By: Ely Lagajino
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 1 Peter 5:10 (ESV)
Moses flees from Egypt. He crosses the long desert and reaches Arabia, particularly the Midian country, located at the southern point of Mount Horeb. Midian is the fourth son of Keturah, Abraham’s wife, after the death of Sarah.
Upon arrival, Moses looks for a well of water to quench his thirst and regain his strength while waiting for acquaintances. Then, seven ladies arrive to water their sheep. As they fetch water, they stare at the handsome Egyptian once in a while. Suddenly a group of loud shepherd bullies appear and harass the ladies with their sheep to provide water for their own sheep.
Moses waits for an opportunity. Then he pushes out the water boys in favor of the ladies who came ahead of them. With his strength as an Egyptian military general, the water boys become waterless boys, for they cannot equal the stranger’s power.
When the ladies reach home, their father, Jethro, a priest of Midian questions them. “Why did you come back so early this afternoon?”
“There were bullies at the well, Father, but a strong and handsome Egyptian man defended us.” The ladies chorus.
“But that’s impossible, why would an Egyptian help Midian women? Where is this Egyptian man, you say?”
“He’s at the well, Father.”
“Go, invite him to stay with us.” Jethro insists.
By defending Jethro’s daughters Moses, a Hebrew, not an Egyptian, gains a meal, and not very long, a wife, and an overseas job. He marries Zipporah, one of the daughters, and he becomes a shepherd like them.
In Egypt, Moses wanted to liberate the Israelites, but he was not prepared for the work. He needs to learn the lesson of faith, not to rely on human strength but on God’s power.
As a shepherd in Midian, Moses is trained for compassion, patience, and forgiveness (PP p.258). God allows him 40 years in Midian to prepare for the great task ahead.