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Exodus Chapter 2: The Child Moses on the Nile
The Child Moses on the Nile
Exodus Chapter 2

1 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.

2 And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.

3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink.

4 And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.

5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river's side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it.

6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews' children.

7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?

8 And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child's mother.

9 And Pharaoh's daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it.

10 And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.

11 And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren.

12 And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.

13 And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow?

14 And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known.

15 Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.

16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock.

17 And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.

18 And when they came to Reuel their father, he said, How is it that ye are come so soon to day?

19 And they said, An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and also drew water enough for us, and watered the flock.

20 And he said unto his daughters, And where is he? why is it that ye have left the man? call him, that he may eat bread.

21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter.

22 And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land.

23 And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.

24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.

25 And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.

Exodus Chapter 2: The Child Moses on the Nile by Gustave Doré
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Exodus Chapter 2 Bible commentary...

Moses is born, and exposed on the river. (1-4) He is found, and brought up by Pharaoh's daughter. (5-10) Moses slays an Egyptian, and flees to Midian. (11-15) Moses marries the daughter of Jethro. (16-22) God hears the Israelites. (23-25)1-4 Observe the order of Providence: just at the time when Pharaoh's cruelty rose to its height by ordering the Hebrew children to be drowned, the deliverer was born. When men are contriving the ruin of the church, God is preparing for its salvation. The parents of Moses saw he was a goodly child. A lively faith can take encouragement from the least hint of the Divine favour. It is said, #Heb 11:23|, that the parents of Moses hid him by faith; they had the promise that Israel should be preserved, which they relied upon. Faith in God's promise quickens to the use of lawful means for obtaining mercy. Duty is ours, events are God's. Faith in God will set us above the fear of man. At three months' end, when they could not hide the infant any longer, they put him in an ark of bulrushes by the river's brink, and set his sister to watch. And if the weak affection of a mother were thus careful, what shall we think of Him, whose love, whose compassion is, as himself, boundless. Moses never had a stronger protection about him, no, not when all the Israelites were round his tent in the wilderness, than now, when he lay alone, a helpless babe upon the waves. No water, no Egyptian can hurt him. When we seem most neglected and forlorn, God is most present with us.

5-10 Come, see the place where that great man, Moses, lay, when he was a little child; it was in a bulrush basket by the river's side. Had he been left there long, he must have perished. But Providence brings Pharaoh's daughter to the place where this poor forlorn infant lay, and inclines her heart to pity it, which she dares do, when none else durst. God's care of us in our infancy ought to be often mentioned by us to his praise. Pharaoh cruelly sought to destroy Israel, but his own daughter had pity on a Hebrew child, and not only so, but, without knowing it, preserved Israel's deliverer, and provided Moses with a good nurse, even his own mother. That he should have a Hebrew nurse, the sister of Moses brought the mother into the place of a nurse. Moses was treated as the son of Pharoah's daughter. Many who, by their birth, are obscure and poor, by surprising events of Providence, are raised high in the world, to make men know that God rules.

11-15 Moses boldly owned the cause of God's people. It is plain from #Heb 11|. that this was done in faith, with the full purpose of leaving the honours, wealth, and pleasures of his rank among the Egyptians. By the grace of God he was a partaker of faith in Christ, which overcomes the world. He was willing, not only to risk all, but to suffer for his sake; being assured that Israel were the people of God. By special warrant from Heaven, which makes no rule for other cases, Moses slew an Egyptian, and rescued an oppressed Israelites. Also, he tried to end a dispute between two Hebrews. The reproof Moses gave, may still be of use. May we not apply it to disputants, who, by their fierce debates, divide and weaken the Christian church? They forget that they are brethren. He that did wrong quarreled with Moses. It is a sign of guilt to be angry at reproof. Men know not what they do, nor what enemies they are to themselves, when they resist and despise faithful reproofs and reprovers. Moses might have said, if this be the spirit of the Hebrews, I will go to court again, and be the son of Pharaoh's daughter. But we must take heed of being set against the ways and people of God, by the follies and peevishness of some persons that profess religion. Moses was obliged to flee into the land of Midian. God ordered this for wise and holy ends.

16-22 Moses found shelter in Midian. He was ready to help Reuel's daughters to water their flocks, although bred in learning and at court. Moses loved to be doing justice, and to act in defence of such as he saw injured, which every man ought to do, as far as it is in his power. He loved to be doing good; wherever the providence of God casts us, we should desire and try to be useful; and when we cannot do the good we would, we must be ready to do the good we can. Moses commended himself to the prince of Midian; who married one of his daughters to Moses, by whom he had a son, called Gershom, "a stranger there," that he might keep in remembrance the land in which he had been a stranger.

