Exodus: Chapter 2:1-10
~~~~~Lesson: Exodus: Chapter 2:1-10 (reading below lesson)
Exodus is so beautiful because the gently guiding hand of God can be seen in almost every chapter.
Here: Of all the Hebrew male children of that age, Moses is saved from death....and it is Moses who will go on to deliver his people from slavery. Of course, that is God's guiding hand.Do you think that his mother knew he was special? Or do you think that she simply (and naturally) couldn't bear to see her son killed?
Pharaoh's daughter herself is the one who finds Moses and decides to raise him as her own. It is not explained why she would be so willing to take in an orphan and raise him as her own, but we can guess. Was she perhaps infertile? Had her husband died, leaving her with no children? Again, we see God's guiding hand leading Moses to a life that he must experience in order to fulfill what is later planned.
During this time, the Hebrews continue to be slaves...making bricks, building cities, working the fields. Hope must have been low that they would ever be free.
Sometimes we feel as if the everyday tasks that we are burdened with take time that we could spend with God (meditating, praying, studying). What tasks in our life are really NOT necessary? Is there time we bemoan the fact that we don't have more time for God, but then waste time that we could have used??
Is there fifteen minutes a day you could set aside strictly for praying, talking to God, etc. in silence? If so, will you do it?
~Reading: Exodus 2:1-10
Now a certain man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman, who conceived and bore a son. Seeing that he was a goodly child, she hid him for three months. When she could hide him no longer, she took a papyrus basket, daubed it with bitumen and pitch, and putting the child in it, placed it among the reeds on the river bank. His sister stationed herself at a distance to find out what would happen to him.
Pharaoh's daughter came down to the river to bathe, while her maids walked along the river bank. Noticing the basket among the reeds, she sent her handmaid to fetch it. On opening it, she looked, and lo, there was a baby boy, crying! She was moved with pity for him and said, "It is one of the Hebrews' children."
Then his sister asked Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go and call one of the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?"
"Yes, do so," she answered. So the maiden went and called the child's own mother.
Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will repay you." The woman therefore took the child and nursed it. When the child grew, she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, who adopted him as her son and called him Moses; for she said, "I drew him out of the water."
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