Moses Part 3

Moses, the man of God

A study

Part 3

Moses flees Egypt

Exo.2: 11-22, Acts 7: 23-29

Moses flees Egypt

After Moses made immensely great sacrificial decisions early in his life, he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens. On the first day he saw an Egyptian smiting one of his brethren. And he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand. And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, “Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow?” And he said, “Who made thee a prince and a judge over us?” Moses supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not. (Acts7: 25) Then fled Moses to the land of Midian. What a great disappointment for Moses!

Many hundreds of years later the One greater than Moses, who, being in the form of God did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. (Phil.2: 6,7) Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. (2Cor.8: 9) He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. (John 1: 10,11)

Moses in Midian for 40years

When Moses reached Midian, the bitter reflections must have weighed heavily on his mind, but he did not lose courage. As he witnessed the vexations to which the daughters of Reuel (called also Jethro) were exposed, he did not remain engrossed in his own painful frustrations but came to their help. Thus he remains in character a deliverer and a servant. He could do so because he was looking far ahead to his reward. And he persevered because he saw HIM who is invisible. (Heb.11: 26,27) Let us also affirm always along-with the apostle Paul, “we look not at the things, which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things, which are seen, are temporal; but the things, which are not seen, are eternal.” (2Cor.4: 18)

In the land of Midian, Moses spent 40 long years. He married Zipporah, the daughter of Reuel and begot two sons. The first son was named Gershom, for Moses said, “I have become an alien in a foreign land”; and the other was named Eliezer, for he said, “My father’s God was my helper; he saved me from the sword of Pharaoh.” Moses kept the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law in the deserts of Midian. We can infer that God trained Moses under His hand and prepared him till the time of the promise drew near which God has sworn to Abraham. (Acts 7:17).

If in our lives God sometimes allows periods such as these that we cannot understand, we should patiently continue to obey God. If sickness or other circumstance intercepts our work and we are put aside, we should use such seasons to feed more closely on the Word of God. We must be willing to learn in the school of God what we would never learn in the activities and turbulence of our normal lives. We should be careful not to waste such periods on vain regrets or in futile endeavors. If we use them wisely they will form a strong foundation for blessed service to the Lord in the future.

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