--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.