17 “As the time drew near for God to fulfill his promise to Abraham, the number of our people in Egypt had greatly increased. 18 Then ‘a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt.’ 19 He dealt treacherously with our people and oppressed our ancestors by forcing them to throw out their newborn babies so that they would die.20 “At that time Moses was born, and he was no ordinary child. For three months he was cared for by his family. 21 When he was placed outside, Pharaoh’s daughter took him and brought him up as her own son. 22 Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action.
We must not miss God’s providence in this passage; he moderates things so that his works may always be done. But people who are unduly hasty cannot hope patiently and wait for God to act because they do not moderate their desires. So that God may exercise the faith of his children, every time he appears with joyful signs of grace, he sets over against them other things that suddenly cut off the hope of salvation.