In Exodus chapter 2, we read of seven sisters who are at a desert well trying to get water. These sisters were the daughters of Reuel, priest of Midian. Unfortunately for them, some mean shepherds were also at the well hindering the seven sisters from getting what they had come for. Luckily for them, Moses (who was on the run after killing an Egyptian) happened to be sitting by the well, too.
Kind soul that he was, when he saw how the sisters were being treated he stood up and gave them a helping hand. When the sisters arrived back home, they told their father about Moses. Reuel promptly told his daughters to return to the well and invite Moses to dinner. This is how Moses came to marry one of the daughters, Zipporah. We’ll talk about Zipporah in a later post, but for now here are two lessons we can learn from all seven sisters.
Along with Jochebed and Miriam, God used Pharaoh’s daughter to help preserve the life of Moses. Moses was later called by God to lead His people from slavery in Egypt and to the edge of the Promised Land. Even though her father wanted all the Hebrew baby boys to be killed, Pharaoh’s daughter knew this command was wrong. Exodus 2:6 says “she had compassion on him (Moses).” Read her whole story in Exodus 2:5-10. She is also mentioned in Acts 7:21-22 and Hebrews 11:24-28.
When God first created this world, it was peaceful and beautiful. Humans were perfect too, until Adam and Eve disobeyed in the Garden of Eden and plunged our entire race into a hopeless world of disease, chaos, war, and despair. It is for this reason we have so many people who are poor and needy today. As Christians, it is our duty to help those people. Everyone has problems and issues, so it doesn’t matter who they are or what we think of them.
The photo above is of a woman begging for money as people pass by in downtown Milan, Italy. This same scene takes place multiple times a day, every day of the year in Italy, England, France, China, South Africa, Brazil, Russia, America…cities and countries all over the world.