By: Ely Lagajino
Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for the wrong!” Wait for the Lord and He will avenge you. Proverbs 20:22 (NIV)
At twelve years old Pharaoh’s daughter brought up Moses in the palace as her own son and he became Prince of Egypt.
He studied geometry, science, agriculture, architecture, Egyptian hieroglyphics and other major disciplines. He learned the skills of the Egyptians’ military tactics. (Acts 7:22) where he excelled and became a medal decorated general in the army. The historian Josephus mentioned that Moses was the commanding officer in their campaign against the Ethiopian war which they won. “At the court of Pharaoh, Moses received the highest civil and military training” (PP p.253).
Moses as an adopted son was not in the direct line of succession. However he could qualify as successor to the throne by joining the priestly caste and embrace the Egyptian religion. But he opted to remain an Israelite. “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter” (Hebrew 11:24).
While serving in a military mission, Moses’ foster mother who ruled Egypt was assassinated. Thutmose III became the new Pharaoh, who feared that Moses may take revenge on him.
One day, aware of the cruelty of the Egyptians towards the Israelites, Moses decided to visit his own people as an ordinary man. When he saw an Egyptian beating an Israelite, in the process he slew the Egyptian. By seeing no witness around, except the Israelite, Moses buried the body in the sand.
The next day He saw two Hebrews quarrelling. Moses reprimand the offender. To his surprise the offender said “Who made you a prince and a judge over us. Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?”
The incident reached Pharaoh, and he ordered to capture Moses. “He is leading the Israelites to overthrow the government,” he said.
Aware of the danger, Moses escaped toward Arabia. Moses committed sin by placing in his hand the work God had promised to do for His people, in His time. Moses needed to learn the lesson not to rely on human power to fulfil God’s promise.