The first thing God did to make known to his people that he was preparing them a deliverer in the person of Moses was by allowing him to be exposed to the same punishment as the others and like them thrown into the Nile to perish there. He was nevertheless delivered from it as Jonah, who came out of the abyss of the sea and from the belly of the whale that had engulfed him, and like the Son of God, whose resurrection could not be prevented by the depth of the sepulchre, nor by the horrors of death.
God does a second thing in Moses. After having inspired him to leave the court of Pharaoh and the princess his daughter, who raised him as his child in the hopes of the world, when Moses was believed, says the Scripture, he went to unite with his brothers, that is to say, according to the commentary of St. Paul, having grown up, he denied that he was the son of the daughter of Pharaoh, choosing rather to be afflicted with the people of God than to enjoy the good times as a passenger of sin; and, finding more precious riches in the ignominy of Jesus Christ than in the treasures of Egypt, he abandoned Egypt with faith, without fear of the mortal king’s hatred, who, instead of being his father only now thought of killing him. He took up the defence of the Israelites by divine instinct; he avenged them from an Egyptian who mistreated them; and, as Saint Stephen remarked, he believed that his brothers would hear that God had to save them by his hand; but they did not hear him, and in order to save them he had to suffer the contradictions which went so far before they forced him to flee. So the persecution came from those whom he was to save, and God by this means showed him to the people as their saviour and the image of Jesus Christ.
Pastors, leaders of souls, whoever you are, do not think you can save them without it costing you: admire in Moses the persecutions of Jesus, and drink the chalice of his passion.