Posted by: wwyeshua | April 22, 2015

MOSES FLEES FROM EGYPT TO MIDIAN – Genesis 2

Moses flees to Midiam

Last time we learned about how Moses was saved from being thrown in the River Nile, instead his mother built him a basket and left him by the river amongst the reeds where the Egyptian women went to take a bath.

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Moses was found there by the princess of Egypt servants and she decided to keep him. Remember his sister Miriam was watching all this and she suggested to the princess that someone nurse him and take care of him.

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So his own mother Jochebed looked after him until he was old enough to live in the palace. And when that day came the Princess gave him a new name and she called him Moses.  

So, instead of being brought up as a slave like all the other Israelites, Moses was raised as an Egyptian prince. He was given special treatment living in the palace and learning many things. Moses learned their language ate their food and wore Egyptian clothes, but he always knew that he was different. He didn’t look like the Egyptian boys. Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, didn’t seem to like him as much as the others.

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Then at last one day the Princess told him the truth – she wasn’t really his mother at all, he was adopted, he wasn’t really an Egyptian, he was an Israelite.

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Now that Moses knew the truth it changed everything, how could he sleep at night in his soft, comfortable bed in the palace when his people worked all day for no pay and they had barely enough to eat, when they had no hope to be free?

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Then one day, when Moses was forty years old, he was driving in his chariot around where the Hebrew slaves were and he saw an Egyptian guard beating an Israelite slave and he got very angry.

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So he waited until he thought nobody was watching and then he killed the Egyptian and buried him in the sand.

The next day, when Moses went out to visit his people again, he saw two Hebrew men fighting. “Why are you beating up your friend?” Moses said to the one who had started the fight.

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Then the man replied, “Who appointed you to be our prince and judge? Are you going to kill me as you killed that Egyptian yesterday?”

Then Moses was afraid, thinking, “Everyone knows what I did.”

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And sure enough, Pharaoh heard what had happened, and he ordered his guards to find Moses and arrest him so he could kill him.

When Moses heard about it he realized that he had no choice, he had to get away from the land of Egypt, so he packed some of his things and he ran.  

Moses didn’t stop until he reached the land of Midian. He kept himself out of sight and waited until he was sure he was safe.

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When Moses arrived in Midian, he sat down beside a well. Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters who came as usual to draw water and fill the water troughs for their father’s flocks.

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But some other shepherds came and chased them away. So Moses jumped up and rescued the girls from the shepherds.

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Then he drew water for their flocks.

When the girls returned to Reuel, their father, he asked, “Why are you back so soon today?”

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“An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds,” they answered. “And then he drew water for us and watered our flocks.”

 “Then where is he?” their father asked. “Why did you leave him there? Invite him to come and eat with us.”

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Moses accepted the invitation and he settled there with him. In time, Reuel who was also called Jethro gave Moses his daughter Zipporah to be his wife.

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He was given a job as a shepherd and settled down to a new life. Soon Zipporah  gave birth to a son whom Moses named Gershon, which meant “I have been a foreigner in a foreign land”. He forgot all about Egypt and the Israelites until one day, forty years later, something very astonishing happened.

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Good bye, until next time when we will learn what happened to Moses that special day 40 years after he arrived in Midiam.

Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.

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