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Harsher repression

The Israelites’ resentment of Moses, the liberator, only intensified their difficulties, displaying a short-sightedness that failed to consider the lasting glory and prosperity that would come with the Exodus. They were unable to endure even the temporary hardships along the way. Furthermore, Moses’ immediate appeal to God, without demonstrating the unwavering will and unyielding determination of a mountain, did not reflect the behavior of a mature leader. Yet, these attitudes toward God during the process of salvation are often displayed by the saints who are saved through the darkness of each age.

Moses Returns to Egypt

The account of Moses’ return to Egypt is recorded by Moses himself in the Five Books of Moses. Through his writings, Moses reveals his inner thoughts and uncertainties despite being compelled by God’s call to return to Egypt. This honest confession showcases Moses’ human struggles and emphasizes that God’s promises were fulfilled without fail, as reflected in the events he records.

Moses’ Calling

God called Moses, who was 80 years old and living as a humble shepherd in the then-backwater region of Midian. After 40 years of exile, he was physically and socially exhausted. Nevertheless, God chose him to be His great servant, tasked with the momentous work of liberating the Israelites, establishing a vassal state, and conquering Canaan. This divine calling was forceful, as God always acts with force when providing salvation or calling someone in life (Exodus 3:10).

Moses flees to Midian

In Exodus, the passage (Exodus 2:10-15) reveals the events that marked the end of Moses’ 40 years in the Egyptian palace and the beginning of his 40 years in the wilderness. Interestingly, while the text omits the 40 years in the palace (between verses 10 and 11), it provides relative detail about the events leading up to Moses’ time in the wilderness of Midian, spanning verses 11 to 15. This deliberate focus underscores the importance of the event that prompted Moses to leave behind his comfortable life in the Egyptian palace and receive training to become the leader of the Exodus through the Midianite wilderness.

The Birth and Deliverance of Moses

Throughout history, God has chosen Israel as His people and has faithfully remained by their side through every challenge. His commitment to them is unwavering, as seen in the remarkable story of Moses. In the face of difficulties, God never fails Israel. His faithfulness is a testament to His character and His dedication to keeping the covenant He made with His chosen people. The birth and growth of Moses exemplify God’s unwavering commitment to His promises.

Oppressed Israel

Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people:
“Every boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.” (Exodus 1:22)