Moses Flees to Midian

This is a simplified version of the Bible story found in Exodus 2:11-25, written for children to understand. For the original version, please refer to the Bible passage.

Once upon a time, there was a man named Moses. Moses was a Hebrew, but he grew up in the palace of the king of Egypt.

One day, when Moses had become a grown-up, he went to see his Hebrew people. He saw an Egyptian hurting a Hebrew, one of his people. Moses made sure no one was looking, then he hit the Egyptian and buried him in the sand.

The next day, Moses saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one who was wrong, “Why are you hurting your friend?” But the Hebrew answered, “Who made you our ruler? Are you going to kill me like you did the Egyptian?” Moses became scared that people would find out what he had done.

When the king of Egypt heard what Moses had done, he wanted to kill him. So Moses ran away and went to a place called Midian.

One day, while sitting by a well, Moses met the seven daughters of a priest from Midian. Some bad men were bothering the daughters, but Moses helped them and saved them. Moses also helped them water their sheep. The girls were very grateful and went home to tell their dad what happened. The priest asked them where the kind man was, and the girls brought Moses to meet him.

Moses was happy to stay with the priest and married one of his daughters, named Zipporah. Moses and Zipporah had a baby boy and named him Gershom. Moses felt like he was living in a strange land because he had left his home.

At the same time, the people of Israel were living as slaves in Egypt. They cried and groaned because they were very unhappy. God heard their cries and remembered the promise he made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God saw the pain of his people and knew that he needed to help them.

Biblical Lessons

  • God hears our prayers and knows our pain. He will help us when we need him.
  • God can use ordinary people to do extraordinary things, like he used Moses to help his people.
  • When we make mistakes, we can still turn to God and ask for forgiveness.
  • We should not take justice into our own hands, but instead trust in God’s timing and plans.
  • God keeps his promises, even if they take a long time to be fulfilled.

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