In Numbers 12:3, Moses is credited with being the most humble man on earth. In Hebrews, he is included in what we call the heroes of the faith. Moses is probably one of the most well-known names from the Bible. Many of us are familiar with the scriptures in Exodus such as Moses’ encounter with God at the burning bush and when God parted the Red Sea so all the Israelites could pass through.
There is a lot we can learn about God from the life of Moses. Over the next 5 weeks, we are going to look at 5 different things we can learn from the life of Moses. We will start by looking at what was happening around the time of his birth.
Exodus 1 starts by telling us all of Jacob’s sons and their households moved to Israel. This is right after Jacob’s son, Joseph, had saved the land from famine. We are told that there are 70 Israelites when they moved to Egypt, but they multiplied and increased in strength and number (Exodus 1:1-7).
After Joseph died, a new king arose over Egypt who feared the Israelites. There were so many Israelites at this time that the king was afraid the Israelites would fight against him. So, he appointed taskmasters over the Israelites to make their work harder (Exodus 1:8-14). “But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied…” (Exodus 1:12).
When that didn’t work, the king ordered two Hebrew midwives to kill the Hebrew babies at birth if it was a boy. But the midwives feared God, and they did not do as the king commanded. God blessed the midwives, and the Israelites continued to multiply (Exodus 1:15-21).
Seeing that the Israelites were becoming stronger, the king commanded all of his people to cast into the Nile every boy that was born (Exodus 1:22).
This terrible setting is what Moses is born into. We find in chapter 2 that Moses was born into the house of Levi, and instead of being cast into the Nile, his family hid him for 3 months. When they could no longer hide him, his mother put him in a basket and placed him in the reeds by the bank of the Nile. His sister watched over him near by to see what would happen to him (Exodus 2:1-4).
A daughter of Pharaoh was the one who found him in the Nile. But instead of casting him back into the Nile like Pharaoh ordered, she decided to take him in as her own son. Moses’ sister was watching nearby, and she offered to find a nurse to take care of the baby. His sister returns with his mother, and Pharaoh’s daughter says, “Take this child away and nurse him for me and I will give you your wages.” (Exodus 2:9) His mother raised him until he was brought to Pharaoh’s daughter. She named him Moses, and he became her son (Exodus 2:1-10).
Moses was born during a terrible time when the king ordered every newborn boy to be killed. His family hid him, made a water proof basket for him, placed him in the Nile, and sent his sister to watch over them. They had hope that something would work out for the boy, and it did.
Moses became the daughter of a princess. He was now royalty, and he would be given all the teaching and privileges of royalty.
And Moses would be nursed and raised by his own mother, and his mother would be paid to take care of him.
All of this was done so that one day God could use Moses to lead His people out of slavery in Egypt. Moses was an Israelite, part of God’s chosen people, and he becomes an Egyptian and son of Pharaoh’s daughter. As we will later see, being brought up as nobility allows him to learn skills he would not have otherwise learned.
God had a plan from the very beginning. Even when it probably seemed hopeless for that family to keep their baby boy, they had hope. We aren’t told whether or not they had hope in God, but we do see God using their faith to save Moses’ life.
God had a plan for Moses and the Israelites, and it was all for His glory. He used Moses to free His people for His glory. He sent the plagues against Egypt and spared the Israelites for His glory. He parted the Red Sea for His glory. He gave the Israelites the 10 Commandments for His glory.
God has a plan for us too, and it is for His glory. When we are going through a trail, it’s for His glory. God uses trails to test us and grow us. He uses trails to prepare us for something He has in store for us later. God uses trails to show us how much we need Him.
God will bless us so we can bless others. He will send people into our lives to help us and pray for us. He will surround us with others we can serve Him with. He will lead us to people who need to hear His Word. He will discipline us like your parents would discipline you. It’s because He loves you, and it’s all for His honor and glory.
No matter what is going on, we can know that God has a plan, and He will see it through. We should always remember that whatever He does, He does for His glory. We can trust in Him in the good times and the bad times, and we can know that it will work out according to His plan.
Your sister in Christ,