“One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. Glancing this way and that, and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. …When Pharaoh heard of this he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well. Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came to draw water and fill the troughs to water their father’s flock. Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock” (Exodus 2:11-17).

He came to their rescue–that seemed to be the inclination of Moses’ heart. Whether it was one or seven, or his entire nation, Moses rescued the oppressed. That might be why God called him His friend because rescue is the foundation of all of God’s work. Rescue came in the form of an ark for Noah; it was Uncle Abraham for Lot. For Isaac, it was a ram. Joseph rescued Egypt from famine. So many great names–Deborah, Gideon, Samson, Esther–were great because they rescued God’s people from their enemies. Rescue is and always will be what God is about; He set the ultimate example of that on a cross.

So, what about us? How do we join in the rescue mission of God? Jesus put it in practical terms. “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me” (Matthew 25:35-36).

We don’t have to save nations to share in this mission; we just have to do the work that God places in front of us. That’s what Moses did; he didn’t go looking for a Hebrew brother to rescue or seven shepherd girls either. He just took care of the need that God placed in front of him. It’s as easy as that.

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