Work/Works 4

This post is Day 4 in a series of studies about “Work/Works”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

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Work/Works – Day 4

Exodus 2:11-12

One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labour. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. Looking this way and that and seeing no-one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.

The Thought

These verses are full of things that prompt questions in my mind. First Moses watched the people as they struggled with their labour. Then suddenly there were just 2 people, one Egyptian beating one Israelite! What happened to all those labourers?

Often the Bible leaves us with unanswered questions! Maybe Moses wandered off with mixed emotions after watching the labour force, then he saw the beating of the single worker, and something snapped in him?

We don’t know the details. If we had all the details of all the Bible accounts, it would take forever to read the Bible! The apostle John told us that if everything Jesus did was written down, the whole world would not have room for the books (John 21:25).

After this episode, Moses fled and his life changed dramatically. Instead of being the “grandson” of Pharaoh king of Egypt, he became a shepherd wandering the hills. Work looked different for him, but God had not finished with him yet, and we know from reading the rest of Exodus, that he became leader of the people who left Egypt after the battle for power between God (using Moses stick) and Pharaoh’s magicians (Exodus 7).

Moses young life prepared him to be the leader God wanted him to be in the future.


Can you look back on your life and see how God prepared you for the work He has you doing today? Praise Him for His protection and preparation through the years.

Pray, asking Jesus to prepare you for anything He has planned for your future. No matter how old you are, there are things God has for you in the future!

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