Loving Father, I bless You today that the gospel came to me and what change it has brought in my life. I am eternally grateful to You Lord.
Read EXODUS 2:1–25
The Birth of Moses
2 Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, 2 and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. 3 But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket[a] for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. 4 His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.
5 Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. 6 She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.
7 Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?”
8 “Yes, go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. 9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses,[b] saying, “I drew him out of the water.”
Moses Flees to Midian
11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. 12 Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?”
14 The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.”
15 When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well. 16 Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came to draw water and fill the troughs to water their father’s flock. 17 Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock.
18 When the girls returned to Reuel their father, he asked them, “Why have you returned so early today?”
19 They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock.”
20 “And where is he?” Reuel asked his daughters. “Why did you leave him? Invite him to have something to eat.”
21 Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage. 22 Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom,[c] saying, “I have become a foreigner in a foreign land.”
23 During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. 24 God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. 25 So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.
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‘… you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.’1 Take time to express your gratitude to Jesus for your redemption – which cost Him His life.
Three women are involved in the risky rescue of a little Hebrew baby. What drives their choices? We read that when his mother ‘saw that he was a fine child’ (v 2) she risked disobeying Pharaoh’s decree. Stephen later declared that this was ‘no ordinary child’.2 Does this mean that Moses was some super-cute baby, or that his future role as Israel’s deliverer set him apart as extraordinary? The NIV footnote indicates that ‘no ordinary child’ could also be rendered ‘fair in the sight of God’;3 and the word ‘fine’ may also be rendered ‘goodly’ (v 2, KJV). This is creation language, echoing the ‘God saw that it was good’ refrain of Genesis 1.
The Creator’s affirmation that we are ‘good’ invests us with tremendous worth. Like baby Moses, each one of us is a ‘fine child’ in Gods’ sight. And whatever God calls good, fair or fine, He also deems worthy for rescue. Jesus, the good shepherd, laid down His life to inaugurate God’s rescue mission.3 Although there isn’t a single mention of ‘God’ in Exodus 2:1–10, His presence, provision, and power are unmistakable, manifested through three unnamed females – an ordinary Hebrew mother, a little girl and, most surprising, Pharaoh’s own daughter! – who act with courage, creativity, and compassion to become collaborators in this risky rescue operation. Later in the story, Moses himself reveals a heart bent on rescue, despite a less-than-ideal way of setting about it (vs 11–13,19). All around us are children and adults at risk – in danger of failing to know, love, and serve the only one who can give them real and lasting peace and joy. How conscious and conscientious are we of our role as rescuers within God’s redemptive plan? How will we work in collaboration with others in the body of Christ?
Father, lend me your eyes, to view every person as valuable; soften my heart, for mission; toughen my feet and hands, to walk and work as you lead me.
Lord, may my words and work for You show others that they are important to You. Use me as an instrument of Your grace.
1 1 Cor 6:20 2 Acts 7:20 3 John 10:11,15
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