Dave Burnette's Commentary

Exodus Chapter 2

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Moses
Date Penned: (1450-1410 BC)
Overview: The Record of God's Deliverance of Israel (c 1-40)
Theme: Israel in Egypt (c 1-12)
Message: The Origin of Moses (v 1-25)

Exodus 2 Commentary

(2:1-2) Moses' Heritage -  Although a name is not mentioned yet, the baby in this story was Moses. Moses' mother and father were named Jochebed and Amram. His brother was Aaron and his sister, Miriam

(2:3) Jochebed hides Moses - Moses' mother knew how wrong it would be for the Egyptians to destroy her child. But there was little she could do to change Pharaoh's new law. Her only alternative was to hide the child and later place him in a tiny reed basket on the river. God used her courageous act to place her son, the Hebrew of his choice, in the house of Pharaoh. Do you sometimes feel surrounded by evil and frustrated by how little you can do about it? When faced with evil, look for ways to act against it. Then trust God to use your effort, however futile it seems, in his war against evil.

(2:4) A Floating Basket is Made - This tiny boat made of bulrushes, or papyrus reeds, was fashioned by a woman who knew what she was doing. Egyptian riverboats were made with these same reeds and waterproofed with tar. The reeds, which grew as tall as 16 feet, were gathered in swampy areas along the Nile. Thus, a small basket hidden among the reeds would be well insulated from the weather and difficult to see.

(2:5) Moses is Pulled from the River -  Who was Pharaoh's daughter? Some think that Hatshepsut was the woman who pulled Moses from the river. Her husband was Pharaoh Thutmose IL. (This would match the earlier Exodus date.) Apparently, Hatshepsut could not have children, so Thutmose had a son by another woman, and this son became heir to the throne. Hatshepsut would have considered Moses a gift from the gods because now she had her own son who would be the legal heir to the throne.

(2:7-8) Miriam Keeps an Eye on Moses - Miriam, the baby's sister, saw that Pharaoh's daughter had discovered Moses. She quickly took the initiative to suggest a nurse (her mother) who might care for the baby. The Bible doesn't say if Miriam was afraid to approach the Egyptian princess or if the princess was suspicious of the Hebrew girl. But Miriam did approach her, and the princess bought the services of Miriam's mother. Their family was reunited. Special opportunities may come our way unexpectedly. Don't let the fear of what might happen cause you to miss an opportunity. Be alert fof the opportunities God gives you, and take full advantage of them.

(2:9) Jochebed reunites with Her Child - Moses' mother was reunited with her baby! God used her courageous acts of saving and hiding her baby to begin his plan to rescue his people from Egypt. God doesn't need much from us to accomplish his plan for our lives. Focusing on our human predicament may paralyze us because the situation may appear humanly impossible. But concentrating on God and his power will help us see the way out. Right now you may feel unable to see through your troubles. Realize that God is present with you, and trust him for the way out. That is all he needs to begin his work in you.

(2:12-14) Moses Sin is Uncovered - Moses tried to make sure no one was watching before he killed the Egyptian. But as it turned out, someone did see, and Moses had to flee the country. Sometimes we mistakenly think we can get away with doing wrong if no one sees or catches us. Sooner or later, however, doing wrong will catch up with us as it did with Moses. Even if we are not caught in this life, we will still have to face God and his evaluation of our actions.

(2:15) Moses Runs Away - To escape punishment for killing the Egyptian, Moses ran away to Midian. He became a stranger in a strange land, separated from his home and family. It took many years after this incident for Moses to be ready to serve God. But he trusted God instead of fearing the king (Hebrews 11:2-7). We may feel abandoned or isolated because of something we have done. But though we feel afraid and separated, we should not give up. Moses didn't. He counted on God to deliver him, no matter how dark his past or bleak his future.

(2:17) Moses Fights off the Shepherds - How did Moses handle these shepherds so easily? As an Egyptian prince, Moses would have been well trained in the Egyptian military, the most advanced army in the world. Even a large group of shepherds would have been no match for the sophisticated fighting techniques of this trained warrior.

(2:18) Jethro is known by Another Name -  Reuel is also called Jethro in 3:1.

(2:23-25) God Keeps His Promises - God's rescue doesn't always come the moment we want it. God had promised to bring the Hebrew slaves out of Egypt (Genesis 15:16; 46:3-4). The people had waited a long time for that promise to be kept, but God didn't rescue them until the right time had come. God knows the best time to act. When you feel that God has forgotten you in your troubles, remember that he has a master plan we can't see.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

God Cares About You

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we Continue in the book of Exodus with Chapter 2 and i n today's text we see God's plan to deliver his people in the birth of Moses. Yesterday we started in the book of Exodus and looked at how we will have enemies if we are a child of God. Our reaction is to stand and let the Lord fight our battles making decisions according to the Word of God. Today we We see the miracle of Moses' life with many applications we can apply to our lives. What stands out to me in today's text is verse 24 when God heard their prayers and remembered His promise to Israel. God's plan was already in motion but He makes reference to listening to their prayers and enforcing His Word in their lives. In making application we see that God hears us, is concerned with us, and wants us to have comfort in the promises of His Word, the Bible. The Bible is not just a book of do's and don'ts but is God's personal Words to us. Today's text shows us that God wants to have a relationship with us. How about you? Do you know and understand that God listens to us and wants a relationship with us? Do you pray and read your Bible for comfort and instruction? Let us learn from our text today to take time to reflect and understand this desired relationship between God and man to remember that God Cares about you.   


Exodus 2

Exodus 2

 1And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.

 2And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.

 3And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink.

 4And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.

 5And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river's side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it.

 6And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews' children.

 7Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?

 8And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child's mother.

 9And Pharaoh's daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the women took the child, and nursed it.

 10And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.

 11And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren.

 12And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.

 13And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow?

 14And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known.

 15Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.

 16Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock.

 17And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.

 18And when they came to Reuel their father, he said, How is it that ye are come so soon to day?

 19And they said, An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and also drew water enough for us, and watered the flock.

 20And he said unto his daughters, And where is he? why is it that ye have left the man? call him, that he may eat bread.

 21And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter.

 22And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land.

 23And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.

 24And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.

 25And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.