NIV Exodus 18.3

Verse Exodus 18.3

3 and her two sons. One son was named Gershom,[a] for Moses said, "I have become a foreigner in a foreign land";

Verse Exodus 18.3 and Her Two Sons.

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In scriptures parents usually named children based on emotions or circumstances, people named due to various circumstances include Jabez. Jacob, Judah among others, Moses meaning drawn from water was named after a situation. Exodus eighteen verse three can be understood by briefly studying scriptures for lineage and story of certain people. As a Levi, the family lineage can be traced from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Canaan experienced famine, through Joseph's dream interpretation of seven years abundance followed by seven years of famine, Egypt was prepared for famine consequently, Egypt sold food to nations. Joseph who was second in command sent chariots to Israel and brought all belongings to Egypt. With approved permission, the children of Israel lived in Goshen since the Egyptians despised cattle rearing done by Israelites.

After many years, a new ruler who did not know Joseph became the ruler of Egypt. Pharaoh felt threatened by the population of Israelites increasing, consequently, ordering the killing of every Israelite male child immediately after birth, unfortunately the new king also made the Israelite slaves. There were many circumstances surrounding Moses birth, Pharaoh had made an order to kill male children because the children of Israel increased in number and Pharaoh became threatened. So after birth, Moses' mother hid the infant for three months so that her child would not be killed by the order that had been given.

When it became extremely impossible to hid the infant, another means was devised, a basket able to hold a baby was woven such that it can float in water and put along the river were pharaoh's daughter baths daily. A child watched from afar in order see what would happen. When Pharaoh's daughter saw the baby, she felt sorry for it as a result Moses was adopted. Subsequently growing up in Pharaoh's palace. As a grown up, one day deciding to take a walk, Moses saw an Egyptian and Israelite fighting. Because Moses understood the family lineage and knew his identity as an Israelite, he killed the Egyptian then hid the dead body in the sand.

The next day, two Israelites fought, trying to settle the quarrel, one of the Israelite asked "do you want to kill me like the Egyptian". Perceiving that the act of killing carried out was not hidden, knowing fully well that pharaoh would try to kill him, he fled to Midian. In Midian, he married the daughter of the priest of Midian. The priest of Midian gave daughter named Zipporah in marriage and gave birth to Gershom meaning "I have become a foreigner in a foreign land". Though an Israelite, he was born in Egypt, his family also lived in Egypt. After killing the Egyptian that was fighting with the Israelite Moses knew Pharaoh would be aware, he left behind family and fled for his life.

This resulted in Moses being a foreigner, a stranger in a foreign land which is Midian because Moses did not know anyone in Midian and could not return to Egypt where his siblings lived with extended family members. In times of old, parents usually named children based on emotions or circumstances, this was true for Gershom.

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