Summary of passage: Pharaoh orders all his people to kill newborn Hebrew boys. A Levite woman gave birth to a boy and hid him for 3 months. Then she put him in a basket and set him among the reeds of the Nile. Pharaoh’s daughter went to bathe along the river bank and found the baby. It was crying and she felt sorry for it so she had a Hebrew woman (the baby’s mother) nurse him until he was old enough to live with her as her son. She named him Moses, which means “draw out.”
9) Amrad was the father. Mother was Jochebed. Aaron was Moses’ brother. His sister was Miriam.
10a) By faith in God and they were not afraid of Pharaoh’s edict.
b) Genesis 15:13-16 where God says they will be enslaved but then he will punish the enslavers and reward them with great possessions and the Promised Land once more.
Genesis 12:2-2 where God promises Abraham he will make him into a great nation and bless him and curse those who curse him.
Abraham’s covenant with God in Genesis 15 where God promises Abraham to be his shield and to multiply his children and give him the Promised Land.
c) She set Moses adrift when she knew the Pharaoh’s daughter was to be at the Nile for her bath. She stayed nearby so that she would be there when they went to search out a wet nurse. She had faith that God would move Pharaoh’s daughter’s heart and she would take him in. She also had the faith to let Moses go and as a mother this is very difficult–to have faith that God will raise your child.
d) God allowed her to nurse her child and be with him for a while longer and he allowed Moses to live. He also provided financially for Moses’ parents since she was paid to take care of her own son!
e) Personal Question. My answer: Any job I’ve applied for recently. I trust God that if it is meant to be, it will be. Otherwise, it won’t be. I plan for it. I try hard to get it. But my world doesn’t end when I don’t get it for it is God’s plan not to get it.
Conclusions: Love how God’s plan is greater than any human’s. Pharaoh does everything he can to kill off the Israelites but fails in the end. I also love God’s irony and humor by placing the leader of the Israelites right under Pharaoh’s nose in the royal palace! Awesome, isn’t it?
End Notes: Note that Moses’ parents did obey Pharaoh who said to throw every baby boy in the Nile. Jochebed did this she just included a basket as well.
God orchestrated this entire scene: the parents, Moses’ cry, Pharaoh’s daughter. No doubt it was during Moses’ early years that he learned about the Hebrews and God before he left permanently for Pharaoh’s palace. In ancient times, children nursed much longer than today because of the general lack of food. He would have been maybe close to four or five before being returned to Pharaoh’s daughter. Remember the Egyptians are pagans who worshiped many gods so Moses would have been taught them in school.
Moses would have been raised with every privilege. Egypt was an advanced society for its time and Moses would have had a stellar education. Acts 7:22 tells us “Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action.” He might have been an heir to the Egyptian throne and may have led battles as an Egyptian prince would have. This we are not told for sure.