Yesterday’s post ended with the Pharaoh of Egypt committing genocide with all the baby boys in Egypt because the Israelites became so abundant that he feared they would turn against Egypt and overthrow the country. So he came up with the diabolic plan to throw all the baby boys in the Nile river. Here is a link to yesterday’s post – Prayer – Pharaoh, Midwives and Bulrushes – if you missed it.
Jochebed, a Hebrew mother, from the House of Levi – the Priests of the Israelites, had a baby that she believed to be a very special baby. Scripture says he was beautiful. She hid him for three months and when she could hide him no longer, she made an ark of bulrushes to place him in and leaving him in God’s hands, sent him afloat in the reeds of the Nile, up close to the bank. This had to be a very difficult thing to do, even though I believed she knew the history that had been told from generation to generation about God’s plan for the Israelites. I believe she knew her new baby was very special and of God – although all babies are of God, she recognized something special and acted accordingly.
God’s timing is ALWAYS perfect! The daughter of Pharaoh just happened to be bathing in the Nile at the same time Jochebed released her baby into the river. I honestly do not believe in coincidence and I don’t believe in happenstance. God’s timing is at work here, folks. Jochebed may have gotten a Word from God in her prayer time. She may have observed that Pharaoh’s daughter went to bathe at a particular part of the river at a particular time of day. Nonetheless, the plan came together because who can resist a precious, crying baby that seems to be abandoned. Here is the scripture.
3 But when she could no longer hide him, she took an ark of bulrushes for him, daubed it with asphalt and pitch, put the child in it, and laid it in the reeds by the river’s bank. 4 And his sister stood afar off, to know what would be done to him.
5 Then the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river. And her maidens walked along the riverside; and when she saw the ark among the reeds, she sent her maid to get it. 6 And when she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby wept. So she had compassion on him, and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”
7 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?”
8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” So the maiden went and called the child’s mother. 9 Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him. 10 And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. So she called his name Moses,[a] saying, “Because I drew him out of the water.”
Now what a wonderful thing… Jochebed trusted God to provide safety for the baby and lo and behold, he couldn’t have landed in a better place. First to be able to be nursed and care for by his mother (and her being paid to take care of her own baby) until he was weaned and then being a resident of the palace, the best schooling and so many other things were available to Moses. He became very knowledgeable and was quite the young man. Well respected, as a member of Pharaoh’s household. I will never really understand how Pharaoh agreed to have him – a Hebrew – live and be raised in their household, but God can do wonders and miracles that we cannot even imagine. We just have to have faith and sit back and watch. God is a good God and wants the best for His children. For sure He wanted the best for Moses because He had B-I-G plans for him. God sees the BIG picture and we see but a small portion. Faith and trust must be a huge part of our walk with our Lord. He is in control … we need to let go of things and let Him make the perfect plan work instead of resisting along the way.
I know I kicked and bucked for many years thinking I had the best plan for my life. Now I know… I DID NOT! It is so much easier to let God do the work that He promises He will do and I can enjoy the benefits of God’s wonderful works. Now I am not saying that we should just sit back and do nothing. We have to do our part… whatever that “part” is. Like Jochebed, she did all she could do and then left the rest to God.
This next quote is from another website used for this study of Exodus. The website name is Jesusplusnothing.com and it has a lot of good information as well. I liked the way they wrapped up their discussion on Chapter One of Exodus.
“In conclusion, all we can do is stand back and be amazed at the wisdom and justice of the Almighty God. His ways are perfect! While we live on this earth we will never understand all that happens or why things occur in our lives. We only ‘see through a glass dimly’ as the Bible puts it. But we can still rest, assured that the invisible God is not only at work, but that He has a purpose in everything that He does!”
And they included this scripture.
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
“Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay him?”
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.
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