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20 At this time Moses was born, and was well pleasing to God; and he was brought up in his father’s house for three months. 21 But when he was set out, Pharaoh’s daughter took him away and brought him up as her own son. 22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds.

 

Moses was born at the point of Israel’s greatest oppression and became their deliverer. 

7:20

At this time Moses was born,

“This time” refers to the previous verse when the Pharoah put Jewish male babies under the sentence of death (Acts 7:19) at the time Moses was born. He came into the world at a time of great persecution.

and was well pleasing to God;

God was pleased to bring Moses on the scene as a deliverer for Israel.

and he was brought up in his father’s house for three months.

God permitted Moses’ family to raise him only for the first three months of his life.

7:21

But when he was set out,

Moses’ mother put the baby Moses in a basket of papyrus leaves sealed with tar in the Nile River.

Pharaoh’s daughter took him away and brought him up as her own son.

When Pharaoh’s daughter came to bathe in the Nile, she found Moses floating in the water and made him her adopted son.

7:22

And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds.

During Moses’ growing years as a child, he became educated in Egyptian wisdom and became erudite in eloquence and deeds (Ex 2:10).

PRINCIPLE:

God makes the difference in ministry.

APPLICATION:

Interestingly, Moses’ view of himself was that he lacked eloquence in speech (Ex 4:10) but Acts 7:22 says that he was “mighty in words.” The difference was his God, who enabled him to fulfill His purpose.

God chose to educate Moses in a pagan culture. I have had university students ask me whether they should learn from their secular professors. They thought maybe their teachers would undermine their faith. I told them that the Bible is a lion; it can defend itself if they would allow it to influence their lives.  

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