11 And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren.
12 And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.
13 And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow?
14 And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known.
15 Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Although Moses was raised by Pharaoh’s daughter, he apparently was not ignorant of his Hebrew heritage.
When he had grown up, he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew. He looked around and seeing no one watching killed the Egyptian and hid his body in the sand.
To me, the act of killing the Egyptian is indicative of a duality of feeling that Moses must have had. He undoubtedly had a part of him that identified with the Hebrews. On the other hand, he showed the effects of being raised as a person of privilege, someone who deemed it his right to exact justice when he saw the need.
Later, when Moses saw two Hebrews fighting, he asked the one in the wrong why he had hit the other. The Hebrew indicated that he did not accept the authority of Moses. He asked him if Moses planned to kill him as he had the Egyptian.
Moses realized his deed of killing the Egyptian was known and he was afraid. In fact, he had incited Pharaoh to anger and Pharaoh tried to kill him. Moses escaped by fleeing from Pharaoh and going to live in Median where he sat down by a well.
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