In Exodus 1, we find Jacob’s descendants relocating in Egypt. In chapter 2, we meet Moses, a descendant of the tribe of Levi. Introduced as a baby endangered by a bloodthirsty government, Moses is born, just like Jesus, under an edict of death. Both’s lives were miraculously preserved in Egypt.
The baby Hebrew boys in Egypt were being killed because the Pharaoh at the time was worried that there were too many Hebrews populating there. He feared losing his position, his control, and his power over Egypt. So he sought to destroy them all in an effort to save himself. Selfishness and self-preservation always precede the murder of innocent children.
Likewise, every child born in our country today is born in a culture of death, complete with bloodthirsty government. Then, it was just boys and was a 50% murder rate. Now, it is both boys and girls with a 22% murder rate. Progressive, aren’t we? If you’re alive, be thankful.
Moses’ mother knew the law. She knew the risk involved in keeping her son as opposed to giving him up to be butchered by the enemy. She likely faced fines, prison, and even death. She still did not comply like so many others did. Instead, she hid her baby for as long as she could. She finally sent him off in a makeshift basket on the river entrusting his life to God alone. Moses’ mother clearly feared God more than she feared man or anything this world could do to her.
Pharaoh’s daughter found him and sent him back to – get this – his mother to be nursed and even paid her to do so! God often blesses those who trust him in faith despite all odds.
After he’d grown, Moses’ mother brought him back to Pharaoh’s daughter and he was raised and taught by her and in the royal places. He grew up to become Israel’s deliverer.
With the school starting, I consider the faith and courage Moses’ mother displayed for all mothers. In these ten short verses, she rejected the sinful laws of a corrupt government at her own risk in order to preserve her child. She entrusted her child to God when she felt she could no longer resist them without being caught. She believed in God’s providence when she could not be the one to provide for her child.
This is the story of a strong, faithful mother. It is a great encouragement to every one of us who cares for children amidst a world ruled by evil. We cannot always escape evil laws and governments, but we can overcome them by faith. When it comes to our children, we must decide whether we are going to live by faith or by fear; by courage or cowardice; by trusting God’s providence or by worrying about our needs.
God took care of Moses under the worst possible circumstances. He took care of Moses’ mother. He will take care of our children as well. Do not worry. He is faithful. Trust Him.