Sh'mot (Exodus) Chapter 2

Sh'mot 2:1-2 Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a daughter of Levi. And the woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for three months.

Levites will be in charge of the house of the L-rd.

The corresponding letter is Beit -house, duality as in husband and wife; also division between good and evil, etc.

Here we see he had to be hidden from others. Yeshua also had to be hidden from others because of Herod. Here again we see the actions of the good vs. the actions of the evil, which fits our corresponding letter - Beit

He was beautiful - the better translation would be "he was a fine child" or "he was a good child".

Sh'mot 2:3-5 But when she could hide him no longer, she got him a wicker basket and covered it over with tar and pitch. Then she put the child into it, and set it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile. And his sister stood at a distance to find out what would happen to him. Then the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the Nile, with her maidens walking alongside the Nile; and she saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid, and she brought it to her.

Tar and pitch comes from oil. Egypt is a producer of oil. Here we have more evidence that the Bible is accurate.

We must remember that the Nile was full of crocodiles at this time. The chance of the child being eaten or drowning was very real. What trust (faith) this woman must have had in HaShem to protect this child. Notice the sister only followed to find our what would happen to him.

The mention of tar and pitch remind us of Noah in his little boat or house provided by G-d for his own to survive during a horrible time. The past should be a reminder that HaShem always does what He promises and we trust He is capable of doing it again. Would you have such trust (faith) in HaShem to put your child in a basket in a dangerous river?

This must have surely been a hard thing to do. This also reminds me of those who give up a child for adoption because they feel their child will be better cared for by others. It would surely be a hard thing to do but must sometimes be done for the welfare of that child.

Back to the daughter of Pharaoh:

Sh'mot 2:6-10 When she opened it, she saw the child, and look, the boy was crying. And she had pity on him and said, "This is one of the Hebrews' children." Then his sister said to Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for you?" And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Go ahead." So the girl went and called the child's mother. Then Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take this child away and nurse him for me and I shall give you your wages." So the woman took the child and nursed him. And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she named him Moshe, and said, "Because I drew him out of the water."

"This is one of the Hebrews' children." - It was obvious that he was one of the babies that her father had ordered to be put to death. Yet HaShem uses Pharaoh's own daughter to protect the baby who would one day deliver the Israelites from slavery.

Look what the L-rd has done. He still provides milk for Moshe and his mother is paid for providing it.

Moshe - according to Josephus Book 2 Chapter 9:6, "Mo" is the Egyptian word for water and "Uses" is what someone rescued from the water is called. So she called him "Mouses". We drop the "u" and get Moses.

Notice that Moshe becomes the child of the Pharaoh's and will receive the blessings and status of this household. Why is this important?

Moshe being the adopted son of Pharaoh, points us to the fact that the Messiah Yeshua would be adopted too but by Yosef (Joseph) who is from the royal lineage too. Yosef (Joseph) was from the house of David and He will be given the promises of that household to rule over not only Israel but also all nations. (Davidic Covenant)

We too are adopted children of G-d.

Ephesians 1:3-6 Praise be to the G-d and Father of our L-rd Yeshua HaMashiach, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Messiah. For he chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Yeshua HaMashiach, in accordance with His pleasure and will-to the praise of His glorious mercy, which He has freely given us in the One He loves.

Sh'mot 2:11-12 Now it came about in those days, when Moshe had grown up, that he went out to his brothers and looked on their hard labors; and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brothers. So he looked this way and that, and when he saw there was no one around, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.

Moshe's life is split nicely into 3 periods of 40 years each. The first 40 years he lived in Egypt in the household of the pharaoh and possibly heir to the throne of Egypt. The second 40 years he lived in the land of Midian as a shepherd. The third 40 years he led the children of Israel out of Egypt and through the wilderness to the Promised Land.

Acts 7:18-29 until there arose another king over Egypt who knew nothing about Yosef (Joseph). "It was he who took shrewd advantage of our race, and mistreated our fathers so that they would expose their infants and they would not survive. "And it was at this time that Moshe (Moses) was born; and he was lovely in the sight of G-d; and he was nurtured three months in his father's home. "And after he had been exposed, Pharaoh's daughter took him away, and nurtured him as her own son. "And Moshe was educated in all the learning of the Egyptians, and he was a man of power in words and deeds. "But when he was approaching the age of forty, it entered his mind to visit his brethren, the sons of Israel. "And when he saw one of them being treated unjustly, he defended him and took vengeance for the oppressed by striking down the Egyptian. "And he supposed that his brethren understood that G-d was granting them deliverance through him; but they did not understand. "And on the following day he appeared to them as they were fighting together, and he tried to reconcile them in peace, saying, 'Men, you are brothers, why do you injure one another?' "But the one who was injuring his neighbor pushed him away, saying, ' Who made you a ruler and judge over us? 'You do not mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday, do you?' "And at this remark Moses fled, and became an alien in the land of Midian, where he became the father of two sons.

In the passage above from the book of Acts we learn that Moshe assumed that G-d planed to use his position in Egypt to free the Hebrews.

Moshe looked at his brothers and was concerned for their welfare. He did not care if it meant he would lose certain pleasures in this world. He left the treasures of Egypt.

Hebrews 11:24-27 By faith Moshe, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of G-d, than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin; considering the reproach of Messiah (Christ) greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing Him who is unseen.

Our Messiah Yeshua was also concerned about our spiritual and physical welfare with the Father and in contrast to Moshe who killed to stop it; Yeshua allowed himself to be stuck down and be buried to take away our sin in order to revive our spiritual condition with the Father first and then He will revive us physically and also revive the standing of Israel in the future. He did not care either if it meant He would have to leave the pleasures in heaven. He left the treasures of the place above. Many of His half-brothers did not understand G-d was granting them deliverance through Him either.

Are we willing to follow Yeshua the true Messiah and therefore the Father even if it may mean we have to leave behind certain fame or pleasures in this world?

Sh'mot 2:13-14 And he went out the next day, and look, two Hebrews were fighting with each other; and he said to the offender, "Why are you striking your companion?" But he said, "Who made you a prince or a judge over us? Are you intending to kill me, as you killed the Egyptian?"

His brothers hurl insults at Moshe for killing someone to save a brother. In contrast, insults are hurled at Yeshua for saving others and also for laying down His own life for the salvation others.

Matthew 27:37-44 And they put up above His head the charge against Him which read, "THIS IS YESHUA (JESUS) THE KING OF THE JEWS." At that time two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left. And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads, and saying, "You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself ! If You are the Son of G-d, come down from the execution stake (cross). "In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking Him, and saying, "He saved others; He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the execution stake (cross), and we shall believe in Him. "He trusts in G-d; let Him deliver Him now, if He takes pleasure in Him; for He said, 'I am the Son of G-d.'" And the robbers also who had been crucified with Him were casting the same insult at Him. NAS