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Moses is born; and is brought up by Pharaoh's daughter. 1 And there went a man of hold, the babe wept. And she the house of Levi, and took to had compassion on him, and said, wife a daughter of Levi. This is one of the Hebrews' chil
2 And the woman conceived, dren. and bare a son : and when she 7 Then said his sister to Phasaw him that he was a goodly raoh's daughter, Shall I go and child, she hid him three months. call to thee a nurse of the He3 And when she could not lon- brew women, that she
may nurse ger hide him, she took for him the child for thee? an ark of bulrushes, and daubed 8 And Pharaoh's daughter said it with slime and with pitch, and to her, Go. And the maid went put the child therein; and she laid and called the child's mother. it in the flags by the river's brink. 9 And Pharaoh's daughter said
4 And his sister stood afar off, unto her, Take this child away, to wit what would be done to him. and nurse it for me, and I will
5 And the daughter of Pharaoh give thee thy wages. And the wocame down to wash herself at the man took the child, and nursed it. river; and her maidens walked 10 And the child grew, and she along by the river's side ; and brought him unto Pharaoh's when she saw the ark among the daughter, and he became her son. flags, she sent her maid to fetch it. And she called his name Moses :
6 And when she had opened and she said, Because I drew it, she saw the child : and, be- him out of the water.
LECTURE 105. Tenderness of love due to children, and to enemies. The remarkable beauty of the infant Moses, appears to have increased the anxiety of his parents, to preserve him from the death which Pharaoh had decreed. They therefore kept him concealed at home for three months. And when at length he was exposed “ by the river's brink,” it was probably the child's beauty, as well as his tears, which moved the heart of Pharaoh's daughter. The foolish excess of admiration, which is often lavished on outward comeliness, ought not to render us averse to own, that it is a blessing which comes of the Lord. And when we see, either in a child, or in one that is grown up, that gracefulness and agreeableness of countenance, which is apt to win the hearts of the beholders ; let us bethink ourselves, this is God's work, this is but a faint image of that beauty of holiness, from which all by sin have fallen, and to which all may by grace be restored.
The daughter of Pharaoh was well aware, that in saving the lite of this child, she was transgressing her father's charge. “This is one of the Hebrews' children," seemed however to her compassionate mind, no reason against affording it protection. And it has been supposed, with probability, that she took occasion from this circumstance, to obtain the repeal of that cruel edict. Her
immediate resolution to have the child reared, her considerate care to have him nursed by one of the Hebrew women, her taking upon herself the charge of his maintenance, and providing for his education, as though he had been a son of her own, all these things seem doubly amiable, when we consider her as probably an idolater, and ignorant, to no small degree, of her duty to God and to her neighbour. In her we see how the Gentiles were a law unto themselves. In her we see that which will rise up in the judgment, and condemn the cruel order of her father. How much more will it rise up against us, if we are ever tempted to forget, either in regard to the bodies or the souls of children, that it is not the will of our Father which is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish! See Matt. 18. 14.
“ Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies.” Col. 3. 12. Yes, our tenderness of heart and kindness of conduct, must be proportioned to our more certain knowledge, both of God's love for us, and of how deeply we are bound to love one another. Though the child be not beautiful, but plain, though instead of weeping piteously, it should cry passionately, and persist obstinately, it must be our delight, now that we look upon ourselves as holy instead of evil, and beloved when we deserved rather hatred, it must be our delight to receive these little ones in the name of Christ, with such affection as He has shewn towards us. “ Take this child away, and nurse it for me,” we may conceive God to say to us, in behalf of every infant with whom we are concerned. Take him out of the pollution that is in the world through sin, and bring him up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Take him from the many perils which beset him, by the lusts of the flesh, the pride of life, and the malice of Satan ; and establish him in faith, and hope, and love, to be a devoted servant and soldier of Jesus Christ, and through Him to be more than conqueror. Then “I will give thee thy wages.” For whosoever shall thus spend his time and care, over these least of the disciples of Christ, out of a tender regard to their immortal souls, and a lively concern for his honour, shall by no means lose his reward. Nor is it only towards infants that we may learn from Pharaoh's daughter to exercise this compassionate temper. There can be no doubt she had been taught to regard the Hebrews with aversion. And yet it was from them that she adopted Moses for her son. Is there any one who is to us as a Hebrew to an Egyptian? Let it be a reason for us to give him bread when he is hungry, and drink when he is athirst. And let us be so much the more glad to have relieved his necessities, if we are at he same time constrained to say, “ This is one of the Hebrews' children.”
Moses visiteth his brethren, fleeth to Midian. 11 And it came to pass in those drove them away: but Moses days, when Moses was grown, stood up and helped them, and that he went out unto his bre- watered their flock. thren, and looked on their bur- 18 And when they came to Reudens: and he spied an Egyptian el their father, he said, How is it smiting an Hebrew, one of his that ye are come so soon to day? brethren.
19 And they said, An Egyr12 And he looked this way and tian delivered us out of the hand that way, and when he saw that of the shepherds, and also drew there was no man, he slew the water enough for us, and waterEgyptian, and hid him in the ed the flock. sand.
20 And he said unto his daugh13 And when he went out the ters, And where is he? why is second day, behold, two men of it that ye have left the man ? call the Hebrews strove together: him, that he may eat bread. and he said to him that did the 21 And Moses was content to wrong, Wherefore smitest thou dwell with the man: and he gave thy fellow?
