Exodus – Chapter 2: The Birth of Moses

The first chapter of Exodus brought us the background behind the upcoming Moses-led exodus from Egypt.  The Egyptian king is obviously doing harm to the Israelites, but that harm isn’t much different from what God approves of later in the Bible (I’m primarily thinking of slavery here).  Chapter 2 brings us the birth of Moses.

“But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.” – Exodus 2:3

On one hand I understand that Moses’ mother is simply trying to save him from certain death.  Remember from Exodus Chapter 1 the Egyptian king has ordered all first born sons to be thrown into the Nile and put to death.  On the other hand, putting a baby in a basket in a large river isn’t exactly a recipe for safety.  It’s likely the basket would have tipped or a rapid or a rock or something would tip the basket over and the baby would drown.  It seems to me there are less deadly ways to sneak a baby away?  But maybe not.  If that’s the case, then I suppose Moses’ mother is doing the only thing she can.  A basket in a Nile may be dangerous, but it is a step safer than certain death by the Egyptian king.

“Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. 6 She opened it and saw the baby.” – Exodus 2:5-6

How convenient for the story that the first person to find the baby just happens to be the Pharaoh’s daughter.  Sigh.  Technically possible?  Yes.  Likely?  No and not by a long shot.

“One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people.  Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.” – Exodus 2:11-12

Most Christians don’t realize, because they’ve never read the Bible, that Moses is murderer.  Does God punish Moses?  Nope.  Instead, God elevates Moses to savior of the Israelites.  God allows a murderer to get away with no punishment, yet Job, who did NOTHING, is punished beyond belief.  Next Moses helps out some women and is invited to dinner.

“Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage.” – Exodus 2:21

Unfortunately misogyny doesn’t end with Genesis.  Zipporah has no choice in the matter.  She must abide by her father’s wishes and now abide by Moses’ wishes.

“During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God.  God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob.  So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.” – Exodus 2:23-25

This is hilarious!  An all knowing God forgets about the Israelites until they start groaning and crying?  God needs their pain to finally remember they are suffering horribly?  NOW God is concerned about them?!?!?!  LOL!!!  So much for that all knowing God.

To sum up Exodus Chapter 2, Moses is born, sent away in a basket to save his life as a baby, kills an Egyptian, and marries a woman without her say.  If that’s not enough, God FINALLY remembers the pain the Israelites are facing and is just now concerned.  🙂  Christians really need to read this book!

Coming Soon:  Exodus – Chapter 3:  Moses and the Burning Bush

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