Friday 9.17.10

The birth of Moses is such an amazing story and proof that God always provides a way for those who believe in Him.  In the first chapter of  Exodus we read how Pharaoh had become worried because the Israelites were outnumbering the Egyptians.  He gave an order that every Hebrew boy that was born should be killed, but if it was a girl they could live. 

Moses was born and his mother hid him for three months.  When she realized she could not hide him any longer, she prepared a basket for him and placed him along the bank of the Nile.  Moses’ sister followed the basket from a distance to see what would happen. 

Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe and guess what she found?  She sent for one of her slave girls to get the basket and when she saw Moses crying in the basket, she felt sorry for him.  His sister who was not far away asked, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?”  Pharaoh’s daughter said,” Yes, go. ” The sister ran and got her mother and she was paid to be Moses’ nurse maid. 

I love the fact that she was able to be with Moses after fearing for his life.  It says that she took the baby and nursed him and when he grew older she returned him to Pharaoh’s daughter.  Back then, children were nursed a lot longer than they are now.  Can’t you see Moses’ mother instilling the word of God in him every chance she had.  I can see her rocking him, telling him God has great plans for you.  Don’t you love nosy sisters?  Because she followed her brother she was able to arrange her mom being his nursemaid.  God did have great plans for Moses.  Pharaoh’s daughter named him Moses,meaning,  “I drew him out of the water.”  Pharaoh’s plan was to annihilate the growth of the Israelites.  God’s plan was,  to preserve the Israelites.  The one that Pharaoh was trying to kill was the one his daughter adopted.  He was the one who led the Israelites out of Egypt through the Red Sea.  In reading this story you can see how God always sees the big picture, where our minds are so limited. 

By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. 
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.  He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.  He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.  By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.  By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.
By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned. 
Hebrews 11:23-28

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