23 “When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his own people, the Israelites. 24 He saw one of them being mistreated by an Egyptian, so he went to his defense and avenged him by killing the Egyptian. 25 Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not. 26 The next day Moses came upon two Israelites who were fighting. He tried to reconcile them by saying, ‘Men, you are brothers; why do you want to hurt each other?’27 “But the man who was mistreating the other pushed Moses aside and said, ‘Who made you ruler and judge over us? 28 Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’ 29 When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons.
In this way human wickedness often hinders God from doing what he wants to do. He is ready to help those who are his at the right time, but we keep stopping him, and afterwards we complain of his slowness, but unjustly.
From here we learn how dangerously the holy man’s mind was tempted. And as we see that he was discouraged neither by exile nor by anything else and did not regret what he had done, let us also learn from his example to be valiant and strong against all such assaults of Satan.