Exodus 2

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The Birth and Preparation of Moses

Exodus 2

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Lesson Number 2

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. God prepared Moses forty years in Egypt.
  2. God prepared Moses forty years in Midian.

Practical Application

  1. Remember, God is in charge of circumstances.


  1. What did Pharaoh’s edict declare in Exodus 1:22?
  2. What does history tell us about Pharaoh’s daughter that is relevant to this story?
  3. What New Testament passages address the early years of Moses’ life?
  4. What event prompted Moses to flee Egypt for Midian?
  5. How old was Moses when he led the Children of Israel out of Egypt?
  6. How was “faith” defined in this lesson?


  1. That all the Hebrew male children that were born were to be thrown into the Nile River and drowned
  2. Queen Hatshepsut, daughter of Thutmose I, did not have children of her own. She probably wanted to raise Moses as her own son to eventually be king over Egypt.
  3. Acts 7:20-23 and Hebrews 11:23-26
  4. He had been seen killing an Egyptian who had beaten a Hebrew.
  5. He was eighty years old.
  6. Faith is acting on what God has revealed.


  1. Moses had all of the power and privileges of the Egyptian empire at his feet, and yet he rejected all of this, because Hebrews 11 says he “looked to the reward.” Discuss Moses’ incredible choice and his motivation for making it. Read Hebrews 11:24-26.
  2. How did Moses’ forty years in the royal courts of Egypt prepare him for his task ahead? How did Moses’ forty years in Midian prepare him for his task of leading the Israelites?


  1. It was not a coincidence that Pharaoh’s daughter found Moses and raised him as Egyptian royalty. God arranged these circumstances to prepare Moses for his unique role in Israel’s history. God is in charge of the circumstances in your life as well!

Key Verses

  • “And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds.” Acts 7:22
  • “By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.” Hebrews 11:24
  • “But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh and dwelt in the land of Midian.” Exodus 2:15

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