Bible Study Lessons from Exodus 1:8-22; 2:1-10
We’ll learn from Scripture about how God chose Moses to lead his people out of bondage
- the trials they faced
- wrath of God against Egypt
- miracles such as the parting of the red sea
- the lack of faith from the people
- and finally – the arrival at the promised land.
Take time to read verses daily to see what God has to say to you.
The first lesson in Exodus covers the birth of Moses.
Because of the decree from Pharaoh to kill the first born of Israel, his mother sent the child afloat in the Nile.
But, we know from childhood, this baby was going to live on to become one of the most celebrated people of the Old Testament.
Beginning the Study of Exodus – Moses is Born
Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.
He said to his people, “Behold, the people of the sons of Israel are more and mightier than we.
Come, let us deal wisely with them, or else they will multiply and in the event of war, they will also join themselves to those who hate us, and fight against us and depart from the land.”
So they appointed taskmasters over them to afflict them with hard labor.
And they built for Pharaoh storage cities, Pithom and Raamses.
But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they spread out, so that they were in dread of the sons of Israel.
The Egyptians compelled the sons of Israel to labor rigorously; and they made their lives bitter with hard labor in mortar and bricks and at all kinds of labor in the field, all their labors which they rigorously imposed on them.
Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other was named Puah; and he said, “When you are helping the Hebrew women to give birth and see them upon the birthstool, if it is a son, then you shall put him to death; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.”
But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded them, but let the boys live.
So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this thing, and let the boys live?”
The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife can get to them.”
So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and became very mighty.
Because the midwives feared God, He established households for them.
Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, “Every son who is born you are to cast into the Nile, and every daughter you are to keep alive.” – Exodus 1:8-22 NASB
Birth of Moses
Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a daughter of Levi.
The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for three months.
But when she could hide him no longer, she got him a wicker basket and covered it over with tar and pitch.
Then she put the child into it and set it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile.
His sister stood at a distance to find out what would happen to him.
The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the Nile, with her maidens walking alongside the Nile; and she saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid, and she brought it to her.
When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the boy was crying. And she had pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”
Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women that she may nurse the child for you?”
Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go ahead.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother.
Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him.
The child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son.
And she named him Moses, and said, “Because I drew him out of the water.” – Exodus 2:1-10 NASB
Moses – An Old, Old Story
You have probably heard this story hundreds of times. You most likely saw the movie; “The Ten Commandments” staring Charlton Heston.
There is even a musical version available with Val Kilmer playing the part of Moses.
Hollywood did a great job producing these epics based on the life of Moses but here is the real story.
Remember that Moses was born in the land of Goshen; the land given to Jacob and his family when they moved to Egypt.
These heirs of Israel lived in Goshen for 400 years and grew in numbers until the present Pharaoh became afraid of their ability to help enemies of Egypt.
In chapter two you’ll see the story of how Moses was born, placed in the water to be found by Pharaoh’s daughter – and the story of the Exodus from Egypt unfolds.
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