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Old 31st October 2017, 06:30 PM
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[Exodus 2]
{2:1} After these things, a man from the house of Levi went out, and he took a wife from his own stock.
{2:2} And she conceived and bore a son. And seeing him to be handsome, she hid him for three months.

Here we see that this child (Moses) comes from the house of Levi (one of the twelve tribes of Israel). With today's language, the "handsome" means that he was born a cute or lovable baby.

{2:3} And when she was no longer able to hide him, she took a small basket woven of bulrushes, and she smeared it with pitch as well as tar. And she placed the little infant inside, and she laid him in the sedges by the bank of the river.

Some scholars note that the word "basked" is the same used for Noah's "ark" in Genesis (Gen 6:14), so a parallel is found in both cases as being saved by floating to safety over water.
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{2:4} His sister was standing at a distance and was wondering what would happen.

Moses only sister, Miriam (Numbers 26:59) (Exodus 15:20).

{2:5} Then, behold, the daughter of Pharaoh descended to wash in the river. And her maids walked along the edge of the cove. And when she had seen the small basket among the papyruses, she sent one of her servants for it. And when it was brought,
{2:6} she opened it; and realizing that within it was a little one crying, she took pity on him, and she said: “This is one of the infants of the Hebrews.”

God has made this baby boy so adorable that the daughter of the Pharaoh (or king of Egypt) took pity on him instead of rejecting him for being Hebrew.

{2:7} And the sister of the boy said to her: “If you wish, I will go and call to you a Hebrew woman, who will be able nurse the infant.”
{2:8} She responded, “Go.” The maid went directly and called her mother.
{2:9} And the daughter of Pharaoh said to her: “Take this boy and nurse him for me. I will give you your wages.” The woman took and nursed the boy. And when he was mature, she delivered him to the daughter of Pharaoh.

Out of the evil that the Pharaoh ordered to do, God provided for this particular Hebrew family, not only got to take care of one of their own, but getting earnings for it.
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{2:10} And she adopted him in place of a son, and she called his name Moses, saying, “Because I took him from the water.”

Here Moses becomes to be instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians as St. Stephen taught (Acts 7:22).

{2:11} In those days, after Moses had grown up, he went out to his brothers. And he saw their affliction and an Egyptian man striking a certain one of the Hebrews, his brothers.

At this point Moses was 40 years old (Acts 7:23). Notice that these other information we know because St. Steven taught us when he was being tried (Acts 7), not because they were written here. So, how did St. Steven know these things? by Tradition. At the time of St. Steven, only the O.T. was available. Sacred Scripture is not the only source of truth for our faith, but Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium (authorized by our Lord - John 20:21).

{2:12} And when he had looked around this way and that, and had seen no one nearby, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.

There is no more details of how the fight went on, but by the information we have here in Sacred Scripture, it seems that Moses committed murder for he punished the Egyptian beyond his crime (of striking one of the Hebrews) and a person is innocent beyond the limit of his guilt. Later God gives the law of justice which is the "Law of Talion", or "Law or Retaliation", "Only one eye for one eye" (Exodus 21:24). With Jesus, this discipline that trained the Israelite people to be just and avoid evil, is ended (Matthew 5:38-42), but the eternal moral law of Justice is fulfilled in Him for only He is truly Just, He is Justice Himself. He also said "...For all who take up the sword shall perish by the sword." (Matt 26:52).

Also, burying the Egyptian's body in the 'sand' was perhaps not a good idea.
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{2:13} And going out the next day, he spotted two Hebrews quarrelling violently. And he said to him who was causing the injury, “Why do you strike your neighbor?”
{2:14} But he responded: “Who appointed you as leader and judge over us? Do you want to kill me, just as yesterday you killed the Egyptian?” Moses was afraid, and he said, “How has this word become known?”

Of course, they body of the Egyptian could easily be found and they may have also seen his crime.

{2:15} And Pharaoh heard this talk, and he sought to kill Moses. But fleeing from his sight, he stayed in the land of Midian, and he sat down next to a well.
{2:16} Now there was a priest of Midian with seven daughters, who came to draw water. And having filled the troughs, they desired to water their father’s flocks.

This priest of Midian is called "Jethro" (Ex 3:1) (4:18 ).

We see a significance of numbers 3 and 7 in this chapter (3 months - Ex 2:2) (7 daughters).

{2:17} The shepherds overcame them and drove them away. And Moses rose up, and defending the girls, he watered their sheep.
{2:18} And when they had returned to their father, Reuel, he said to them, “Why have you arrived sooner than usual?”
{2:19} They responded: “A man of Egypt freed us from the hands of the shepherds. Moreover, he also drew water with us and gave the sheep to drink.”
{2:20} But he said: “Where is he? Why have you dismissed the man? Call him, so that he may eat bread.”
{2:21} Therefore, Moses swore that he would live with him. And he accepted his daughter Zipporah as a wife.
{2:22} And she bore a son to him, whom he called Gershom, saying, “I have been a newcomer in a foreign land.” In truth, she bore another, whom he called Eliezer, saying, “For the God of my father, my helper, has rescued me from the hand of Pharaoh.”

Notice that naming their children for the Israelite people has a significance of how their particular child providentially came to be. Nothing at all of how parents usually name their children today.
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{2:23} In truth, after a long time, the king of Egypt was dead. And the sons of Israel, groaning, cried out because of the works. And their cry ascended to God from the works.

The name of this particular Pharaoh we don't know, and he died.

{2:24} And he heard their groaning, and he also remembered the covenant which he formed with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

The word "remembered" is a figure of speech that the sacred author used. This may have been a literature way of expression of that time. This does not mean that God literally forgot something for He is Omniscent.

{2:25} And the Lord looked with favor on the sons of Israel, and he knew them.

The Pharaoh who wanted to kill infant Hebrew boys has died, this person has a parallel with king Herod 1 who also ordered infanticide at the time when the Messiah came.
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