Thursday, June 21, 2012

God Writes Another Perfect Script - Exodus 2:6-10


When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the boy as crying.  And she had pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”  Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for you?”  And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go ahead.”  So the girl went and called the child’s mother.  Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me and I shall give you your wages.”  So the woman took the child and nursed him.  And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son.  And she named him Moses, and said, “Because I drew him out of the water.”

So Pharaoh’s daughter gets the basket that the baby boy had been placed in (in an attempt to save him from getting murdered as was the decree of the Pharaoh) brought to her and sure enough – the baby was crying.  You and I would be too if we were floating by some reeds in the Nile River, hungry or not.  But here’s the interesting thing – we are told that right away she knew it was a child of one of the Hebrew women.  There was no way that this could be hidden – perhaps from the clothing that the baby was wrapped in.  God does not expect us to deceive others or lie about who we are while going about our daily lives for Him even amongst those that may not see things our way.  In the movie, A Night With the King, the story of Queen Esther, there is a scene where Mordecai, when asked who he was by Haman who was on a campaign to kill all Jews, had no qualms in telling him the truth – he was indeed a Jew.  We are to stand up for our spiritual citizenship in all circumstances.  Not doing so and denying our membership in the body of Christ can only be to our shame and possible detriment, and to His great sadness.

The baby’s sister then spoke up.  She had been willing to serve in this urgent need of the family.  She was obedient, she was patient as she waited in hiding by the reeds down a ways from where the basket had been left, and she was fearless in meeting the daughter of the Egyptian ruler.  For those of us who know already who this baby was and what his future role in God’s plan for His people was, we can well ask ourselves – “Had it not been for his older sister, how different might this baby’s path to the very end God had in mind been for him been?”  God would still have used him if that was His plan, but the road to that would have been quite dissimilar.  As we think of Moses’ sister, we must ask ourselves if we’re willing to be used by God to facilitate the spiritual service of someone else without much recognition for our own part?  And it may even go beyond that.  Saying we would is one thing; actively being aware of the need to implement our intentions when God provides the opportunities is another.  Looking for such opportunities of service is yet one step beyond.  Let us hope we are up to being faithful in that way, knowing our reward comes from above.

Now we can assume that the baby’s sister was indeed given some instructions by her mother as to what to say if and when someone, likely the Pharaoh’s daughter who regularly bathed in the area, came to discover the baby.  So she jumps out and asks the Pharaoh’s daughter if she should go and get a nurse from among the Hebrew women to take care of the child for her.  We do not know if the ‘princess’ had already decided to keep the baby, but certainly after this great offer, the option became a possibility and then with her immediate response, a reality.  After all, how difficult was it to agree to keep such a “beautiful” baby especially when it would be taken care of by someone else?  Perhaps this may also speak as to why it was noted in the text so clearly that his own mother had considered him ‘beautiful’ – God’s plans are always so complete, so advanced, so detailed.

Now here’s the bonus.   God arranges for the baby to be given back to its own natural mother for initial upbringing.  And there’s more – the baby’s mother gets reimbursed in wages for taking care of her own child.  God remarkably arranged for the needs or provisions for this family.  God seems to have this incredible ability to take care of our needs as we participate in His plans.  Learning that lesson in our lives can make a world of difference in our service to Him.

For her part, the baby’s mother raised the child in her home and we assume, at an agreed to point in time, she returned the baby to the princess who adopted him formerly and also named him.  Moses, literally means “drawn out/from” for in his case, he was indeed drawn out of the water.

The introduction to life for this infant who was to play a critical role in the history of the Jewish people and ultimately all the children of God, was nothing short of spectacular.  No secular author could have written a more exciting and perfect script!  

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