Moses could not keep his love for his brethren secret

Old Testament: Exo 2.11–14

To read the Bible in a year, read Exodus 1–3 on January 22, In the year of our Lord Christ 2021

By Don Ruhl 

Moses grew up in Pharaoh’s household, although he did spend some time in his parent’s home before being given up to Pharaoh’s daughter. While he was being weaned, it must be that his Mother and Father told him what they could about who he was, because he knew who his true people were, as this incident shows: 

Now it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens. And he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. So he looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. And when he 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!”

– Exodus 2.11–14 

He knew the Hebrews were his brethren and he cared for them enough that when an Egyptian was beating a Hebrew, Moses killed the Egyptian! That Hebrew must have told others what Moses did because by the next day other Hebrews knew about him, although he would have been dressed as an Egyptian. 

When you care for someone, it is hard to hide. Others will note it and who knows where it will go from there. 


  • What are you willing to do for your brethren? 
  • What have your brethren done for you? 

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