23-25 The Israelites' bondage in Egypt continued, though the murdering of their infants did not continue. Sometimes the Lord suffers the rod of the wicked to lie very long and very heavy on the lot of the righteous. At last they began to think of God under their troubles. It is a sign that the Lord is coming towards us with deliverance, when he inclines and enables us to cry to him for it. God heard their groaning; he made it to appear that he took notice of their complaints. He remembered his covenant, of which he is ever mindful. He considered this, and not any merit of theirs. He looked upon the children of Israel. Moses looked upon them, and pitied them; but now God looked upon them, and helped them. He had respect unto them. His eyes are now fixed upon Israel, to show himself in their behalf. God is ever thus, a very present help in trouble. Take courage then, ye who, conscious of guilt and thraldom, are looking to Him for deliverance. God in Christ Jesus is also looking upon you. A call of love is joined with a promise of the Redeemer. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest, #Mt 11:28|.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.


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Denis Yoka's Exodus Chapter 2 comment on 11/01/2014, 8:46am...

Do not let anyone intimidate your Size or challenge your greatness because your greatness will be affirmed, confirmed by signs and wonders. Great, you will become even if you didn t born in greatness. How to become great? First of all by the principle of adoption, when a great adopts someone, the man become great Pharaoh adopted Moses and Moses became great adopted by the courtyard of Pharaoh, Moses behaved as the one with greatness out of major for the big things. The principle of adoption is when you are adopted you benefited the name, the power, the idendity, you live in his environment with the same conditions the one who adopts you is a father the adoption is a strong notion our lord Jesus Christ is the son of David because of Joseph not of Mary Joseph was from the Judah s tribe there is no difference between adopted son and biological child. To live in the God s atmosphere,legally,lawfully adopted because of the blood of Jesus Christ which speaks against other blood the blood of Jesus was pours in my behalf, was accepted before the foundation of the world, this blood of Jesus creates new things,promotes someone, brings confusion to the wises, brings greatness. God takes null things and make them great If in 2013, you were null, in 2014 God will make you important if October you were null, November, God will make you very important. God adopted you because he has got a plan project for you.While God adopts you, you must be accommodated with the authority of God, the live of God through Jesus Christ God can give you the supernatural conditions that can influence your natural conditions as Peter walked on the water, as others were disappeared from jails. The one who adopted you, he erased your past and your future is very clear you were at prison, but not now you were malefactor, but not now. The one who adopted with sovereign, he didn t request the permission of someone because he wants you to reveal him to the others. The vision of your life must be complied to what god wants fulfill in your life your thirst, ambition must be to minister for God s interests in his manner because men will intimidate,challenge us you will be discouraged so let us minister for God s interests, as God wants us to deal, in all social s position Moses tried to minister for God without the process of God. The will of God is to do good, so do not fend, there is someone who wants to learn you how to success according the adoption Moses kicked and hid the deceased the greatness of Pharaoh is a small level the greatness of Pothiphar is the small level God said to Moses Now go out with the angels, with the authority of God, with the staff this kind of exit is different from the authority of Pharaoh. Now you can go out with the anointing of god, with his staff God wants to encounter you in your thirst to be useful, to impact the world God wants to encounter you in your dreams, vision to be useful in the God s system. God wants you to be a missionary in your job, with a little job but with the greatness. God wants to give me the greatness irresistible force that sustain me in front of my enemies. God wants to give you a superior portion, furthermore he wants to see your engagement in the kingdom of the heaven. Use your position to minister for god not only for your family. God has the power that lives and rule forever. Where they deny me, God wants to affirm me God will impose me God will impose me because the devil can t decide on my life the devil is not alone on the ground we have also the one who brings life and life in abundance If the devil has already destroyed, it is late term Jesus the life and the resurrection comes to give me the greatness. Never be intimidated because the one who sustains you is greater than all who fighting me. To minister in a new model, never loose occasion to speak about Jesus Christ to live for Jesus Christ, to be presented for Jesus Christ. In the office, to hunt the spirits of slander. To deliver your opponents at home, they will recognize that you have something in you. The same Moses, his greatness not only on words but on signs and wonders also. Signs, wonders are current because God is alive and the false exist and travels faster than the wind. The true must exist because the false is there where the false is there, the true also must exist. I have to be authentic in the authenticity, God wants to come with signs and wonders. God wants me to be confirmed by the signs and wonders, throught that others will understand that God exist


Denis yoka's Exodus Chapter 2 comment about verse 11 on 11/01/2014, 6:25am...

You will become great one day even if at your birth you were little weak Moses the great went out to see the little in order to impact some gifts, to share some graces, to give solutions in their problem not only to admire them!


Emmanuel Ghartey's Exodus Chapter 2 comment on 6/13/2014, 6:25am...

Every gift God gives has a voice and destiny.So God gave the hebrew woman a son and she decided to hide the son but becouse he has avoice and adesiny she could not hide him. Becouse the gift is from he will always protect the gift, so moses was placed on the dangerous nile river and it was the same nile river where Pharaoh decree that every mail child must be put.But God protected him becouse he was a child of destiny.


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