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Ralph's Daily Devotional - Wednesday, May 23

Exodus 2:1-10
The Birth of Moses


Everything about the birth of Moses seemed to be natural and simple.  No supernatural act, word or prior announcement was given when announcing his birth.  Yet we are left with no doubt that God was at work here, weaving these "natural" events into a larger story to come.  The river current seemed to go wherever it led, yet it led to the very daughter of Pharaoh, reminding us that life is more than blind fate, luck or chance.

Sarrna says it well: "The course of history hinges on a single event - the rescue of Moses - and it was brought about by the daughter of the very tyrant who decreed Israel's extinction!"

"Tevah," the Hebrew word for the basket in which Moses was cast off, literally means "ark."  This basket then was another ark, saving not only the baby Moses, but ultimately the people of Israel through God's sovereign plan.  His very name, "Moses," means "from the water."

The reeds that composed  the ark were papyri plants, now almost extinct, which were also used for sandals, boats and writing material.

Women played an important part in this story, beginning with the midwives and now the daughter of Pharaoh.  Some believe that she was the daughter of the Pharaoh Rameses.  If so, she would have been one of 59 daughters.

Her motive for saving the child was pity, compared to the merciless attitude of her father the Pharaoh.  She would need no permission to take the child and raise him.  Women in Egypt enjoyed an unusually high legal status and independence from men.

The nurse referred to here normally would have cared for the child for up to three years before giving him back to the rightful mother. 

In Ephesians 1:4, we are told of God's great plan being worked out in our lives as well.  Just as with Moses, we are part of the continuing Exodus story in which we shall exchange this mortal life for the glory yet to come (2 Corinthians 5:1-10).

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