*TEXT: Exodus 1:7-10
1:7 And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.1:8 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.1:9 And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:1:10 Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land. Exodus
Moses’ birth took place in the time of tragedy. Pharaoh and the Egyptians were threatened by the number and strength of the Hebrews, the result was that Pharaoh issued a terrible decree. The Hebrew midwives were instructed to report to the authorities as soon as they take delivery of any male Hebrew baby. These women refused, they could not just comply with such a command.
So Pharaoh asked, why have you done this?
*Exodus 1:18 And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them, Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men children alive?*
The midwives used clever tactics…. They replied
*Exodus 1:19 And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them*
So God dealt well with the midwives (1:20)
Sometimes it is important for the people of God to be shrewed- the midwives exhibited a bright quick witted handling of the situation.
Meaning of ” shrewed” : the ability to judge and understand a situation quickly and use it to your advantage.
Moses’ mother kept him hidden for 3 months but afterwards she had to do something about it. She built a basket of reeds, put her son in it and put it on the Nile river and asked the elder sister to watch over him.
If Moses was here and if he were to give a testimony, he would have spoken about the miracle of an older sister who loved him and who stood watch over his basket in the river.
One day, the daughter of Pharaoh ( the Princess) came to bathe in the Nile and heard a baby crying….. Moses’ sister ( Miriam) was alarmed, she thought oh’ no we are in trouble. But the baby Moses captured the heart of the princess, and against the decree she made up her mind that she would take him home as her own.
What happened next is very fascinating, Miriam said ” would you like me to find a nurse to nurse and care for the child? She left and called for the mother. This statement warms the heart of every mother ” a mother paid by the state for watching over her own child”
Moses’ mother raised him in the Palace of the Egyptian king, she saw God at work on all of this, though it appears to be a coincidence or shear luck.
Moses’ mother faithfully told her son of their God.
In the midst of a pagan Palace of a Pagan religion, she spoke of God, she told him of the story of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph, and in the night she would even whisper in Moses’ ears the sacred name of Yahweh.
Guest what ”Yahweh” means; the promised name of God, it also means: too holy to be voiced…. How sweet!
Moses knew the sacred name before he was able to speak
Who whispers the name of Jesus to the children today, do you? In the midst of plenty and privileges, who will keep the name of God alive? Who will say remember that you are a child of God? Will you?
The story of Moses is one that speaks of an auspicious beginning
The message is clear:
God is present and intimately involved in our lives.
1) God was present in the cleverness of the Hebrew midwives
2) God was present in the softened heart of an Egyptian Princess
3) God was Present in the quick thinking of an older sister
4) God was present in the religious fervour of a mother
Have you noticed that all of these Principals are women?
It took at least four good women to build one great man. God bless our women!
God is present and that’s the good news in this story. God is working out a purpose in history just as God always has and always will. See you next week. God bless you.