Ralph's Daily Devotional - Wednesday, February 28

In Exodus 2:3 we find yet another plant in this book that possesses spiritual significance.  This time we see both a hiding place among the reeds to shelter Moses from Pharaoh's decree to kill the Hebrew children as well as a primitive craft that allows him to escape.  It is obvious in all of this that a divine will was at work behind the scenes to ensure that the child is kept safe.

The basket is called a "tevah" in Hebrew, and the only other place where this word can be found is in the story of the ark that sheltered and saved Noah, having acted as both an instrument of salvation and protection.  The material of the ark is called "gome," an Egyptian word for papyrus.  Practically extinct today, it once abounded in the Nile Delta.  It was used in the construction of boats and, more popularly, in primitive writing tablets of which we have many.

This motif and paradigm of a special baby persecuted is again picked up with Jesus and Herod.  Both Moses and Jesus had unique purposes in God's plan, and while the people and circumstances differed, the deliverance and blessing that they brought were in accordance with God's plan and will.  Evil, while real, is no match for God.

We too have been delivered as seen in Ephesians 2:1-4.  For us, the ark is Jesus Himself who calls us to be saved, not simply from a Pilate or Herod, but from death itself!

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