Sometimes God suffers the rod of the wicked to lie very long and very heavily on the lot of the righteous.  If Moses, in Midian, at any time began to think how much better his condition might have been had he stayed among the courtiers, he must of himself think this also, how much worse it would have been if he had had his lot with his brethren.  It was a great degradation to him to be keeping sheep in Midian, but better so than making bricks in Egypt.  The consideration of our brethren’s afflictions would help to reconcile us to our own. – Matthew Henry (1662-1714), commenting on Exodus 2.23-25.

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