Exodus 2: Moses' Early Life

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 42–43


In the Church, we know that “a man must be called of God” before he can represent God to the people (Articles of Faith 1:5). Acts 7 records that Moses apparently knew he would be the one to help deliver the Hebrews from Egypt. As you read Exodus 2, look for ways the Lord prepared Moses to do a great work for his people and what Moses might have learned from his experiences. Thinking about Moses’ experiences may also help you think about some ways you may serve the Lord in your life. How are you preparing yourself for these responsibilities now? What are you doing to make the most of these preparatory experiences?
Moses in bulrushes

Understanding the Scriptures

Exodus 2

Goodly (v. 2)Beautiful, pleasant-natured, and intelligent 
Took for him an ark of bulrushes (v. 3)Made for him a waterproof basket out of reeds or palm leaves 
Maidens (v. 5)Servants 
Smiting, smitest (vv. 11, 13)Hitting with the intent to injure 
Strove (v. 13)Fought 
Content (v. 21)Pleased 
Sighed (v. 23)Groaned 
By reason (v. 23)Because 
Had respect (v. 25)Knew of their circumstances 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you study Exodus 2.

Activity A iconGet Help from the New Testament

Read Acts 7:22–29 and Hebrews 11:24–27. Then complete the following activities:

  1. 1.

    Explain how the situation in which Moses was raised specially prepared him to deliver the children of Israel.

  2. 2.

    Explain what Moses was trying to do when he killed an Egyptian (see Exodus 2:11–12).

Activity B iconMoses’ Preparation

In order to more fully understand what happened to Moses while in Midian, read Exodus 2:15–22. Read the other name for Reuel in Exodus 3:1 (see Exodus 2:18). Then read Doctrine and Covenants 84:6 to see what Reuel had to offer Moses. List in your notebook the three experiences Moses had in Midian that you think were important ones in preparing him for his work with the children of Israel.