Exodus Chapter 2
Read Exodus Chapter 2. After your have read the Chapter, read the passages below to help you dive deeper into the Chapter. Conclude in Prayer.
NOT OF THE WORLD
“Now it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens. And he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. So he looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. Exodus 2:11-12 NKJV
Moses grew up in the house of Pharaoh, and yet recognized the Hebrew as one of his brethren. How do you think Moses came to knew that He was not an Egyptian, but a Hebrew?
Like Moses, we live in the world (Egypt) but we are not of the world. It is likely that Moses learned his identity from his mother, who nursed him and brought Him up in Pharaoh's house. So we too, learn our true identity from our mother, the Church. See how the Lord ordained for the mother of Moses to teach him and nurse him in the land of Egypt as He has ordained for our Mother the Church, to do the same for us in the world today.
Consider your relationship with your mother, the Church; Have you learned your identity from Her or from the world? How do you see yourself in this world?
FLEE FROM EVIL
And when he went out the second day, behold, two Hebrew men were fighting, and he said to the one who did the wrong, “Why are you striking your companion?” Then he said, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” So Moses feared and said, “Surely this thing is known!” When Pharaoh heard of this matter, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh and dwelt in the land of Midian; and he sat down by a well.” Exodus 2:13-15 NKJV
Why did you believe Moses killed the Egyptian? Why did Moses flee from Pharaoh?
As we said, Egypt symbolizes the world and sin. Moses killed the Egyptian because he saw his brother being afflicted by the world, and thus he sought to save him. In saving his brother, he made an enemy of Pharaoh (Satan) who seeks only to destroy those who are in his bondage. Yet, Moses was not yet given authority to save his people and thus He was not yet strong enough to fight Pharaoh, and thus he fled to escape from the battle against the world fearing he might be destroyed.
How do you deal with your brethren when you see them afflicted in sin? How do you believe that God is working in you to support your brethren? What sins or evil in your life do you want to flee from? How are you seeking God for His strength to fight this battlle?
ACKNOWLEDGED BY GOD
“Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them.” Exodus 2:23-25 NKJV
The children of Israel groaned because of their bondage. We who are bound in sin, do we still cry out or have we grown comfortable in our situation? When we fall in sin, do we remember the promises of God? How shaken up are we by our current condition? Does sin trouble me the way it use to?
God in His love, remembered His covenant and thus acknowledged His people and their cries. Because of His promises, He saved His people. In the midst of your condition, in your battle with sin, remember the promises of the Lord, For His Word is Truth!
Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your Love which knows no bounds. I thank You Lord for you have given us our Loving Mother, the Church, to bring us up in the image of Your Son Jesus. I thank You Father, for You poured Your Spirit upon me, and through Him, we seek to walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh. Forgive me Father, for often I give into the world. I have grown comfortable in my sinful state. I ask that Your Holy Spirit put on my heart Your Word and Your promises, and that He cry out to You on my behalf, Abba Father, so that you may save me. I thank you Father for I know you hear me. Amen.
Posted on Fri, December 2, 2016
by John Youssef