The Birth of Moses
Exodus 1:8 – 2:10
Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, but the Israelites were fruitful and multiplied greatly and became exceedingly numerous, so that the land was filled with them.
Then a new king, who did not know about Joseph, came to power in Egypt. “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become much too numerous for us. Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.”
So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites and worked them ruthlessly. They made their lives bitter with hard labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their hard labor the Egyptians used them ruthlessly.
The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, “When you help the Hebrew women in childbirth and observe them on the delivery stool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?”
The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.”
So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.
Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people:”Every boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.”
The Birth of Moses
Now a man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman, 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. But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket 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. His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.
Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the river bank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her slave girl to get it. 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.
Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?”
“Yes, go,” she answered. And the girl went and got the baby’s mother. 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. When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.”
This story is so rich with the goodness of God and yet at the same time filled with the absolute evil of man. I don’t think that any of us could imagine the national government enforcing an edict that every baby boy born to a certain race to be killed throughout the entire nation. We would see this attack on Israelite children again during the time of King Herod after he discovered from the Magi that the new King of the Jews had been born. But even then, it was only one small town, Bethlehem, not the most powerful and societally advanced nation in the known world. The cries of mothers; the anger of fathers; the fear of siblings filled the air with a stench of depression, anger, and bitterness. Not only this, but Pharaoh dramatically increased the workload and abuse on the people whose ancestor, Joseph, had saved Egypt from the great famine. But the Israelites received greater blessing to overwhelm a greater evil. The Lord blessed, double-blessed, and triple-blessed the Israelites with more babies than could be destroyed and Israel increased.
As the evil increases, the Lord does not only save Moses, but many others. We hear the story of Moses as it connects us to our Covenant with God that was first established with Abram and would continue through Moses. So we see the beauty of God’s power. Nothing can stop the plans of God. Did you hear that? NOTHING!!!!!! The plans that God has for our own life cannot be destroyed by anyone but ourselves. Our abusers, attackers, haters, rapists; our firings, bankruptcies, out of control debt; our harsh critics, spiteful enemies, and so-called friends simply do not have the power to stop what God wants to do in our lives. They are weak and He is strong. As long as we are seeking to please the Lord with all of our heart, there is no power able to abort His plans to prosper us and not to harm us; to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11)
Are you giving too much power to people and circumstances and reducing God to a subordinate of your enemies and situations? Who limits who? No one and no thing can limit God, but it is the Lord who holds the reins of the Devil and his evil. I love His power over the enemy. I am comforted, inspired, and motivated knowing that the greatest evil cannot touch our Great God. So…just in case you forgot, I wanted to remind you the He is The King of all kings.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death –
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
(You can’t see me right now, but I am jumping up and down shouting, “There’s no god like my God!!”)