Moses was the first-born son of a new marriage, and he was born into a situation of divine order.
Exodus 2:1-2 ‘Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son.’
From the time of his birth, people could see that this child was special and beautiful.
Exodus 2:2 ‘…she (his mother) saw that he was a beautiful child…’
Other translations say that he was a fine child, a special child and a goodly child (pleasantly attractive and significant). So here we have this special and significant child born at time of great hardship and struggle. Even though the circumstances of his conception and birth were ideal and he was born blessed, everything else was against him. His parents were part of a nation that was being mistreated and oppressed. He was born into a nation of slaves, who had bitter lives of hard work and toil. To make matters worse, Pharaoh had given instructions that all the boy children had to be killed as soon as they were born. When this did not work, he instructed his people to throw new-born boys into the Nile river. His mother had managed to hide him for three months, but she could no longer hide him and so made the decision to let him go and let fate take its course.
Exodus 2:3 ‘When she could no longer hide him, she got a basket made of papyrus reeds and waterproofed it with tar and pitch. She put the baby in the basket and laid it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile River.’
Against all odds, he was discovered by one of Pharaoh’s daughters and was taken in and raised as a prince in Egypt.
Due to circumstances that had happened and things that Moses had done, he ended up running away. The Living Bible says it so well:
Exodus 2:15 ‘Moses ran away into the land of Median.’
It was here in the land of Median, far removed from his purpose and destiny that he spent many years. It was a wilderness experience where he ended up marrying and having children. It was also here that he spent many hours looking after his fathers-in-law’s animals.
Exodus 2:21-22 Moses accepted the invitation, and he settled there with him. In time, Reuel gave Moses his daughter Zipporah to be his wife. Later she gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom, for he explained, ‘I have been a foreigner in a foreign land.’
How often things happen in our lives and we end up running away and we find ourselves in a wilderness period. No experience we go through is ever wasted. God uses every experience and process we go through to ultimately bring us back to His purpose and plan for our lives.
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