Acts 7:21-25
Acts 7:21 (KJB)
And when he was cast out, Pharaoh's daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son.
Then when the fullness of time came, Moses was also cast out but he was strategically cast out close to where Pharaohís daughter was. She saw him and saw that he was a beautiful child and took him and raised him as her own son. God was totally in control of this situation as he had Pharaohís daughter take Moses as her own. It is interesting that the very prophet of the destroyer of Egypt was being raised in the very palace itself right, under the nose of Pharaoh. It would be 80 years later when Moses would be Godís prophet to free the Israelites.
Acts 7:22 (KJB)
And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.
Deeds - Works or actions
Since Moses was reared up in the palace of Pharaoh, he would have been instructed in all the prevailing knowledge and wisdom of the Egyptians. He would have learned how to rule, he would have learned subjects such as mathematics, law, science, engineering, all the languages of Egypt including hieroglyphics, how to fight, how to lead an army in battle and all the other disciplines which would be needed when he ascended to the throne of Egypt. As he grew he must have made a profound impact upon the people since the Scripture states that he was mighty in words and deeds. He also must have been a great orator.
Acts 7:23 (KJB)
And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel.
Visit - To look upon or look after with concern
Moses had known that he was an Israelite and maybe he withheld this information from Pharaoh for the purpose of desiring to free the Israelites from bondage when he became Pharaoh. God was now beginning to work on Moses in the initial stages of his calling. At this time Moses was being redirected in his walk by God. God had probably put into his heart to go and visit the Israelites and to see how it was with them but God had a different plan. It was in the fullness of time that God enacted this part of the plan for the life of Moses.
Acts 7:24 (KJB)
And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian:
Avenged - Took vengeance
Smote - Strike, hit, or slay
As Moses had begun to walk among the Israelites, he had come upon an Egyptian who was causing unjust pain to one of the Israelites. He may have been taunting him because he could not work or maybe he was whipping him out of hatred for him. Whatever the situation was, it was an unjust event and since it was of such a nature that Moses had intervened and smote the Egyptian and killed him. There are possibly two scenarios that played out here. First, Moses had removed all his royal clothing and put on plain clothing when he came to visit and that is why the Egyptian would not listen and Moses had to kill him. The second would be that if Moses had on his royal garb, then maybe the Egyptian that was doing the beating did not care who Moses was and that insubordination resulted in his death. No matter what, Moses was now in the second phase of his walk with God toward freeing the Israelites.
Acts 7:25 (KJB)
For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.
Since Moses was an Israelite, he would have also had understanding of the Abrahamic covenant in which God had told Abraham that his seed would come out of that nation and that nation would be judged. Moses had probably thought that he would be the deliverer of Israel and he had thought that the Israelites would understand this. However, it was not Godís timing for the deliverance. Just as the disciples with Jesus did not understand many things He said to them before the cross, the Israelites would have been in the same situation. Since Moses thought that the time of deliverance had come by his hand, he did not have any qualms in taking the Egyptianís life. Peter also felt the same way when he thought he was protecting the life of Jesus by taking off the ear of Malchus. Peter, like Moses did not understand the ways of God yet. The Israelites probably thought that Moses was crazy to think that he could deliver them from such a great and powerful nation. No doubt Moses was sensitive to the promise made to Abraham, but unfortunately he was trying to force the circumstances of deliverance which would not happen for another 40 years. Moses seemed to know that he had some part in the deliverance but his method at present was not in Godís plan. At this point, Moses was not Pharaoh so he could not free them. This meant that he allowed his anger to cause him to spoil his own plans.