Friday, October 29, 2010

Bible Study: Coming Out Of Bondage - Exodus - Chapter 2

Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the book of Exodus. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses you through this material.


Take a few minutes to savor Exodus Chapter 2. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations…

2:1 – Moses was born to be a priest. Both parents were Levites. Amram and Jochebed – see 6:20.

Aaron was 3 years old when Moses was born. See 7:7.

Amram was a Kohathite. See 1 Chronicles 23:12.

Jochebed was Amram’s Aunt. See 6:20.

2:2 – When was Moses born? Some scholars believe he was born in 1485 BC.

Moses was a fine child. Acts 7:20 and Hebrews 11:23 calls him “no ordinary” child. The character that God developed in him was extraordinary, too. Moses is noted for his faith, his prayerfulness, his humility and his courage.

2:3 – In a way, Jochebed obeyed Pharaoh’s edict by putting Moses in the river.

2:4 – The sister spoken of in scripture is Miriam. See 15:20. Did her parents have her do this? Or did she do it on her own?

2:6 – How did Pharaoh’s daughter know he was a Hebrew baby? Because he was hidden? Because of the pattern of the cloth around him? Because he was circumcised?

2:7 – Didn’t this work out brilliantly? This is so God! Was this why Miriam was watching? Did the family plan all along to reunite mother and son in this way? Do you think Pharaoh’s daughter suspected that the wet nurse was Moses’ real mother? Would she care? Why wouldn’t she insist on an Egyptian wet nurse so she could watch over Moses? How did she protect him in his Hebrew home?

Moses was nursed and nurtured by his own mother! She probably sang him Hebrew songs, told him Hebrew stories and prayed with and over him. He had a good Hebrew foundation when he went to live in Pharaoh’s house.

2:10-15 – Moses and Jesus both set aside their privileged position to identify with their suffering people. See 2 Corinthians 8:9. (Jews for Jesus newsletter, April 2008)

2:10 – How old was the boy when his mother took him to the palace and Pharaoh’s daughter named him Moses? 3? 4? 12? What was he called before that?

Isn’t God amazing? Pharaoh’s own house was used by God to shelter Moses from the Egyptian king’s death sentence. I adore God’s irony.

2:11 – Moses was 40 years old. See Acts 7:23.

Why would Moses have gone to see his people after all of this time? Regardless, seeing the mistreatment of the Hebrew people was the turning point for Moses. See Hebrews 11:24-25.

Was this Moses’ midlife crisis?

2:12 – Glancing both ways seems sneaky. Doesn’t it? Moses knows this is the wrong thing to do because he hid the body.

2:14 – fear made Moses flee to Midian. What have you done out of fear?

Perhaps he ran to Midian hoping that he would find hospitable relatives. Midian was the son of Abraham and Keturah.

2:15 – Moses was looking to make contacts in Midian. That’s why he sat at the well where he knew shepherds would gather.

2:16 – Reuel had a son. See Numbers 10:29. Why were his daughters driving this flock and not his son?

2:17 – Moses is a champion of the weak. He drives away these bullies that kept Zipporah and her sisters from watering their father’s flock.

2:18 – Why is Moses’ father-in-law referred to by two names? Here, he’s Reuel. In other places, he is Jethro. See 3:1.

2:19 – Why do you think these women thought Moses was Egyptian? Clothes? Hair? Name? Accent?

2:22 – Moses states that he has become an alien in a foreign land. Do you think he ever felt like an alien in Pharaoh’s house?

What attributes of God have you observed in your study today? How will this change your relationship with Him?

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