Summary of passage: Pharaoh tried to kill Moses for killing the Egyptian but Moses fled to Midian instead. He rested by a well where a Midian priest had come with his seven daughters to water his flock. Some shepherds came and hogged in but Moses drove them away so the girls could water their flock.
The girls returned to their father, Reuel and told him what happened. He told them to invite this Egyptian to dinner. Reuel gave Moses his daughter, Zipporah, to Moses as a wife. She had a son whom Moses named Gershom, meaning “alien”.
6) From these verses, I can’t describe the country of Midian. All we get is there was a well where some girls watered their father’s livestock. That’s it. Let me know if you can infer from these verses the geography of the land.
However, as most of us know, the Sinai Peninsulas is a desert just like all of this area of the world. On a google search, I found that it has two principle regions: high mountains and a sloping plateau. There is a narrow coastal plain where some farming occurs. Mostly Bedouins live here still, migrating with their flocks with the seasons. It is arid and hot with rain in the winter. The vegetation is sparse and it is an area that is sparsely populated due to the arid climate.
7a) Coming to the defense of the helpless, doing what was right.
c) Personal Question. My answer: Patience. Less apathy, more sympathy.
Conclusions: Not much here to go on. Question 6 annoyed me because it was impossible to answer just using the verses. Most of us use our background knowledge of the area to picture these scenes. I saw no change in Moses (Question 7b). He characteristically helped the girls like he did the Hebrew being beaten by injecting himself in the thick of things. No one died this time is the only difference. I still see him as driving the bullies away. I think this is one of Moses’ greatest character strengths: his desire to help others no matter the cost. I wish I had that sometimes.
This lesson should be combined with fourth day. Would have made a stronger impact.