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A Man On The Run

As we can see, Moses is now a man on the run. Not a man who was in search of something, as most would teach. But instead, a man who acted on his own and because of this, made a terrible mistake in the process. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not looking down on Moses for what he did...

(Bible Study Online Article Covers: Exodus 2:20)

Short Recap?

In the last article we learned that Moses no longer held his royal position within the Egyptian kingdom, being that he was forced to flee from Egypt.

This came about, because Moses had killed an Egyptian that was punishing a fellow Hebrew.

Moses thought he could perhaps; keep this fatal event a secret.

After all, the Hebrew whom he saved wouldn't report, or tell on him, right? Perhaps not. So maybe he wouldn't had told the Egyptians, but he absolutely would have told his fellow kinsmen. He would had told how Moses saved him from the Egyptian that was inflicting harm upon him. And because of this act on Moses part, you would think that the Hebrews would appreciate what Moses had done, for one of their fellow brethren.

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But There Seemed to be Animosity Towards Moses?

But what we would soon find out is that the Hebrews was perhaps, not pleased with Moses and the position he held; and this overshadowed anything that he could have possibly done to please them:

"And when he [Moses] went out the second day, behold, two Hebrew men were fighting, and he said to the one who did the wrong, 'Why are you striking your companion?' Then he said, 'Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?' So Moses feared and said, 'Surely this thing is known!' When Pharaoh heard of this matter, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh and dwelt in the land of Midian; and he sat down by a well." -- Exodus 2:13,14

But as we moved forward in the last article, we learned that it was at this point that Moses would end up being a big help to the seven daughters of Reuel the priest of Midian:

"Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters. And they came and drew water, and they filled the troughs to water their father's flock. Then the shepherds came and drove them away; but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock." -- Exodus 2:16,17

Because of this the women ran home to tell their father about the great deed that Moses had done for them, when it came to the shepherds that were bothering them and keeping them from the water well. After hearing this, Reuel asked the girls to invite Moses to come back with them: "So he said to his daughters, 'And where is he? Why is it that you have left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread.'" -- Exodus 2:20

But before we go forward, I want to make something clear, when it comes to my approach to Moses' account.

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Just A Man On the Run?

First off as we can see, Moses is now a man on the run and not a man who was in search of something, as most would teach and preach. But instead, a man who acted on his own and because of this, made a terrible mistake in the process. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not looking down on Moses for what he did and I'm not justifying his actions either.

Perhaps this murder was an accident? Some would also say, that this was by design? And judging by the events that would eventually begin to take place within Moses' life, it's hard to disagree with that notion.

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A Certain Connection Has to be Made?

Make no mistake, Moses wasn't a wicked man with a cold and calculating heart, for if he were, we would have heard about his conversion before God worked so miraculously through him. No not Moses, he was a good man, who made a serious mistake while standing up for something he believed in.

So keep that in mind as we move forward throughout his account, for it will help us to be able to connect with Moses on a personal level. This personal connection is vital for us here in the 21st century. Being that it keeps us from falling into the limited thought process, perceptions and crazy talking points that are carried and spoken by the majority of us Christians, when it comes to the account of Moses.

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Let's Take a Closer Look on What I'm Referring To?

Understand that Moses was a person just like you and I. And we must not, make the mistake of limiting this Sacred Record to just the "Law" or "This is the Old Covenant, but now were under the New Covenant" type of attitudes. People who say these things, have severely restricted mindsets: and I don't care how many divinity and theological degrees they may have on their wall.

We as Christians tend to make the serious mistake by adopting this type of mindset as well and by doing so, we begin to disregard the Sacred Text as to being outdated, no longer necessary. For we quickly boast: "We are no longer under the Law, but we are justified by faith. We aren't judge by the Law, we are now judged by Jesus Christ."

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Yeah I Agree... But?

And rest assure, I agree with this statement, but aren't we still supposed to adhere to the Law? :

"Do not think that I [Jesus] came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." -- Matthew 5:17-19

"Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law." -- Romans 3:31

To put it simply, it's by the will of God that we continue to obey the Law, even though we've been set free from sin and death, through the blood of Jesus Christ. Don't make the crucial mistake of thinking that we now have a license to sin, because we accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior.

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This Is Not A Debate?

But this article isn't meant to be a debate on this issue. Besides, what will it change? Aren't we about doing the shortcuts and taking the easy way out... right? I mean: "Are you kidding me the gospel will do just fine, I don't need, or have time for all the extra details."

And this is why you always find these types of people falling, crumbling and folding when they are presented with the questions: "How do you know Jesus is the only way to heaven?" or, "How do you know Jesus is the true Messiah." Oh, and by the way, people who claim to have read the Word of God, and they continue to ask questions of such.. guess what? They haven't read it, for if they have, they wouldn't be asking these type of silly questions.

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Are You Courageous Enough To Go Beyond?

My goal is to get you to see beyond the surface of the text. To break free from the shackles of limited thought and the restricted perceptions that people try to place on the Sacred Record of Moses and the Word of God as a whole.

Once you are able to go beyond, you will see that we aren't that much different from Moses? After all, is it possible that Moses' Sacred Account rings more true today, than it did when he was actually living it? Understand that Moses at this point in his life, was just trying to survive, trying to make sense of all that he was now enduring, from his actions against the Egyptian. He just lost everything he ever known. And for what... for an issue he cared about?

So much so, he was willing to take a chance to lose everything for sticking up for the things that mattered in his heart. This was more important to him, than material things and positions of authority and respect. Moses has now entered into the second phase of his life and he doesn't have a clue on what's going to happen to him next.

In the next Bible Study Online Article:

In the next article we will finish up my rant that I started in this article. Yeah I know. But the good news is that we will finally move forward and see how Reuel will reward Moses, or if he will reward him at all for the favor that he did for his daughters. If Moses is rewarded, will he accept? Will Moses decide to stay in the land of Midian, or decide to move on? Yeah I know, but I mean it this time, this will be in the next article.

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128) Moses the Historian

129) The Exodus Stage

130) The Fall of the Hyksos Kingdom

131) A New Pharaoh Rises

132) The Egyptian Affliction

133) Israel a Nation within Transition

134) Israel's New Generation

135) The Hebrew Midwives - Shiphrah and Puah

136) The Hebrew Midwives - The Fear of God

137) Moses the Son of Levi

138) Moses the Son of Egypt

139) Moses the Sympathetic Killer

140) Moses the Exiled Son

141) Moses Finds Refuge in Midian


143) Moses the Midian Dweller

144) Moses In The Wilderness

145) The Call of Moses

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