Exodus 2 Commentary
Chapter two does not mention God until the very last verses when people cry out to Him for help. Strange indeed. Fact is that the LORD has been very active all this time, through the conception and birth of Moses. How Moses ended up at the palace, being raised by a maid (his own mother being paid) has fascinated me for a long time. It appears the LORD has a sense of humor!
You would also suspect that Israel has gone mute on her God. The only communication we see from them to their God is ‘groaning’ over their enslavement. It’s not a very positive picture. Only one man appears upset enough to take action. It is Moses. The solution is to kill the oppressor and free the enslaved. It doesn’t work too well and Moses escapes punishment for his crime by fleeing the country.
What motivated your prayer this morning? Was it love for your God or your personal needs? Of the many lines you said in your prayer, how many can be described as ‘self-centered’? If groaning is the only communication between us and our God, then we are truly in trouble.
The chapter closes with the people crying out to the God of Jacob. The holy script reports that the LORD responds in mercy. But how? I guess that is the subject for chapter 3. For now we know that the people have cried out. Their pain has reached heaven, but this information is for ‘the cameras’. Their loving Father had been busy preparing for this moment long before any signs of trouble appeared. The LORD’S tool is Moses. He is now a fugitive in Midian.
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