Moses Zipporah his daughter. 14 And he said, Who made thee 22 And she bare him a son, and a prince and a judge over us? he called his name Gershom: for intendest thou to kill me, as thou he said, I have been a stranger killedst the Egyptian ? And in a strange land. Moses feared, and said, Surely 23 And it came to pass
prothis thing is known.
cess of time, that the king of 15 Now when Pharaoh heard Egypt died : and the children of this thing, he sought to slay Mo- Israel sighed by reason of the ses. But Moses Aed from the bondage, and they cried, and face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the their cry came up unto God by land of Midian: and he sat down reason of the bondage. by a well.
24 And God heard their groan16 Now the priest of Midian ing, and God remembered his had seven daughters : and they covenant with Abraham, with came and drew water, and filled Isaac, and with Jacob. the troughs to water their father's 25 And God looked
children of Israel, and God had 17 And the shepherds came and respect unto them.
LECTURE 106. That God sent his Son to be our Saviour. From the words of Stephen, recorded in the Acts of the Apostles, we learn that Moses was “full forty years old," when“ it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel.” Acts 7. 23. And the same passage instructs us, what learning and might, in word and deed, he had attained to in Pharaoh's house; when he “refused,” as we are elsewhere told, “ to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; choosing rather to suffer
affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.” Heb. 11. 24, 25. And what an aggravation of his affliction was this, to have his heavenly calling disbelieved, and his wholesome counsel scorned, by those, whose wrongs he was commissioned to redress! How like was he in this respect, as well as in many others, to that Mediator of the New Covenant, who “came unto his own, and his own received him not !" John 1. 11. “He supposed,” says St. Stephen, “his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them." Acts 7. 25. He knew it then himself. He was informed from heaven of what God designed to work by his means. His slaying the Egyptian, and reproving his brethren, were acts in which he was authorised by God. And he fled from the face of Pharaoh, on this occasion, as well as afterwards when he led the children of Israel out of Egypt, not because he feared the wrath of the king, but “as seeing him who is invisible;" Heb. 11. 27; and enduring even flight in obedience to his will.
Moses was forty years old, when first he left the riches of Egypt for the sake of visiting his brethren, and then exchanged the work of redressing their wrongs for the life of a shepherd in the land of Midian. At his first meeting with the daughters of “the priest of Midian," he had occasion to shew the same zeal against the oppression of others, which had led to his retiring from Egypt. And no doubt he was purposely trained, by a variety of trials, all the time of his employment in Midian, for the office which he afterwards so well discharged, of delivering the Israelites from their oppressors. Like David, he was to be taken from feeding the flock, to govern the people of God. See Ps. 78. 71, 72. He was enjoying liberty among the mountains, and communing both with God, and with his own heart, in the leisure which this business afforded; whilst the people who had received him so ungraciously, were sigbing by reason of their bondage. And God, who notwithstanding their unworthiness, gave ear to their groanings, and remembered his covenant with their fathers, was all the while preparing a fit instrument, unknown to them, to fulfil his good pleasure in their behalf. Surely Moses, as well as David, may herein remind us of that true Shepherd, who laid down his life for the sheep. Until He was manifested, the whole creation groaned and travailed in pain together. And God who had respect unto his creatures, and sent his Son to be our Saviour, did so, not for any merit of ours, but in remembrance of his covenant, and in the exercise of his love. Happy are those sheep, who hear their heavenly Shepherd's voice; content to follow where He leads, and to feed where He appoints! Happy are those disciples of the Lord Jesus, who accept thankfully the mediation of their Saviour, glad to be reconciled, through Him, to God, and to each other!
God appeareth to Moses in a burning bush. i Now Moses kept the flock of of their taskmasters; for I know Jethro his father in law, the priest their sorrows; of Midian: and he led the flock 8 And I am come down to delito the backside of the desert, and ver them out of the hand of the came to the mountain of God, Egyptians, and to bring them up even to Horeb.
out of that land unto a good land 2 And the angel of the LORD and a large, unto a land flowing appeared unto him in a flame of with milk and honey; unto the fire out of the midst of a bush: place of the Canaanites, and the and he looked, and, behold, the Hittites, and the Amorites, and bush burned with fire, and the the Perizzites, and the Hivites, bush was not consumed.
and the Jebusites. 3 And Moses said, I will now 9 Now, therefore, behold, the turn aside, and see this great cry of the children of Israel is sight, why the bush is not burnt. come unto me: and I have also
4 And when the Lord saw that seen the oppression wherewith he turned aside to see, God called the Egyptians oppress them. unto him out of the midst of the
10 Come now therefore, and I bush, and said, Moses, Moses. will send thee unto Pharaoh, And he said, Here am I. that thou mayest bring forth my
5 And he said, Draw not nigh people the children of Israel out hither: put off thy shoes from off of Egypt. thy feet, for the place whereon 11 And Moses said unto God, thou standest is holy ground. Who am I, that I should
unto 6 Moreover he said, I am the Pharaoh, and that I should bring God of thy father, the God of forth the children of Israel out of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and Egypt? the God of Jacob. And Moses 12 And he said, Certainly I will hid his face; for he was afraid to be with thee; and this shall be a look upon God.
token unto thee, that I have sent 7 And the LORD said, I have thee: When thou hast brought surely seen the affliction of my forth the people out of Egypt, people which are in Egypt, and ye shall serve God upon this have heard their cry by reason mountain.
LECTURE 107. We ought to live under the conviction of God's presence. The faith which we have in divine things comes of our being told of them. As for the things that we see around us, these are only sensible, and for a time. All our own experience may seem to be confined to impressions made on our outward senses, and to the objects which make them. And yet mankind have in all ages been under the conviction, that there is every where something more than meets the eye, something besides all which our ears can hear, and all which our hands can handle. We feel that in our own body there is a soul. We find evidence of a soul thinking, or feeling, acting, or suffering, in every one of our fellow creatures