11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. 12 Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. Exodus 2:11-12
It’s easy to read past these verses and on to the story about Moses fleeing because someone spotted him, but Moses just murdered someone and tried to cover it up. Moses, the man who would eventually lead the children of Israel out of Egypt, committed murder. He knew it was wrong because he looked to make sure no one was watching.
As tragic s the murderous death of a human being is, we get a first glimpse into Moses as a young man. Conniving. Angry. Violent. Guilty.
But it was more than that.
God used Moses in a great way. God rescued him from the Nile when he was a newborn. In the coming verses we’ll get to see another side of Moses.
As we’ve seen many places in the Bible, God uses seriously flawed people to advance the kingdom. It was true i Moses’ day; it’s certainly true today.
And it will be true tomorrow.