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“But as the time drew near for the fulfillment of the promise that God had made to Abraham, our people in Egypt
increased and multiplied until another king who had not known Joseph ruled over Egypt. He dealt craftily with our race and forced our ancestors to abandon their infants so that they would die. At this time Moses was born, and he was beautiful before God. For three months he was brought up in his father’s house; and when he was abandoned,
Pharaoh’s daughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son. So Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in his words and deeds.
“When he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his relatives, the Israelites. When he saw one of them being wronged, he defended the oppressed man and avenged him by striking down the Egyptian. He supposed that his kinsfolk would understand that God through him was
rescuing them, but they did not understand. The next day he came to some of them as they were quarreling and tried to reconcile them, saying, ‘Men, you are brothers; why do you wrong each other? But the man who was wronging his neighbor pushed Moses aside, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’ When he heard this, Moses fled and became a resident alien in the land of Midian. There he became the father of two sons.
Want to dig deeper? Additional Scripture Suggestions:
The Story of Moses’ Early Life is found in Exodus 1-2
1. What connections do you see to the overarching theme of taking the Gospel message to the ends of the earth?
2. What connections did you see within the additional scripture references? How did this enhance your understanding of today’s passage?
3. What similarities did you hear between the First Century church and the American church today?
4. When reciting the history, why was the section on Moses important enough to share at his trial? What part of your faith journey would you find important to share in times of crisis?