Acts Chapter Seven part 3, A study of Acts 7:20 - 22, Acts 7:23 - 29, and Acts 7:30 - 32 featuring our Common Man's Commentary

Acts 7:20 - 22

"'At that time Moses was born, and he was no ordinary child. For three months he was cared for in his father's house. When he was placed outside, Pharaoh's daughter took him and brought him up as her own son. Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action.'" NIV translation

Stephen continues with his review of Jewish history. Here, he recounts the story of Moses and how God was in control even then as Moses should have been killed at birth. It was no accident or coincidence that Moses was taken in by the Pharaoh's daughter. God is in control of all things and that is still true today, tomorrow and for eternity. That same God has a purpose for each of us and has prepared works for us to serve him.

Acts 7:23 - 29

"'When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his fellow Israelites. He saw one of them being mistreated by an Egyptian, so he went to his defense and avenged him by killing the Egyptian. Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not. The next day Moses came upon two Israelites who were fighting. He tried to reconcile them by saying, "Men you are brothers; why do you want to hurt each other?" But the man who was mistreating the other pushed Moses aside and said, "Who made you ruler and judge over us? Do you want to kill me as you did the Egyptian yesterday?" When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons.'" NIV translation

As Stephen continues his discourse on Jewish history, we see Moses emerge as God's tool to save His people. Moses knew that God wanted to use him but he didn't have the direct communication with God yet. He tried to help the people through his own actions and not through God's plans. He killed an Egyptian and his fellow Jew had seen it. When Moses found out that the man knew what he had done, he fled into the desert.

As we will see later, Moses was the chosen instrument of God just like he had thought but he hadn't sought the direction of God in the matter.

Do we each do the same thing and try to make our plans fit into God's or do we wait on Him and seek His instructions?

Acts 7:30 - 32

"After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mt. Sinai. When he saw this, he was amazed at the sight. As he went over to look more closely, he heard the Lord's voice: 'I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.' Moses trembled with fear and did not dare to look." NIV translation

Moses heard the voice of the Lord and trembled with fear. Aren't you thankful for Jesus? Because of His sacrifice, we can hear the voice of the Lord, through the Holy Spirit, every day and we do not have to be afraid as this passage says Moses was.

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