I kind of wonder how Moses felt growing up as a Hebrew in the palace of the Pharaoh. Was he completely accepted by the Pharaoh and the other court members? Or was there always some kind of stigma that he felt by not being truly Egyptian.
One also wonders how much the Hebrew people actually knew about Moses. Did they know his background? Did they know he was “one of us?” And if they did, what were their feelings toward him? Did they resent his position of luxury in the palace while they slaved away for Pharaoh?
Moses was a man of two cultures, the Hebrew culture and the Egyptian culture. And yet, one wonders if he ever truly felt a part of either.
Everything came to a head when one day he was watching the Hebrews hard at work and an Egyptian beating one of them. When he saw all that was going on, Moses became outraged. What caused that reaction? Was it a feeling of injustice? Was it loyalty toward his own people and heritage? Was it a feeling of anger that he didn’t feel accepted by the Egyptians? I don’t know. Whatever it was, Moses snapped and killed the Egyptian.
Perhaps by doing so, he thought he would be accepted by the Hebrews. But he quickly found out that wasn’t the case. The next day, he sees two Hebrew slaves fighting, and he tries to step in, only to have one of them say, “Who are you to judge us. Are you going to kill us like you did that Egyptian?”
And at that moment, Moses found out that not only did the Hebrew people know about what he had done, but that they weren’t about to protect him from the Pharaoh either. If the Pharaoh asked about what happened, they would report Moses to him. And sure enough, Pharaoh did find out and set out to kill Moses.
So Moses, the man of two cultures, was cast out from both. He wanders around and goes to a place called Midian where he is taken in by a man named Jethro. Jethro probably knew there was something wrong with Moses. Here is the Egyptian, who looked like he used to be well off, perhaps a noble. But now his once fine clothes are ragged, and he looks in fear of his life. And yet, Jethro sees some good in Moses. He saw how Moses helped his daughters, and so he takes him into his family. Moses then marries Jethro’s daughter and has a son he named Gershom, which meant “alien,” saying “I have become an alien in a foreign land.”
Maybe you feel the same way. You don’t feel like you don’t belong. You feel somehow like people don’t accept you. That they don’t like you. And so you’re kind of wandering around feeling lonely and rejected.
Well, just as Jethro saw something good in Moses, took him in, and made him part of the family, God will do the same with you. Though you may feel rejected by the people around you, and without a true home, God sees the good in you because he’s the one who created you. You may not look like much now, but he believes in you and knows what you can become. All you have to do is come to him.
In John 1:12, it says, “Yet to all who received [Jesus], to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
Are you tired? Are you lonely? Do you feel rejected? Go to the God who created you and loves you. He will always have arms open wide for you no matter who you are, what you’ve done, or how you’ve failed.
For as Jesus said, “Whoever comes to me I will never drive away.” (John 6:37)