This week I am starting a new series… I hope you will enjoy it.
The story of Moses, who would become the deliverer, starts in Gen 15: 13, 14.
Centuries before he was born. In this prophecy/promise to Abram God said…
Then He said to Abram; “Know certainly that your descendents will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions Gen 15: 13, 14. But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete. Verse 16, then in verse 18 On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram saying “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates – “
The sons of Israel, (formerly Jacob) sojourned in Egypt peacefully, till a Pharaoh arose in Egypt Exodus 1: 11 There they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens… and so the captivity of the Israelites began. People who had lived peacefully in the land were now slaves.
The Egyptians feared them
Exodus 1: 12 But the more they afflicted them the more they multiplied and grew. And they were in dread of the children of Israel.
If any of you have seen The Ten Commandments movie, by Cecil B DeMille you will perhaps remember what happened next. The king of Egypt ordered the midwives to kill the boy babies as they were born. But, as it says in Exodus 1: 17 But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, and saved the male children alive.
Pharaoh took matters into his own hands
He commanded all his people, saying “Every son who is born you shall cast in the river…Exodus 1: 22
In the film the children were killed by the sword… it probably made better drama. But the Bible clearly says ‘cast into the river’. So when Moses (as yet unnamed) was born he was hidden by his family till he was three months old. His mother prepared an ark of bulrushes and placed him in it and put him in the river.
She hid him in plain sight… where the boy babies were being killed.
The three month old baby was found by Pharaoh’s daughter and as it says in Exodus 2: 6 …”So she had compassion on him…”
Moses’ sister, who had been watching, went to Pharaoh’s daughter and offered to find a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child. It is no surprise to hear that the girl called their mother. So Moses’ mother not only was given her son back, but was paid to be his wet-nurse.
In a quote from Bibletools.org
“We do not know for sure how long Moses was with his real parents. It was at least until he was weaned. In those days, it seems to have been customary for a child to be on the breast for about two years before he was weaned. It is possible, some commentators say, understanding the culture of Egypt, it is likely that Moses was with Amram and Jochebed until he was about six years old. The reason, they say, was to get the child through those “bad years,” for instance, “the terrible twos,” because they had them too. By the time he was turned over to Pharaoh’s daughter, he was over the hump, and she would not have such a hard time taking care of him. So, he may actually have lived with Amram and Jochebed through what we could call the pre-school years.”
If this is true… even if it was only until he was two when he was weaned, it makes sense that he would have known his mother, father and heritage. They would have to prepare him for leaving the only home he knew to go and live with Pharaoh’s daughter. Then she gave him his name… “Moses”… literally ‘drawn out’
More next week
Till then… tread softly, you many be treading on someone’s dreams.