Summary of passage: Moses as a young man went out one day to watch his people at their labor. He witnessed an Egyptian beating a Hebrew so he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. The next day he saw two Hebrews fighting and asked why. The man said he knew he killed the Egyptian so Moses was afraid.
3a) Yes. The Bible tells us “Glancing this way and that and seeing no one” so Moses thought first before murdering the man. If someone had been around, Moses would not have killed the man. Thus, he didn’t act out of uncontrolled anger but out of premeditation.
[Note: Some scholars say Moses killed the man to help the Israelites recognize him as their deliverer.]
b) We learn Moses was forty years old. Moses thought he would be recognized as a rescuer of his people, but he wasn’t. He killed the man because he was defending the Hebrew and avenging him. He tried to reconcile the two who were fighting the next day. He fled to Midian and had 2 sons.
c) It seemed he thought God would make them see and they would recognize he was from God.
4a) I think Moses chose to identify with them first. He chose to be a Hebrew rather than an Egyptian. God lets all of us choose our path. Therefore, I think Moses had to choose his people first (and thus chose God himself) before God would reveal His plan to him. Also, if Moses had chosen to be an Egyptian, he wouldn’t have visited the Hebrew slaves. He wouldn’t want to have anything to do with them for he was better than them and they were unworthy of him.
b) Faith in the One, True God.
c) Everything. Power, riches, maybe the throne of Egypt, an easy life, his friends, his family, his life for now he was a wanted man.
d) Moses chose the hard life of following Christ over the easy life of an Egyptian prince because he knew his eternal reward was in heaven and not on earth.
5a) He was determined, strong, confident yet quick to take a life to prove himself. He underestimated how much he needed God with him. He underestimated the work involved in being a deliverer of a people who see him as a foreigner and not as a Hebrew.
b) His methods (sinning just to prove himself). His closeness to God. Listening to God first before acting. Patience.
Conclusions: It seems to me that Moses had some word from God that he was to rescue and deliver the Israelites; hence, setting this scene in motion. We are not told but Moses has this idea and it had to come from somewhere. I think God did tell Moses this but didn’t tell him the time so Moses jumped the gun here and paid the price for not waiting on God.
I like how Moses had to choose God first before God would act. I like how Moses took the path less taken to become one of the greatest men in history. If he had chosen to be an Egyptian prince, he would be just as nameless as this Pharaoh. Instead, he followed God and God’s purpose.
End Notes: Notice how Moses is rejected by his own people. Remind you of anyone? Yep, Jesus. Moses’ life will closely mirror Jesus’. Moses is correct in his role as redeemer; he just had to wait on God.