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.”
11a) God had Jochebed put Moses in the Nile at the precise time Pharaoh’s daughter would be there. Moses cried and Pharaoh’s daughter’s heart was moved. She found a wet nurse right away for the baby. She did all of this when she was alone and not in view of her father who I am sure would have had the child killed.
b) I’m assuming there were physical differences between the Hebrews and the Egyptians–maybe skin color or prominent facial features. The clothing Moses was wearing was probably a give away as well.
c) She watched over her baby brother to make sure nothing happened to him. She was caring. (Hard to get a lot from one line).
12a) He would have been raised in the faith of God. No one cares for a child like its own mother so he would have been loved much more than a common caregiver.
b) He was brought up as royalty as Pharaoh’s daughter’s son. He was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action. He would have had no wants so would have been healthy and well-fed.
c) Personal Question. My answer: I was placed in a Christian home so I’ve always known God. I was born an American in a wealthy nation where even if you’re poor, you’re better than most. I was born in modern times where freedom and comfort are expected. Prayer of thanks and use what He has given me for His purpose.
d) Personal Question. My answer: No matter your birth you can do anything. This is easy for us in the United States as this is our culture. Other places still have limited freedoms on what you can and can’t do. Moses rose from a poor boy to one of the most famous people who ever lived. Faith in God gets you anywhere.
Conclusions: I liked how yesterday we focused on Moses’ mother’s faith and here we see the results of such faith. Very encouraging as a parent who often doesn’t see that in her own children. It can take years to see results of a life lived in faith. I love how God is at work even though we can’t see it.
Moses was the perfect example of rags to riches and fall to grace. Anything is possible with God.