Exodus 2:11-22 ESV
11 One day, when Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and looked on their burdens, and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his people. 12 He looked this way and that, and seeing no one, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 When he went out the next day, behold, two Hebrews were struggling together. And he said to the man in the wrong, “Why do you strike your companion?” 14 He answered, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid, and thought, “Surely the thing is known.” 15 When Pharaoh heard of it, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and stayed 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 The shepherds came and drove them away, but Moses stood up and saved them, and watered their flock. 18 When they came home to their father Reuel, he said, “How is it that you have come home so soon today?” 19 They said, “An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds and even drew water for us and watered the flock.” 20 He said to his daughters, “Then where is he? Why have you left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread.” 21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter Zipporah. 22 She gave birth to a son, and he called his name Gershom, for he said, “I have been a sojourner in a foreign land.”
I.SUMMARIZING LAST WEEK
A.God’s sovereignty is in seen in His ultimate freedom, His total control, & His lack of frustration. God’s providence uses what is random as a prelude to redemption.
II.YOUNG MOSES AND GOD’S PROVIDENCE
A.Moses’ life is not only spared by God, but he is raised as the deliverer of Israel in the house of Pharaoh.
B.Moses’s never forgets his heritage and at the right time, God starts to work the Egypt out him, so that he can lead Israel out of Egypt. (Acts 7:23-25)
III.THE GOD WHO CONTROLS WHAT AND WHEN (12-14)
A.Moses’ had to learn that not only can we trace the hand of God in our past, we cannot force the hand of God in the present. (Galatians 4:4-5, Genesis 15:13-16)
B.God is always ready to act, but sometimes we are not, yet. God loves us too much to set us up for failure. (1 Cor 10:13)
IV.THE GOD WHO WORKS MYSTERIOUSLY IN MIDIAN
A.Moses’ murderous act was not a crime. His choice of God’s people over Pharaoh was. (Hebrews 11:24-26)
B.Moses is providentially led by God to the priest and people of Midian, fellow ancestors of Abraham.
C.4 ways we see God’s providential hand in the life of Moses in Midian:
1.God often draws us out to draw us in.
2.God comes close to us so that we can be close to Him.
3.We live in exile under the covenantal promises of God until He sees fit to send Jesus, our Deliverer, once again for us.
Exodus 2:23-25 PERSONAL FRIEND, PROMISE KEEPER