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”.
8 ) Presumably because he met a woman and got married.
9a) He didn’t feel at home.
b) Personal Question. My answer: When we moved to North Dakota.
c) Personal Question. My answer: I learned to be happy there but never content. I fit in (kind of). I endured.
d) Letting him grow older and wiser. Living as an Israelite also gives Moses credibility with the people and proves to them he is willing to give up all his advantages in life to help them.
Conclusions: Like yesterday, not very meaty questions and not sure why this needed to be two days worth.
End Notes: I’m sure Moses felt defeated and deflated, sure he was doing God’s work only to be rejected. Little did he know he just needed more preparation.
Why did Moses go to Midian in the first place? Moses was now a fugitive on the run and if indeed the Pharaoh during this time was Rameses II (whom scholars say was the most likely candidate), then during this time Egypt had an agreement with the Hittites in the north to return any fugitives caught (like our extradition treaties we have with some nations). Hence, Moses fled to Midian where he would be safe from extradition.
Did Moses marry an infidel? Odds are highly unlikely. Since Reuel was a priest, he was most likely a descendent of Abraham through Keturah (Genesis 25:1-2) and worshipped the One, True God. Hence, God brought Moses to this family specifically.