Sometime later, Moses grew up, he went out to his kinsmen and witnessed their labors. He saw an Egyptian man beating a Hebrew man, one of his kinsmen. He turned this way and that and saw no man. He struck the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. (Shemot/Ex 2:10-11)
Moses who has grown up in the Egyptian palace has quite a dramatic “coming out” as a Hebrew. Here, he goes out to his kinsmen and witnesses their brutal oppression and lashes out, killing an Egyptian taskmaster.
Think about this scene:
It would seem that Moses’ act is thoughtful and premeditated; after all, before he strikes the Egyptian, we read: “He turned this way and that and saw no man.”
What is meant by the phrase, “and saw no man”?
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