And 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. And 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. Exodus 2:11-12
All of us have defining moments in our lives. This was Moses’ moment that would change his life forever. As Moses witnesses one of fellow Hebrews being beaten he couldn’t take it anymore. He stood up to the Egyptian , unfortunately killing him. Moses immediately realized his mistake and tried to bury the body
Is this the same Moses that God called to lead the Israelites out of Egypt? The same Moses that God parted the Red Sea for him? The same Moses that God talked to on Mt Sinai and gave him the Ten Commandments? Yes this is the same Moses, God is willing and able to use the imperfect, the broken, the misguided. Moses is clear evidence of this!
And 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? And 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. Exodus 2:13-14
Moses secret didn’t last long, word spread quickly , even to all the Hebrew slaves. This made Moses fear for his life, what if the Pharoah found out he killed a fellow Egytian? This would leave Moses to flee into the wilderness for safety
Now at first glance , this would seem like a total defeat for Moses. But as we know further revelation of this story, God is going to use this time, to prepare Moses for an even greater trip into the Wilderness!
Now 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. Exodus 2:15
The Pharaoh finally did find out, and he wanted Moses dead, just as Moses suspected! Moses now had to leave behind all he knew and would never see Egypt again, or so he thought
Our plans are not always Gods plans. Later we’ll see how God will use Moses to free the Israelite’s from the rule of Pharaoh and the Egyptians!