I wonder…Moses probably had military training. Perhaps Moses always wore a sheathed sword at his waist. So, even if Moses was carrying a weapon, it wouldn’t indicate premeditation. The text doesn’t mention how the Egyptian was killed.
Moses was Pharaoh’s son. If he told the soldier to drop his weapon, he would have done it.
b. Acts 7:23-29 Additional information in this passage
- Moses was 40 years old when this event took place.
- Moses knew he was Hebrew.
- Moses knew he was called to deliver his family.
- Moses assumed the Hebrews would accept him as their deliver.
c. Perhaps Moses thought the Hebrews would recognize his calling because of his position and reputation. Perhaps he thought they would assume he was the means of deliverance God promised to Abraham.
4. Hebrews 11:24-26 Moses’ identification with the Hebrews
a. The Amplified Bible says Moses aroused by faith chose to identify with his brethren.
b. Moses mother may have believed Moses was the promised deliverer and instilled that in him. The Spirit of God confirmed it.
c. Moses choice cost him—
- acceptance by his kinsmen
- acceptance by Egyptians
- position and status
- comforts of wealth and civilization
d. Hebrews 11:26 (subject phrases taken from the NIV)
- He regarded disgrace—He would rather put up with people being mean to him and live a hard life.
- for the sake of Christ—because Jesus, God’s son, was so much more important to him
- than the treasures of Egypt—than lots of money, lots of cool clothes, lots of shoes and hats, lots of toys and games, a really fancy house, lots of pizza and treats, heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer, and lots of friends who are nice to him and want to hang out with him
- because he was looking ahead to his reward—because he wanted the HUGE prize he would get for waiting
5. a. Moses’ character traits—
b. Before God could use Moses to deliver his people, the following traits needed to change: