Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Bible Notes: Ex 1-2

Ex 1:8-2:10. No matter how powerful you are, if God is against you, you aren’t going to accomplish what you want. Pharaoh devises three successive plans to subdue and weaken the Hebrews, and none of them truly work.

--First, they enslaved them. “But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad” (1:12 ESV).

--Second, the Hebrew midwives were instructed to kill the Hebrew sons born. “But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them … So God dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and grew very strong” (1:17,20 ESV).

--Third, Pharaoh commands “all his people” to cast every Hebrew baby boy into the Nile. But what happens?
  • One of his people, in fact one very close to him, his daughter, instead of throwing a Hebrew baby into the Nile, draws one out of the Nile! The very opposite of what he commands! And here thwarted by his own daughter!
  • Then that boy is raised by Pharaoh’s daughter and goes on to completely free the Hebrews from Egypt’s clutches.
  • And get this: “She named him Moses, ‘Because,’ she said, ‘I drew him out of the water’” (2:10). The boy's name, which is similar to the Hebrew word for “draw out,” stands as a defiant reminder that even Pharaoh’s family, his daughter in this case, can be used by God to foil Pharaoh’s plans!

I am reminded of Ps 33:10-11: “The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations” (NIV).

Ex 2:15-21. Parallels between Moses and Jacob.
--Both fled to another land. (cf. Gen 27:42-45)
--Both came to a well. (cf. Gen 29:2)
--Both watered the flocks of their future wife at the well. (cf. Gen 29:10)
--Both went home to the woman’s father, stayed with him, and helped shepherd his flocks (cf. Gen 29:15-20).
--Both eventually married the shepherdess at the well (cf. Gen 29:28).
Ironic that the one then led Israel into Egypt (cf. Gen 46:5-7), and the other led them out some 400 years later.

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