The Character and Attributes of God, as found in Exodus ongoing discussion (rsscheyer.net)
Now we come to an interesting scene, as it is both a precursor to a wedding scene; and a scene of rescue.
God appears to love a good wedding scene. We have Abraham’s servant and Rebekah, Genesis 24; and Jacob and Rachel, Genesis 29. The same elements of a well and lovely ladies attending the well are involved. In this one you have seven daughters. The wells always appear to be in a foreign land (those who drink from my well, will never thirst again?).
This scene is a bit different because there is a conflict, foreshadowing a lot of Moses’ life. A bit of a mini scene for Moses and his role in saving Israel. The ladies return early to their Father’s house with a report of a man’s rescue from offending shepherd and how after that, he went over and above expected decorum and watered the flock, again reminiscent of earlier betrothal scenes in Genesis.
Moses is invited to eat bread with the family, one thing leads to another and boom, Zipporah (which means “bird”) becomes Moses’ blushing bride. And there he stays, most scholars give it at around another 40-years.
Now we are going to get some very clear attributes of God as they are spelled out:
“God heard. . .God remembered. . .God saw. . .and God knew.”
It is important to note that God is a lot more than human attributes. In fact, there is really no human way to describe God, but human ways are all we have. Theologians have a big, $20-dollar word to describe this, but I will spare you it for now.
The only thing we have to describe God are human characteristics because we are all human. Seems fairly obvious probably because it is.
So, God saw the bondage of the Israelites. God remembered His covenant with Israel. God heard their groaning; and God knew what to do.
The question comes up: “Why so long?” God’s ways are not our ways; not His thoughts our thoughts.
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