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In the Desert (2 of 12)
Series: Exodus - A Future and a Hope
We're continuing our series in the book of Exodus-second book in the Bible. And last week we talked about what life was like for the Hebrew people living in Egypt: basically, it was misery. Because they had no rights; they were brutally driven by slave masters; and the Pharaoh of Egypt had become so threatened by them that he made a law that said any Hebrew baby boy that's born should be drown in the Nile River. And through all of that, God seemed absent. He didn't seem to care.
But that wasn't true. Because behind the scenes, God was doing something. A baby boy was born, and he escaped Pharaoh's death sentence. His mother put him in basket and floated him down the river, and he wound up being rescued by Pharaoh's daughter, who gave him to his own mom to nurse him for the first few years of his life, and then he was raised in the palace of Pharaoh himself. They named him ''Moses,'' which comes from a word that means ''to draw out.''
And that brings us to Exodus chapter two, verse 11. Here's what happened next:
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. 12 Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 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?'' 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.''
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. 16 Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came to draw water and fill the troughs to water ...
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