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Exodus 2

The Birth of Moses

2 Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, 2 and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. 3 But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket[a] for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. 4 His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.

5 Then Pharaoh's daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. 6 She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. "This is one of the Hebrew babies," she said.

7 Then his sister asked Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?"

8 "Yes, go," she answered. So the girl went and got the baby's mother. 9 Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you." So the woman took the baby and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh's daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses,[b] saying, "I drew him out of the water."

Moses Flees to Midian
11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. 12 Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, "Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?"

14 The man said, "Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?" Then Moses was afraid and thought, "What I did must have become known."

15 When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well. 16 Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came to draw water and fill the troughs to water their father's flock. 17 Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock.

18 When the girls returned to Reuel their father, he asked them, "Why have you returned so early today?"

19 They answered, "An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock."

20 "And where is he?" Reuel asked his daughters. "Why did you leave him? Invite him to have something to eat."

21 Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage. 22 Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom,[c] saying, "I have become a foreigner in a foreign land."

23 During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. 24 God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. 25 So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.


Reflection

Just as yesterday we saw two Midwives undermine the mightiest ruler in the world. Today we see two women once again subverting his wishes and policy; firstly, Moses' sister who placed him in a basket to float down the river, and Pharaoh's own daughter who took him in.

Moses grows older in Pharaoh's palace. The women's acts of compassion and justice have resulted in blessing.

However, we then see Moses wishing to bring about justice too. While the women have been successfully passively resisting, Moses responds to injustice with violence and things go horribly wrong.

How do you respond to injustice?
Are your actions appropriate?
Do your actions produce the results you hope for?

At the end of chapter 2, the Israelites cry and groan to God to help and and release them from slavery.

God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac & Jacob. So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.

God heard, God remembered and God looked.

This isn't to say that God was asleep before. He always hears, remembers, looks and knows. It means that things have reached its limit. The abuse of God's covenant people moves him to act in a way never before seen.

God hates injustice.

There is much that we could cry out for; the sex trade, child soldiers, domestic violence, famine, global and domestic poverty, violence abroad and at home, homelessness, racism [Fill in the gap here].

It is easy to be overwhelmed and to think that God has forgotten, or not heard, or not seen.

We know that God hasn't.

Prayer
Dear God, You are a God of justice and liberation. We call on your name to bring about change in our world. Hear our cry. Hear our groan. Bring about justice and restoration. Give us your strength, wisdom and righteousness to respond to injustice effectively. Amen

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