If I may be so bold, Biblical history as we know it would never have existed without the intelligent, quick-thinking, and compassionate women of Exodus 2.
- Moses’ mother manages to hide a newborn baby for three months from a government that wishes him dead.
- She takes her chances with the Nile River (ironically obeying the Pharaoh’s edict) rather than let the people kill her son.
- Pharaoh’s daughter finds him and has pity on him.
- Moses’ sister seizes the opportunity and finds a way to let Moses’ mother nurse her son and get paid for it. That’s what we call in the ‘Biz a “win/win.”
The women come out of this whole thing looking pretty good. Which is a lot more than I can say for most of the men in the story so far.
Here he is folks! The Bible’s biggest hero to date. I thought it was weird spending a few weeks with Abraham, but this guy is going to be the main character for the next year or so.
Three things I notice about Moses:
- He is tri-cultural: Hebrew, Egyptian, and Midianite. No wonder he feels like an alien residing in a foreign land.
- He has a hero complex. On three occasions in this chapter Moses sees something he thinks is wrong and gets involved. He is the Biblical version of Jack Shephard from Lost.
- He is misunderstood by his own people: “Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” These are words that will echo through Moses’ whole life.
Fun fact and/or total BS speculation! Moses is Egyptian for “out of the river.” If you want to refer to yourself as an Egyptian you would say “enta Mosri.”
Mosri and Moses have the same root. So I learned that Egypt is defined by its river and Moses’ name basically means “Egyptian.”
Seeing is Relieving.
Nine times in this chapter we are told that someone “saw” something. And each time someone saw something, they took an action to help.
Most importantly, God saw his people in slavery. And he is about to help.
I don’t know what he was doing while the people became more and more enslaved but the text doesn’t seem concerned with that. What matters now is that he sees them and remembers his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
His people have cried out and he is about to do something that no one sees coming.