BSF Study Questions The Life of Moses Lesson 2, Day 4: Exodus 2:15-22

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”.

Questions:

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.

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4 thoughts on “BSF Study Questions The Life of Moses Lesson 2, Day 4: Exodus 2:15-22

  1. I think that there are two main reasons why Moses stays in Midian. The practical side is that he has been rejected in Egypt by his own people, and there is a price tag on his head from pharaoh! This is definitely a very low point in his life from being a prince in Egypt to now a pauper in Midian. And he is now married with a child as AtoZ mentioned. The other reason Moses agreed to stay is the spiritual side. Heb 11:27 states by faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw Him who is invisible. So to me the main reason Moses stays in land of Midian is his faith in God’s eternal plan even though at that point in time he is not thinking that far ahead, BUT God is!

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  2. For instance Moses learned what it meant to be a stranger in a stranger in a strange land. What life was like as an alien. He learned what it meant, so he could relate to the Hebrews, Also, He learned what it meant to be a provider to his wife and he learned what it meant to be a care taker of a child. Thus he would understand in a more profound way what it meant to be a caretaker to God’s people. God was preparing him in a very profound way. In the scripture Moses says He was “content to stay” It was by his choice that he stayed and he was happy in what he chose.

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