The Story of Moses
While Genesis saw the children of Israel ‘tucked’ safely away in the land of Egypt with God through Joseph watching over their needs in a time of famine, Exodus opens with the descendants of Joseph and his brothers now enslaved and in bondage to the Egyptians. God knew this would happen and His provision was met in the life of Moses. The story of Moses is rich and his life and its many twists and turns unfolds throughout the book of Exodus.
As a baby, when Pharoah (the king of Egypt) saw that, “the people of the children of Israel [were] more and mightier than . . . ” the Egyptians, he commanded the midwives to kill the male infants as they were born. “But the midwives feared God. . . ” (Ex. 1:17) Eventually, Moses had to be hid in an ark of bulrushes (a basket in the form of a cradle). His sister, Miriam, watched over him from a distance and God did a miracle; Little sister, Miriam, when she saw the daughter of the Pharoah rescue the baby from the floating ‘ark’, she ran and asked if she should get the baby a wet-nurse. So Moses mother was able to nurse her baby and even watch him grow. As a mother, I imagine this was such a relief! (Side bar: Noah’s Ark saved eight people at the time of the flood, Moses was saved in an Ark made of the bulrushes; the Ark of the Covenant held the ten commandments, Aaron’s rod and Manna from the desert. (Ex. 25:10)
Moses lived forty years as a prince among the Egyptians, then for forty years, he was a shepherd in the desert learning how to lead a very large group of people (603,550 Men, over the age of twenty (Ex. 38:26)). Then he spent forty years wandering and leading his brethren, all the time circling the promised land (Acts 7: 23, 30, 36). There are so many great texts and lessons found in Exodus. Here are a few highlights of this book: