Exodus 2 Outline
– A Levite couple had a son and they floated the boy in a papyrus basket on Nile River (Exodus 2:1-4)
– Pharaoh’s daughter discovered a baby boy in the papyrus basket (Exodus 2:5-6)
– The baby’s sister got the mother to nurse the boy until he is older (Exodus 2:7-9)
– The boy was brought to live in the palace when he was older and Pharaoh’s daughter called him, Moses (Exodus 2:10)
– Moses killed an Egyptian who oppressed his fellow Israelite and hid him in the sand (Exodus 2:11-12)
– Moses rebuked two Israelites who are fighting with each other (Exodus 2:13-14)
– Moses fled to Midian and helped the daughters of a priest in Midian to water their flock (Exodus 2:15-20)
– Moses stayed with the priest of Midian and married his daughter, Zipporah (Exodus 2:21-22)
– The pharaoh who oppressed the Israelites died and God heard the cries of the Israelites (Exodus 2:23-25)
Exodus 2 Summary
A man from the Levi tribe married a Levite woman. The Levite woman gave birth to a son. She saw that he was a fine child and he hid him in the papyrus basket. The papyrus basket was coated with tar and pitch and floated among the reeds. The daughter of pharaoh was bathing and she spotted the papyrus basket. She sent a female servant to get the papyrus basket. She opened the basket and saw the baby crying and felt sorry for him.
She knew the baby belonged to Hebrew parents. Then, the baby’s sister went to pharaoh’s daughter and asked if she want her to get a Hebrew woman to nurse the baby. Pharaoh’s daughter gave the girl permission to do so and she went to get the mother of the baby. Pharaoh’s daughter let the mother nurse the baby. When the boy grew older, he was brought to the palace. Pharaoh’s daughter named him Moses because he was drawn out of the water.
Moses saw a Hebrew as being beaten by an Egyptian and he was angry so he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. On the following day, Moses saw two Hebrews fighting with each other. He asked them why are they fighting against one another since they are brothers. The man who was wrong rebuked his authority to rule and judge them. He asked Moses if he is thinking of killing him as he killed the Egyptian yesterday. When pharaoh knew about this, he wanted to kill Moses but Moses ran away to Midian. When he was sitting by the well in Midian, the daughters of a priest of Midian came to draw water but some shepherds drove them away. Moses came to their help and watered their flocks.
The priest of Midian asked his daughters why they came back early and they replied an Egyptian rescued them from the shepherds and drew water for them. The priest of Midian called Reuel then instructed his daughter to invite him over for a meal. Moses stayed with the priest of Midian and married his daughter, Zipporah. Moses and Zipporah had a son called Gershom. Moses named the baby Gershom because he has become a foreigner in a foreign land.
Later, the pharaoh who exercised slavery on the Israelites died. The Israelites cried out to God in their sufferings and God heard their prayers and was concerned about them.
Exodus 2 Bible Study
1. Trust in God
Moses was the son of Amram and Jochebed (Exodus 6:20). When Jochebed could no longer hide the baby, Moses, she put him in a tar coasted papyrus basket and floated him across the Nile River. In Hebrews 11:23, Moses’ parents hid the boy Moses for 3 months by faith after he was born. Because they saw Moses was a proper child, they weren’t afraid of the king’s command. God put it in the heart of Amram and Jochebed to hide Moses. Sometimes, the Holy Spirit will move you and put in your heart to do something. The Holy Spirit can speak to you. The Holy Spirit is the small voice in your heart that speak to you. He will guide you and help you to live a victorious Christian life (John 14:26). When the Holy Spirit tell or prompt you to do something, you must do it and not ignore him. If you don’t do what the Holy Spirit tells you, you will grieve him (Ephesians 4:30).
2. Moses was raised up by Pharaoh’s daughter as part of God’s plan
It was God’s plan that Moses was raised up by Pharaoh’s daughter in the palace. Because Moses became the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, he lived in the palace and got a good education. Moses was saved from the hands of Pharaoh so that he can lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Everything happens as part of God’s plan. In Romans 8:28, God works the good for those he love, who have been called according to his purpose.
3. Do not murder
In Exodus 2:11-12, Moses killed an Egyptian who was hitting a Hebrew when no one was seeing and hid him in the sand. Murder is a sin. Hating and feeling jealous about other people is considered as murder as well (Exodus 20:13; Deuteronomy 5:17; James 4:2).
4. Everything happens at God’s timing
Moses knew God’s purpose is that he delivered the Israelites from the hands of Pharaoh yet it isn’t the time yet for him to do so. When he rebuked a Hebrew for beating a fellow Hebrew, the Hebrew who was wrong rebuked his authority over them and revealed that he knew about him killing the Egyptian. When Pharaoh knew that Moses killed an Egyptian, he pursued after him but he had already escaped to Midian. The Midianites were descendants of Abraham and they worshiped God. These are all part of God’s plan. God’s timing is that Moses delivered the Israelites from the hands of the Egyptians later. Later, Moses met with God in a burning bush on Mount Sinai. In Ecclesiastes 3:1, there is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven. In Ecclesiastes 3:17, God will judge both the righteous and wicked for a time for every matter and for every deed. In Ecclesiastes 8:6, there is a proper time and procedure for every matter although the misery of a man weigh heavily upon him.
5. Take initiative to help those in need
Moses took the initiatives to help the girls by driving away the shepherds and watering the flocks. Whenever you see someone in need, you should not turn him away but do your best to help him. In Hebrews 13:16, we must no neglect to do good and share what we have. Such sacrifices are pleasing to God. In Philippians 2:4, we should not only look to the interest of ourselves but also care for others. In Luke 6:38, give and it will be given to you. In 1 John 3:17, God’s love does not abide in someone who has the world’s possessions yet refuse to help a brother in need. In James 2:14-17, faith has deeds. If you believe in Jesus then you must show that you are his disciple. To show that you are Jesus’ disciple, you must show love to others because all the commandments sum up to love God with all your heart, soul and mind and loving others as much as you love yourself (Matthew 22:36-40). In Galatians 6:2, we must bear one another’s burdens because this fulfills the law of Christ. In John 15:12, God’s commandment is that we love one another as he has loved you.
6. God always keep his promise
In Exodus 2:23-24, the Israelites cried out to God about their sufferings because of the slavery and God heard their cries and was concerned for them. God always keep his promise. Now is the time for the deliverance of the Israelites. God is a faithful God and he always keep his promise (Deuteronomy 7:9; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:24; 2 Timothy 2:13; Psalm 105:7; Isaiah 49:7).