Exodus 2* Moses is born, and exposed on the river. (1-4) He is found,and brought up by Pharaoh's daughter. (5-10) Moses slays anEgyptian, and flees to Midian. (11-15) Moses marries thedaughter of Jethro. (16-22) God hears the Israelites. (23-25)1-4 Observe the order of Providence: just at the time whenPharaoh's cruelty rose to its height by ordering the Hebrewchildren to be drowned, the deliverer was born. When men arecontriving the ruin of the church, God is preparing for itssalvation. The parents of Moses saw he was a goodly child. Alively faith can take encouragement from the least hint of theDivine favour. It is said, #Heb 11:23|, that the parents ofMoses hid him by faith; they had the promise that Israel shouldbe preserved, which they relied upon. Faith in God's promisequickens to the use of lawful means for obtaining mercy. Duty isours, events are God's. Faith in God will set us above the fearof man. At three months' end, when they could not hide theinfant any longer, they put him in an ark of bulrushes by theriver's brink, and set his sister to watch. And if the weakaffection of a mother were thus careful, what shall we think ofHim, whose love, whose compassion is, as himself, boundless.Moses never had a stronger protection about him, no, not whenall the Israelites were round his tent in the wilderness, thannow, when he lay alone, a helpless babe upon the waves. Nowater, no Egyptian can hurt him. When we seem most neglected andforlorn, God is most present with us. 5-10 Come, see the place where that great man, Moses, lay, whenhe was a little child; it was in a bulrush basket by the river'sside. Had he been left there long, he must have perished. ButProvidence brings Pharaoh's daughter to the place where thispoor forlorn infant lay, and inclines her heart to pity it,which she dares do, when none else durst. God's care of us inour infancy ought to be often mentioned by us to his praise.Pharaoh cruelly sought to destroy Israel, but his own daughterhad pity on a Hebrew child, and not only so, but, withoutknowing it, preserved Israel's deliverer, and provided Moseswith a good nurse, even his own mother. That he should have aHebrew nurse, the sister of Moses brought the mother into theplace of a nurse. Moses was treated as the son of Pharoah'sdaughter. Many who, by their birth, are obscure and poor, bysurprising events of Providence, are raised high in the world,to make men know that God rules. 11-15 Moses boldly owned the cause of God's people. It is plainfrom #Heb 11|. that this was done in faith, with the fullpurpose of leaving the honours, wealth, and pleasures of hisrank among the Egyptians. By the grace of God he was a partakerof faith in Christ, which overcomes the world. He was willing,not only to risk all, but to suffer for his sake; being assuredthat Israel were the people of God. By special warrant fromHeaven, which makes no rule for other cases, Moses slew anEgyptian, and rescued an oppressed Israelites. Also, he tried toend a dispute between two Hebrews. The reproof Moses gave, maystill be of use. May we not apply it to disputants, who, bytheir fierce debates, divide and weaken the Christian church?They forget that they are brethren. He that did wrong quarreledwith Moses. It is a sign of guilt to be angry at reproof. Menknow not what they do, nor what enemies they are to themselves,when they resist and despise faithful reproofs and reprovers.Moses might have said, if this be the spirit of the Hebrews, Iwill go to court again, and be the son of Pharaoh's daughter.But we must take heed of being set against the ways and peopleof God, by the follies and peevishness of some persons thatprofess religion. Moses was obliged to flee into the land ofMidian. God ordered this for wise and holy ends. 16-22 Moses found shelter in Midian. He was ready to helpReuel's daughters to water their flocks, although bred inlearning and at court. Moses loved to be doing justice, and toact in defence of such as he saw injured, which every man oughtto do, as far as it is in his power. He loved to be doing good;wherever the providence of God casts us, we should desire andtry to be useful; and when we cannot do the good we would, wemust be ready to do the good we can. Moses commended himself tothe prince of Midian; who married one of his daughters to Moses,by whom he had a son, called Gershom, "a stranger there," thathe might keep in remembrance the land in which he had been astranger. 23-25 The Israelites' bondage in Egypt continued, though themurdering of their infants did not continue. Sometimes the Lordsuffers the rod of the wicked to lie very long and very heavy onthe lot of the righteous. At last they began to think of Godunder their troubles. It is a sign that the Lord is comingtowards us with deliverance, when he inclines and enables us tocry to him for it. God heard their groaning; he made it toappear that he took notice of their complaints. He rememberedhis covenant, of which he is ever mindful. He considered this,and not any merit of theirs. He looked upon the children ofIsrael. Moses looked upon them, and pitied them; but now Godlooked upon them, and helped them. He had respect unto them. Hiseyes are now fixed upon Israel, to show himself in their behalf.God is ever thus, a very present help in trouble. Take couragethen, ye who, conscious of guilt and thraldom, are looking toHim for deliverance. God in Christ Jesus is also looking uponyou. A call of love is joined with a promise of the Redeemer.Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I willgive you rest, #Mt 11:28|.
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