Back in Egypt, all of Joseph’s family has died off but the Israelites have grown exceedingly mighty. The new Pharaoh knows nothing about Joseph and sees the Israelites as a threat. He puts them to hard labor and orders that all Israelite boys who are born be tossed in the river. This is when we meet Moses, a descendant of the Levite tribe. The Lord is working behind the scenes and spares the life of this baby boy but before the Lord uses Moses, Moses endures some hardships himself. Moses was raised in the house of Pharaoh. He is a protector at heart and took matters into his own hands when he killed an Egyptian who was beating up a Hebrew. As a result of his sin, Moses fled to Midian in fear for his life. Moses married Zipporah and they end up having two sons. He spent 40 years in the wilderness where he was stripped down to no longer depend on his own abilities and he learns to depend on God. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob has heard the cries of His people and is about to take action using the now 80 year old Levite boy Moses. But Moses responds, “Who am I…” and God responds, “I will certainly be with you” AND that makes ALL the difference in the world! So God is about to send Moses and his brother Aaron off to Egypt to display His mighty power to the world! Keep reading to see the action unfold.
(Exodus 1:1-2:25, 1 Chronicles 6:1-3a, Exodus 3:1-4:17)