Personal studies Exodus 2

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Exodus 2 continued

Chapter 2 skips to Moses at about the age of 40. Moses has been living in Pharaoh’s household with perks, education, and now he is grown.

Verse 11 Now it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens. And he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren.

It is very interesting that Moses still identified with the Israelites, calling them his brethren. Seems that Moses’ mother did a good job in teaching him the truth. Moses went out (like Jesus came down) and saw the burdens of his people. Unlike Jesus who did what His father told Him, Moses acted under his own prompting, and like us – when we do what seems right in our understanding we often get it wrong. Moses will get it wrong here.

Moses now acts rashly, but thought that he was being cautious, but his sin will find him out. Verse 12 So he looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.

Moses looked this way, and that way, but he did not look UP to see if this is what God wanted. I think that sometimes we do similar things to what Moses did. We see a need and jump right in to try and ease the need. Sometimes it is not what God intended, or how God wants us to minister – so we end up killing the opportunity that was there for God to intervene. And instead of much good coming from it, the opportunity is wasted. I am trying to really act as God directs, but still too often I act on impulse.

This is a case where Moses wanted to help God out by protecting his brethren, but God doesn’t need our help, He does permit us to work alongside with Him, but He can do what He needs to do without our help. Moses thought that he had fully covered up the murder.

Verse 13 And when he went out the second day, behold, two Hebrew men were fighting, and he said to the one who did the wrong, “Why are you striking your companion”. Then he said, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian? So Moses feared and said, “Surely this thing is known!”

There is so much in this – notice the second day (on the third day Moses will be in the wilderness – I am trying to track mentions of third days). But Moses took it upon himself to judge between the two men, but remember that he had compromised his authority by the murder of the Egyptian. Moses was judging from a place of sin. Romans 2:1 Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. Moses had lost his moral authority with the murder of the Egyptian. And because he was an Israelite in the Egyptian household, he did not have the same bond with the people. I think it is incredible that God can take a murderer, look beyond the surface and see the leader that is hidden underneath the dross. We too are murderers by Jesus’ standards, for anyone who bears a grudge against another commits murder in Jesus’ economy. God sees our rough forms and allows life to smooth out the rough edges so that we fit perfectly in the whole Body of Christ. Sometimes the shaping process can be tough too.

In those days, murdering an Egyptian was a capital offense, and because Moses knew that he had been found out, he had to run. He reacted and ran to the wilderness. But Moses also knew that his adopted siblings would have gladly done away with him, because he was a threat to their inheritance, and to their power. So Moses had no choice but to run. Even when we react to a situation, do something in error, God will use that to shape us and form us to his Perfect Will. Moses will learn much that will grow him to take the ultimate job that God has in mind for him, the freeing of the Israelites and guiding them towards the Promised Land. I am so glad that we serve such an awesome God!

I am going to post this, we will get to the rest of the chapter after a brief interlude tomorrow to post Pastor Don’s Bible study. We do serve an awesome God. What I am finding interesting is how the various Bible studies I am taking are meshing so much together. I think God is working some things out in my life through them, so if I linger somewhat, it is because I am really reflecting on what God is trying to tell me.

Have a blessed night!



About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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