Moses – Freeing Yourself to Know God
· A prophet like no others (Deut. 34:10)
· An amazing relationship with God (Exod. 33:11; Exod. 34:29)
· A great leader, perhaps the greatest influence in the Bible other than Christ. He knew elation, he knew frustration. He prayed for his flock. He had his own Bethel experience at the burning bush
· Driven to Egypt by famine, Jacob and his family stayed, and became a nation of over 2 million
· This rapid growth threatened the Pharaohs, who tried to control this expanding people (1:9,10)
· Pharaoh tried to control the Israelites by controlling their population growth. Pharaoh worried they would grow numerous and ally with Egypt's enemies. This led to slavery… (1:11-14) The "bitter" experience was commemorated during the Passover (Exod. 12:8)
· The next step involved murdering the male infants (1:16) When faithful midwives opposed this (1:18-21), Pharaoh ordered male infants to be thrown into the Nile (1:22)
· God rewarded the midwives and their courage. This is another opportunity to ask the question 'Is it ever OK to be dishonest?'
· This is the world in which Moses' parents lived. It was also a pagan world (Josh. 24:14, Sinai), but apparently Moses' parents remained true to God (Heb. 11:23)
· The physical act of letting Moses go is such a picture of true faith (2:3). The word for 'basket' in verse 3 is the same as the word for 'ark' in Gen. 6:14!
· Ironic that Moses was placed in the very river that meant death for so many infants (2:3)
· Do you think Moses' parents planned to have Pharaoh's daughter find Moses? (see 2:4) Who else could protect Moses from Pharaoh's edict?
· Another "coincidence" that Miriam offered to get a Hebrew woman to nurse Moses, and so Moses was returned to his mother for a time, now safe and protected. She was even paid to mother her own child! (2:9)
#1) Parents living in today's world must be alert to the dangers in our own society that threaten our children
#2) Parents must guard their own hearts and lives against the sinful influences that permeate our culture
#3) Parents must take a biblical, proactive approach to protect their children from sinful influences
For next week read Acts 7:20-22; Hebrews 11:24-26
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