister asked Pharaoh's daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?”

v.8 “Yes, go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby's mother.

v.9 Pharaoh's daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him.

v.10 When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh's daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.”


[Notes: When Pharaoh's daughter came down to bathe [and presumably the mother knew this was her regular practice] she saw the baby and had him taken to the palace where she raised him, giving him the name Moses.]



v.11-14 Moses help for his people goes wrong


v.11 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.

v.12 Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.

v.13 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?”

v.14 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.”


[Notes: Years pass, Moses grows up and, presumably having been taught about his people, goes to visit them and, seeing their conditions, strikes down a Egyptian slave master. The Hebrews are not appreciative of this ‘royal Hebrew' and next day when he tries to intervene to stop a fight between two Hebrews they speak of what he did the previous day.]



v.15-20 Moses flees to Midian where he is welcomed


v.15 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.

v.16 Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came to draw water and fill the troughs to water their father's flock.

v.17 Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock.

v.18 When the girls returned to Reuel their father, he asked them, “Why have you returned so early today?”

v.19 They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock.”

v.20 “And where is he?” Reuel asked his daughters. “Why did you leave him? Invite him to have something to eat.”


[Notes: This gets out and comes to Pharaoh's hearing and Moses has to flee the country, probably makes his way round the route used by the Egyptians to their mines on the Sinai Peninsular, then kept going up the coast and round into Midian. At a well, he helps the daughters of a Midianite priest [v.16] and was eventually invited home.



v.21-25 Moses settles in Midian


v.21 Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage.

v.22Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom, saying, “I have become a foreigner in a foreign land.”


[Notes: There he settles and marries one of his daughters and has a son.]



v.23-25 Israel's Plight in Egypt Worsens


v.23 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.

v.24 God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob.

v.25 So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.


[Notes: Time passes and the present Pharaoh dies but Israel are still being oppressed and cry out to God.]



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