1. The Pharaoh had decreed that the male children be killed by casting them “into the river,” but in the Lord’s providence there was one child that was placed in the river, and retrieved by the house of Pharaoh. The seed sown to destroy turns out to destroy the sower! “What looked like a potentially disastrous situation turned out, under the providence of God, to be the means by which God could prepare Moses for the great challenge which was ahead” (Davis, p. 60).
2. The adopted mother could not nurse the child as a child needs nurturing, thus the child is taken to his real mother. In time, the child Moses is brought back to the Egyptian court and given the best education available (Acts 7:21-22), though later in life he refused to be identified as an Egyptian (Hebrews 11:24).
3. Moses, about 40 years of age, defended his ancestral brother from an Egyptian overlord, but while he thought this act was hidden from the people, it had become known – even known all the way up to Pharaoh. Of course (at least to me), such actions will make their way of the channel when a perpetrator is of the house of Pharaoh; kings learns about such things. How was it that Moses would have learned that he was a Hebrew and that God was delivering the Israelites by his hand (cf. Acts 7:25)? There are actually a couple of possibilities, but since the Record says nothing, our speculation will be of no real value. I am reminded of the God’s promise to Abraham being “interrupted” also (Genesis 16); Moses flees the wrath of the king and goes into the land of Midian; there he defends the honor (and work) of Reuel’s daughters. Jethro (Reuel) invites the “Egyptian” to stay with him.
4. Application: To begin, let us not gain “knowledge” of what we know of Moses, the Exodus, and the giving of the ten commandments via the movie “The Ten Commandments’! to learn from the actual source is SO much better than anything Hollywood can produce. Second, think about what Moses gave up. He gave up all the wealth that Egypt could have afforded him to be called the son of a Hebrew slave. He gave up all the luxury of Egypt in order to live in a desert. He gave up, potentially (cf. Davis), to be king over Egypt in order to be a lonely shepherd living in a barren region. This helps us reflect on what it is that we might give up for a cause greater than self.