Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Exodus 2:11-12 (NIV)
One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. 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.
Exodus 2:11-12 (MSG)
Time passed. Moses grew up. One day he went and saw his brothers, saw all that hard labor. Then he saw an Egyptian hit a Hebrew—one of his relatives! He looked this way and then that; when he realized there was no one in sight, he killed the Egyptian and buried him in the sand.
“One day, after Moses had grown [into adulthood], it happened that he went to his countrymen and looked [with compassion] at their hard labors; and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his countrymen. He turned to look around, and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.”-AMPLIFIED
We find that Moses has grown up, we are told by most theologians that he was 40 years old at this point in his life. In our text today we should pick up on the fact that Moses identified with the Hebrews. I am sure that this happened because of the training that he received at the feet of his parents before receiving his training in the palace. His foundational training was focused on Jehovah and the history of his forefathers; this would have affected the rest of his training completely.
Historically we are told that Moses was trained to take over or take part in the running of the Empire. The historian Josephus tells us that Moses was in fact a trained military leader. The book of Acts tells us, “Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action.” -Acts 7:22 (NIV)
Despite everything that had been taught to him by the Egyptian teachers, trainers, and military generals; we find Moses still identified with his people. It all went back to what he learned at the feet of his parents. We see from our text that Moses went to where his own people were and watched them as they worked hard. He had compassion on them. He noticed that they had been singled out and he felt their pain. So much so; that when he saw an Egyptian beating his fellow Hebrew he reacted, not in a good way, and killed the Egyptian.
As Christians we are called to identify with Christ. The Apostle Paul encouraged the Philippians to identify themselves with Christ. He said, “Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.” -Philippians 2:5-8 (MSG)
In fact, Paul encourages us to identify with Christ over 160 times in his epistles. Why? Because it is in Christ, and only in Christ, that we can find our true identity. It is only in Christ that we can find freedom. It is only through Christ that we, as children of God, can know and understand who we are truly meant to be. “In Christ”, should be our motto!
Who or what do you identify with? Remember these words that Paul wrote to the Corinthians; “Anyone who is joined to Christ is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (GNT) Let us be sure that we are finding our true identity in
Lord, help me to know and understand who I am in you. Remind me that I should not be identifying with the Word, or the things in this World, but instead, I should be keeping my mind and heart focused on you. You have good things planned for my life, but in order for them to become a reality I must realize who I am wholly and completely in you. Have your way in my life I pray, dear Lord.