Then Moses was afraid, and said, “Surely the matter has become known.” When Pharaoh heard of this matter, he tried to kill Moses. But Moses fled from the presence of Pharaoh and settled in the land of Midian; and he sat down by a well.
As we study these verses, I often ponder on what might have been going on ‘behind the scenes’ at the time of the events covered in the passage. For example, when we realize that Moses had been adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter, we can’t help but wonder a) whether the Pharaoh knew that, b) whether this was still the same Pharaoh or whether he had died and a new one took his place, and c) just what words, if any, were exchanged between father and daughter regarding this. At the same time, while Moses was being raised among the royal Egyptians, he still must have been allowed to keep in touch with own natural family. You will remember they had been allowed to raise him for several years after the Pharaoh’s daughter found him in a basket floating among the reeds on the Nile River. The concerns of his Hebrew parents and siblings with respect to his circumstances must have brought them great angst. Many Hebrews, upon hearing what happened, were also likely impacted greatly.
From there, we need to be ready to allow God to speak to us through His word, His bringing about various people and circumstances in our lives, and through our growing desire to rely on Him. I pray we each will know when it is time for us to ‘retreat’ and allow God to take us to the dessert for further training.
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