Moses, a Refugee in the Bible

Moses, a Refugee in the Bible

Exodus 1:8-22

Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. He said to his people, “Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and more powerful than we. Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, or they will increase and, in the event of war, join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.” Therefore they set taskmasters over them to oppress them with forced labor. They built supply cities, Pithom and Rameses, for Pharaoh. But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread, so that the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites. The Egyptians became ruthless in imposing tasks on the Israelites, and made their lives bitter with hard service in mortar and brick and in every kind of field labor. They were ruthless in all the tasks that they imposed on them.

The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, “When you act as midwives to the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, she shall live.” But the midwives feared God; they did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but they let the boys live. So the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this, and allowed the boys to live?” The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.” So God dealt well with the midwives; and the people multiplied and became very strong. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families. Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, “Every boy that is born to the Hebrews you shall throw into the Nile, but you shall let every girl live.”

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Moses, a Refugee in the Bible

Prophet Moses was a Refugee

Like many refugees, Moses lived in a dangerous place at a dangerous time. His people was oppressed by the Pharaoh, although Moses lived in the palace as a prince. In his anger Moses killed an Egyptian and had to flee. He then became a refugee for many years. He started rebuilding his life. Married and named his firstborn son “I have become a foreigner in a foreign land.”

Maybe he dreamed of going back to his own people and family, but he was scared.

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The Syrian man was sad, “I’m a teacher, but I cannot work. My 14 year old son now support us. My wife is a diabetic, my child needs an operation…” My friend here was a lecturer at a university…” We are in prison here in the camp, we have nowhere to go!” His voice became louder, I had a house, a car, a future, but everything was bombed! We are lost!”

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