Moses had been rescued from being murdered by the daughter of Pharaoh. He grew up in the palace and was raised like an Egyptian. However his nurse, who was his mother, had taught him that he wasn’t really Egyptian but Hebrew. Many people would have taken advantage of being an adopted Egyptian and stayed at the palace and enjoyed life. But Moses cared about his people so he went out among them. One day when he was among the Hebrews, he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew. This made Moses very angry so he killed the Egyptian and hid the body. He didn’t think anyone saw him. The next day when he went out among the Hebrews again, however, he found out differently. He saw one Hebrew hitting another and tried to stop him; then the Hebrew man asked if Moses was going to kill him too. Moses realized his murder had been seen and then Pharaoh found out about it and tried to kill Moses. Moses, however ran away to Midian.
Now Moses’ actions were totally wrong!!! It is never right to murder someone! But his motivation was good. He saw evil and stopped it. He showed compassion. He should have just stopped the Egyptian, not hurt him, but righting a wrong is a good thing. We can learn 2 things from Moses. 1. We should care and do something when others are being mistreated and 2. There is a right way and a wrong way to do things. We need to remember that showing compassion to one person shouldn’t involve hurting another!
Discuss with your child the right (and safe) ways to help someone being mistreated. For example: Go get a teacher, call a policeman, or tell a trusted adult. Consider doing some role playing exercises so they can practice what to do.