He Looked This Way and That!
“He looked this way and that, and seeing no one, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.”
– Exodus 2:12
Although I want to focus on Exodus 2:12, we must read Exodus 2:11-15 to completely understand the scriptures and Moses’ reasoning for what he did:
“In the course of time, Moses grew up. Then he went to see his own people and watched them suffering under forced labor. He saw a Hebrew, one of his own people, being beaten by an Egyptian. He looked all around, and when he didn’t see anyone, he beat the Egyptian to death and hid the body in the sand. When Moses went there the next day, he saw two Hebrew men fighting. He asked the one who started the fight, “Why are you beating another Hebrew?” The man asked, “Who made you our ruler and judge? Are you going to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought that everyone knew what he had done. When Pharaoh heard what Moses had done, he tried to have him killed. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and settled in the land of Midian.”
As I think about this story of Moses, I am reminded of a time when my kids were little. First Baptist BA had traded buildings with the Assembly Church on Main Street in downtown Broken Arrow. Lynsie, my daughter, was 9 years old at the time and asked to have the keys to the van so she could get something out of it. I remember her going outside, then coming back in and handing me the keys. I thought to myself “that was quick!” The next morning as I went to unlock my truck to go to work, I tried to put my key in the door lock, and to my surprise, the key was broken! I went back inside the house where the kids were in the kitchen with their mom. I said, “My truck key is broken, and I don’t know how it happened.” Lynsie burst into tears! So, of course, we asked her what happened. She told us that when she went outside to get what she needed out of the van the day before, she dropped the keys and forgot which key fit the van. She ended up putting my truck key in the van lock and broke the key off. Since it was on the passenger side, we didn’t notice it. I asked Lynsie what she did when she realized it had broken off in the lock. She said that after it had broken, she looked one way and then the other and didn’t see anyone, so she came back inside and didn’t tell.
So many times we do the same thing — we think because no one has seen us that we got away with it. In the scriptures above, Moses thought he had gotten away with killing the Egyptian, but unbeknownst to him, someone had seen it happen. Lynsie thought she had gotten away with accidentally breaking the key since no one saw it happen as well. But ultimately God knows! He knows everything about us, our hearts, and our intentions. Do you have unconfessed sin that you need to ask the Lord to forgive? He knows it but is just waiting on you to genuinely confess it to Him. If you have wronged someone, seek out forgiveness.
The Bible says “therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (James 5:16) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
Dear Lord, You are the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Thank You for always being present and willing to forgive me of my sin. Thank You for being the God of second chances. Help me to be all that You have called me to be. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
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