Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, 2 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. 3 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. 4 His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.
5 Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. 6 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.
7 Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?”
8 “Yes, go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. 9 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. 10 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.”
Exodus 2 gives us the picture of faith. Can you imagine? There is an order from the king for the Egyptians to throw every boy born into the river and you walk by faith and hide your baby for three months.
Even greater yet, you are trusting God for your child’s life and you decide to get “a papyrus basket for him, coated it with tar and pitch, place your child in it, and put the basket among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.”
What were Amran and Jochebed (Moses’ parents) thinking? “We will just place our child on the bank of the river to help the enemy out. Surely if the Egyptians don’t get him, the crocodiles will.” No, this is the story of faith. We could make a thousand guesses as to what Moses’ parents had in mind but it is really not necessary because Hebrews 11:23 tells us, “By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.”
There you have it. Moses was born to parents who walked by faith and not sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). The times are hard, the king is fearful, and trying to wipe out a nation and yet these parents choose to trust God instead of living in fear. They didn’t know what God would do but had every expectation that He would save their child. The child is placed on the river bank and Miriam, Moses’ sister, stands at a distance to see what happens.
I believe most of us have experienced praying, agreeing with the Lord that we don’t know what He is going to do but we believe He will. This is one of those times. Just as we could give testimony of how the Lord “worked it out,” this family can do the same.
Our God is the God of providence. Nobody Greater! He guides the princess right down to the river bank to hear Moses cry. Once the princess’ attendants bring her the baby, she looks down into his extraordinary face, and the Lord moves in her heart…not to throw the baby away but to care for him and raise Moses as her own. Nobody but the Lord!
And if that was not enough, The Lord gives Miriam, a child herself, the words and courage to speak, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?”
Just can’t help hearing the song, “Nobody but You, Lord. Nobody but You. When I was in trouble, You came to my rescue. Nobody but You, Lord. Nobody but You!” So let’s see, Moses was suppose to be thrown in the river to drown…instead he was placed beside the river, the daughter of the king who had ordered his death finds him, her heart is touched to care for him, Moses’ mother receives her son back, and is paid to nurse him…Nobody but the Lord! Shout now! Hallelujah!
If Jochebed was with us today and stood to give her testimony, I believe she would encourage us to walk in faith and lean not to our own understanding. “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).”
We know this story. We know that Moses was called according to the purpose of God. When Moses was born, his parents saw a fine child. They saw God’s child born into this world for God’s purpose of delivering the Israelites from Egyptian bondage and to bring them into greater relationship with Himself and the land He promised on oath to their ancestors (Deuteronomy 6:23).
God brought forth His plan and purpose through the faith of this family.
How about you and me, can He do the same?
What hard thing are you facing that you need to take your hands off
and let God be God?
“And without faith it is impossible to please God,
because anyone who comes to him must believe
that he exists and that he rewards those who
earnestly seek him (Hebrews 11:6)”