Last week we left Moses after he made his decision. Before going on, I’d like to look back.
Did Moses know he was the promised ‘deliverer’?
His parents did.
A man whose name was Amram… and was uneasy at it (the killing of the boy babies) his wife being then with child… But he began to pray to God; and entreated him to have compassion… Accordingly God had mercy on him…
…For that child, out of dread of whose birth the Egyptians have doomed the Israelite children, shall be this child of yours, and shall be concealed from those who watch to destroy him: and when he is brought up in a surprising way, he shall deliver the Hebrew nation from the distress they are under from the Egyptians. The New Complete Works of Josephus, book 2, ch 9. Section 3
This was told to Amram in a vision while he slept. When he awoke he told his wife. Did they tell their son? If so, when?
Neither the Bible nor Josephus records this, but I doubt he learnt of it in the manner shown in the Ten Commandments movie, enjoyable as the movie was.
Josephus records that Moses success in defeating the Ethiopians, and perhaps his marriage to the daughter of the Ethiopian king, caused much jealousy among the Egyptians and they feared what he might do. The New Complete Works of Josephus, book 2, ch 10.
Was it on his triumphant return that Moses thoughts ‘came together’? He had conquered the Ethiopians did this stir up his thoughts of being the deliverer of the Hebrews.
The Bible records…
“Now it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown that he went out to his brethren and looked on their burdens. And he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren.” Exodus 2: 11
At this point in time he knew the Hebrew people were his brethren.
Did he decide then that he was going to start his role as deliverer?
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: 12
He should have waited for God!
It all backfired on him.
“And when he went out the second day, behold, tow Hebrew men were fighting, and he said to the one who did the wrong, “Why are you striking your companion?”
Then he said, “Who mad 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!”
Here Josephus adds some detail, saying that Moses went away privately; and because the public roads were watched, he took his flight through the deserts, and where his enemies could not suspect he would travel.
The New Complete Works of Josephus, book 2, ch 11.
Moses didn’t wait for God – so had God finished with him? No, but he had much to learn.
Remember the prophecy recorded by Josephus…
“…he shall deliver the Hebrew nation from the distress they are under from the Egyptians.”
In God’s time…
Everything works as it should, if we wait for God to lead instead of running ahead of Him.
That’s it for this week, till next time…
Tread softly because you might be treading on someone’s dreams.