Reflection: (For further reading: Exodus 2:15-22)
Moses was a third culture person. First, growing up as a Hebrew Egyptian adoptee, Moses was thoroughly assimilated (Ex 2:19). Second, thoroughly aware of this ethnic heritage, Moses feels inner conflict when he witnesses an Egyptian beating a Hebrew (Ex 2:11). Third, he flees to Midian for 40 years, ‘a foreign land’ (Ex 2:22). Eventually, he is confronted by the ‘God of his father’ (Ex 18:4) to lead the Israelites out of Egypt with Aaron, a brother he hasn’t seen in 40 years (Ex 4:27), to lead a people that may no longer have felt like his own.
Moses often felt like a stranger. The Egyptian family he knew oppressed his own people. Ethnically, he is not connected with his Hebrew heritage. He has no real belonging or influence in any culture he is a part of, Egyptian, Hebrew (Ex 6:12) or Midianite. Even so, God had a significant place for Moses in his rescue plan and speaks to him uniquely as a friend.
Question: What was it like for Moses as a foreigner and stranger? How might God use third culture people in your midst?
Prayer: God of all nations, while there may not be a place for us in the world, thank you for a significant place in your kingdom and plans through Jesus. Amen.