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Moses murdered an Egyptian

11In those days, when Moses had grown up, he went out to his brothers and saw their burdens…

Exodus 2:11-23

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11…He saw an Egyptian striking a Hebrew, one of his brothers.

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12 He looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no one, he killed the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.

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13He went out the second day, and behold, two men of the Hebrews were fighting with each other. He said to him who did the wrong, “Why do you strike your fellow?”

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14He said, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you plan to kill me, as you killed the Egyptian?” Moses was afraid, and said, “Surely this thing is known.”

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15Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to kill Moses…

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15..But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and lived in the land of Midian, and he sat down by a well.

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16Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters. They came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. 17The shepherds came and drove them away;

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17…but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.

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18 When they came to Reuel, their father, he said, “How is it that you have returned so early today?” 19 They said, “An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and moreover he drew water for us, and watered the flock.” 20He said to his daughters, “Where is he? Why is it that you have left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread.”

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21 Moses was content to dwell with the man. He gave Moses Zipporah, his daughter.

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22 She bore a son, and he named him Gershom, for he said, “I have lived as a foreigner in a foreign land.”

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23In the course of those many days, the king of Egypt died, and the children of Israel sighed because of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. 24God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25God saw the children of Israel, and God was concerned about them.

Exodus 2:11-23

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Moses murdered an Egyptian

11In those days, when Moses had grown up, he went out to his brothers and saw their burdens…

Exodus 2:11-23

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11…He saw an Egyptian striking a Hebrew, one of his brothers.

Exodus 2:11-23

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12 He looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no one, he killed the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.

Exodus 2:11-23

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13He went out the second day, and behold, two men of the Hebrews were fighting with each other. He said to him who did the wrong, “Why do you strike your fellow?”

Exodus 2:11-23

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14He said, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you plan to kill me, as you killed the Egyptian?” Moses was afraid, and said, “Surely this thing is known.”

Exodus 2:11-23

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15Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to kill Moses…

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15..But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and lived in the land of Midian, and he sat down by a well.

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16Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters. They came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. 17The shepherds came and drove them away;

Exodus 2:11-23

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17…but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.

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18 When they came to Reuel, their father, he said, “How is it that you have returned so early today?” 19 They said, “An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and moreover he drew water for us, and watered the flock.” 20He said to his daughters, “Where is he? Why is it that you have left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread.”

Exodus 2:11-23

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21 Moses was content to dwell with the man. He gave Moses Zipporah, his daughter.

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22 She bore a son, and he named him Gershom, for he said, “I have lived as a foreigner in a foreign land.”

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23In the course of those many days, the king of Egypt died, and the children of Israel sighed because of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up to God because of the bondage.24God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25God saw the children of Israel, and God was concerned about them.

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If you drink something sweet before you drink a bitter concortion, you will find the concortion far more bitter than it actually is. It is the same with life. Moses grew up in the Palace, living a life honored as a prince. He probably had a good education and well trained in many fields of knowledge. According to Acts 7:23, Moses was 40 years old when he killed the Egyptian and fled from Egypt. At that prime age, having to leave the most powerful country in that era, having to leave the luxurious palace, the place where he was honored as a prince, where he possessed some level of authority and power, and landed up living in exile in Midian, that was not an extremely devastating situation. The bible recorded that Moses lived 40 years in Midian. That was a pretty long time.

We can imagine how Moses could have regretted over how his rash act caused his entire life to be destroyed — from a Prince to a shepherd. Above all, knowing that God had a calling for him to rescue his people (Acts 7:25), Moses must had felt that he could had lost his calling. Being in Midian tending flocks, as a human, Moses would not be able to see how his life could ever be used by God to fulfill his calling. That 40 years period of Moses’ life must had been extremely difficult — like having a sweet drink before a bitter concoction. He was probably struggling with regret, guilt, hopelessness and having to accept that his best days were long over and seeing his life ending as someone tending flocks… as he grew in years — from the 40s into the 70s….and finally reaching 80.

I believe Moses walked intimately with the LORD in those 40 years. That was what gave him strength to find contentment (Exodus 2:21). Moses learned the secret to being content in any and every situation (Philippians 4:12-13). The secret is the all-satisfying presence of the LORD, the unexplained peace and beauty felt even in the darkest and most hopeless time of his life. The confident believe that spring out from his heart that the LORD God will forgive all his sins and would one day still fulfill the plan He had drawn out for Moses’ life even before he was born.

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How to become a believer?

You can be a believer simply by saying this prayer:

Dear God, thank you for so wonderfully make me and thank you for sending your Son, LORD Jesus to die for me so that I can have the blessed life that you intended for me — a life of leadership and fruitfulness. Now I believe and accept Jesus as my LORD and Saviour. I believe that from this time forth, I am a new creation, I am born again and I have the eternal life that Jesus came to give me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

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