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We know later that Moses drew the people out of Egypt,it is so cool how God works! Little by little.Changing the lives of everyone in the whole world.Drawing people to him ,and out of the world.All praise ,and honour,and glory to God almighty for everything he has done for the world.
I kind of thought that about Reuel but was not very sure.
Good to know that perhaps Keturah had taught her son's about God and that at least Midian passed the belief down
many spiritual events of God water was involved especially near wells because of the value of water in the
The new Pharaoh made conditions far worse for the Israelites, burdening them more with work under mores severe treatment. The Israelites began to groan and cry out out God. God attended to their cries. God's timing is perfect. This was 40 years after Moses fled to Midian. God was preparing the people to truly want to leave this bondage. How often does this happen to people, God allows hardship on people so that they will hate their bondage enough to cry out to God for salvation. God knows just what needs to happen in someone's life to repentance and a point to seek God's help. Trials and tribulations are as important as blessings in accomplishing the plan of God for those His Spirit calls to redemption.
For Moses, perhaps being in Midian 40 years was needed to get the "Egyptian" out of him.
So Moses, buried the dead Egyptian in the sand,, thinking no Egyptian had witnessed the event. However, the next day, upon observing two Hebrews fist fighting, he called out the wrongdoer. They came right back at him and said, "Who made you a prince and judge over us?" and pointed out that they knew he had killed the Egyptian. This made Moses fearful, thinking that if these knew of the killing, surely others with authority may know. And he was right. Pharaoh found out and sought to kill him. It is not known how much of a relationship Moses had with the Pharaoh. But Pharaoh probably did not have a deep love for Moses.
Moses fled as fast as he could travel across the upper Arabian desert to the land of Midian. The Midianites were descendants of Abraham through Keturah, is wife after Sarah died. So, they were distantly related. Moses was 40 years old when he went to Midian. There he met the daughters of Reuel, a priest (don't know if he was a priest of the true God or a priest of a pagan god). The daughters were being harassed by other shepherds at the well where they were to water their sheep. Moses steps in and helps them water the flocks and resist the harassers. When the daughters go home, they tell their father what happened. When he ears, he says something like, "Well, why did you leave him there. Bring him here so we can share a meal! (Remember, he had 7 daughters, and good men were probably hard to find in them parts. So, Moses arrives and is welcomed into the household, given Zipporah to marry, and stays in the land of Midian, serving Reuel and family as a shepherd. He has a son, Gershom. Moses was probably initially unfamiliar with the Midianites and the land, as he most likely spent most of his time in Egypt. But then again, he knew how to travel through the desert country and reach Midian on the east sore of the Gulf of Aqaba.
While in Midian, the king of Egypt died (who was wanting to kill Moses). But it is not known if Moses knew.
They made and "ark" (basket of reeds) sealed with pitch with a lid. Set Moses inside and set it safely among the reeds near where the princess bathed. Older sister, Miriam, stood guard, ready to offer mother as a nursemaid, since the princess was not a lactating mother. The princess, recognizing that he was a Hebrew (perhaps from being circumcised) had compassion on Moses when he cried and readily agreed to have him be nursed and cared for in the home of the nursemaid, his mother. How providential. Jochebed was able to continue caring for Moses until he was weaned and a young child. It must have been hard for her to give him over to the princess. Pharaoh's daughter named him, Moses. We do not know what name his birth parents had given him. Moses means 'the one who draws out' , fittingly prophetic.
As Moses grew up as the princess' son, he was most likely schooled in all of the knowledge of the Egyptians. How much he knew about his Hebrew heritage is unknown, but he must have had some contact with his family, who would have instructed him on the history of their people and of God's "aloneness" as God. Moses had a sense of concern for his Hebrew brethren, because he was upset enough about an over the top mistreatment of Hebrew slaves that he slew the Egyptian task master. We don't hear in Scripture of him being outspoken about the slavery of the Hebrews, nor an agitator for their release.
This is actually the same thing the original King James says. flags is another word for reeds. Ark just means safe place to avoid extinction... similar to the ark of the covenant, and obviously Noah's Ark.