Yesterday’s post ended with Pharaoh’s daughter finding Jochebed’s baby floating in the Nile River. When she opened the basket that was brought to her, the baby was crying. She had compassion on him and recognized that this was one of the Hebrew’s children. The daughter of Jochebed, Miriam, had been close by watching and ran to her and asked if she could go and call a nurse from the Hebrew women. Pharaoh’s daughter agreed and Miriam ran and got Jochebed, the baby’s mother. Oh what a wonderful reunion it was. Pharaoh’s daughter told her to take the child and care for him. So Jochebed took the child and cared for him until he was weaned and then brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter. It was at that time that Pharaoh’s daughter named the baby Moses, saying “Because I drew him out of the water.”
Now there are varied ideas and opinions about Pharaoh’s daughter’s name which I think are very interesting. They do not have any bearing, really, on the story and have nothing to do with prayer, which is what this series is about. However, I think it is interesting and want to include a little of that information. I have not consulted either of my “sources” for their opinion though. I will do that in the days to come and revisit with the information I found out.
One article (Wikipedia) I read says that Pharaoh’s daughter’s name was Bithiah. Here is an excerpt from that article.
“According to Hebrew beliefs; Bithiah or in Modern Hebrew Bityah (בִּתְיָה, literally “daughter of God”) was an Egyptian princess, and a daughter of Pharaoh. The name of her father is not in the Bible, but Rabbinic Midrash makes her the daughter of one of the Pharaohs of the Exodus, (see Pharaoh of the Exodus). The Bible and Midrash assert that she was the foster mother of Moses, having drawn him from the Nile and bestowed upon him his name (Exodus 2:10).
In Jewish tradition, she was exiled by the Pharaoh for bringing Moses the Levite into the house of Pharaoh and claiming him as her own child. Bithiah left Egypt with Moses during the mass Exodus of the children of Israel. She married Mered the Judahite. Her children were Miriam, Shammai, and Ishbah (the father of Eshtemoa).”
Bible Gateway – which I use almost exclusively for scripture – has this to say… this is only an excerpt from the entire article. The entire article is of interest and you might want to read it here. Following is the excerpt.
“For 40 years Moses was cared for and educated as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, having all the privileges of a son of the royal court. Stephen declared that “Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds” (Acts 7:22). Surrounded with all the wealth and luxury of Pharaoh’s court, Moses was taught to speak and write the Egyptian language correctly. Attention would be given to the grace of style which was later to guide Moses as the writer of the first five books of the Bible. His education would also include arithmetic and geometry, something in which the Egyptians even in that far-off age were most proficient. Moses also acquired a knowledge of Egyptian law, which he put to good use when he came to write the Mosaic law. From the priests of religion, he learned much about religious morality. Thus, in the education the princess gave her adopted son, we have an evidence of God’s overruling providence in the shaping of the future of Israel’s great leader.”
Then there is another website (Religiousreading.com) that has much more to say. This is an excerpt from there.
“… in Chronicles, we find the name “Bithiah” (meaning “daughter of God”) in this verse: “These were the children of Pharaoh’s daughter Bithiah, whom Mered had married.”
This pious name suggested a story to the rabbinic commentators in the Midrash, who explain that this name was an honor bestowed upon her by God: “God said to her, You have called Moses your son, although he was not your son, therefore I will call you my daughter [“Bithiah” = “bat,” daughter; “Yah,” God], although you are not my daughter.””
18 (His wife Jehudijah[e] bore Jered the father of Gedor, Heber the father of Sochoh, and Jekuthiel the father of Zanoah.) And these were the sons of Bithiah the daughter of Pharaoh, whom Mered took.
The rest of the article can be read here. There are a lot of “legends” surrounding this woman that had compassion on this baby drawn out of the Nile.
If you Google “what was Pharaoh’s daughter’s name” you can find a myriad of things to read about opinions and ideas. I will stick with the scriptures until I consult with a couple of folks that might know. Anyway, that is an example of the “rabbit trails” I go down and get side-tracked on, when researching for my blog posts. I love finding this kind of information out but it does tend to get in the way of writing the post. However, sometimes it is simply a knowledge mission. Trying to find the truth and not feeling settled until I know the truth. So now you know…
OK, back to the story line…
Moses grows up with all the knowledge of himself being Hebrew but growing up and being educated in the court of royalty. Knowing how “his” people are treated and not liking it one bit. In fact in the book of Hebrews in the Bible, the author has this to say about Moses.
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command.
24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in[e] Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
Now that brings another question to mind. When did Moses refuse to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter? I do not know that answer yet. The scriptures clearly state in Acts 7:22, in Stephen’s address to the High Priest, that Moses was learned in all the ways of the Egyptians as stated above in Bible Gateway’s article.
22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds.
Nonetheless, when he was 40 years old, he witnessed an Egyptian beating a Hebrew slave and when he approached the scene Moses became so angry that he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. Here is the scripture.
11 Now it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens. And he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. 12 So he looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 And when he went out the second day, behold, two Hebrew men were fighting, and he said to the one who did the wrong, “Why are you striking your companion?”
14 Then he said, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?”
So Moses feared and said, “Surely this thing is known!” 15 When Pharaoh heard of this matter, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh and dwelt in the land of Midian; and he sat down by a well.
Moses being afraid for his life, ran away into the wilderness, in the land of Midian. How many times have you read in my series something like the last part of that scripture verse? “… and he sat down by a well.” Maybe not the same verbiage, but similar.
Moses was confused, scared and tired. He needed a drink of cool water, probably, and so he sat down by a well. I imagine he did some praying too. Of course the scriptures do not say this, but being the man that scriptures lead us to believe that he was, he had to have a relationship with the Almighty God. He knew the history of the Israelites – Hebrews. He knew something in his spirit, I believe. Maybe not in his conscious self yet, but it was there.
How many times in your life have you had a gnawing feeling that there is something special God has for you. Something that you keep saying “Nah… God couldn’t use me.” “Not me.” Don’t be so quick to say that. God is a Good and Great God! God can use any ordinary person for extraordinary things! Unless you are a king, queen, or some other royalty you are just an ordinary person… come to think of it… In God’s eyes, they really are just ordinary people too, they just don’t know it… lol… sorry. Had to throw that in there. Actually, no one is just “ordinary” to God. We are all children of the Most High God! If we have accepted Jesus – God’s Son – as our personal Savior. We are children of the King!
For many years, I kept pushing God aside. I would take just a little of Him and then not do anything with it. He kept calling me and pursuing me, and never gave up on me. Thank Goodness! When I finally humbled myself to be available to be used of God, He has begun to open new doors for me that I never thought would happen. No, I am not an evangelist or missionary, but I pray that what I write for God, helps someone along the way. That is what I pray each day. God can use anything and make it great big for His glory! That is all I ask, is that it brings Glory to God.
So, don’t sell yourself too short too quickly! God has a wonderful plan for your life! God created you to be such an individual and wants you to be who He created you to be! There is no one else like you! His fingerprints are all over you! And He has a perfect plan for you, his beloved child.
In Jeremiah 29:11 He tells us so…
11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
I challenge you to pray to God and ask Him to use you in any way He sees fit. He has a plan for you. You just have to be humbled enough to ask and be used by God. He will help you, call out to Him today. He loves you so much and He is waiting, after all, He calls you His beloved!
I will close for now and yet, tomorrow, we will see who Moses meets at that well he sat down by.
The Song – Fingerprints of God – Steven Curtis Chapman
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