#140 🧺 Exodus 1-2 Birth of Moses 👶🏼 𓁳 📜
At the conclusion of Genesis, the Israelites gave themselves to the Egyptian Pharaoh to become his slaves to survive the harsh famine in the land. We now begin the book of Exodus.
The Hebrews lived in captivity in Egypt as slaves for 400 years. God heard the cries of Hebrew slaves and set a plan to free them from Pharaoh. Pharaoh became concerned that the Hebrews grew in numbers and multiplied exceedingly. He then decreed that all Hebrew firstborn males be killed while allowing their daughters to live. The midwives obeyed God and did not kill the male babies. God blessed the midwives with their own families. Moses' mother, Jochebed, hid baby Moses for a little while until she could no longer hide him. She made a basket to put Moses in it and then placed the basket in the River Nile.
Pharaoh's daughter saw the basket and the baby and decided to raise Moses as her child. She also called Moses' real mother to nurse him and pay her wages. God ordained this story to protect Moses from Pharaoh's death mandate and place him directly under Pharaoh's household. This amazing story and the book of Exodus are crucial for understanding our times and how to react when the elites enact unethical mandates.
Chapter 1: The Oppression of the Israelites
Isreallies living in Egypt are now oppressed, a stark contrast to the prosperity during Joseph's time in Egypt. The descendants of Jacob, who once enjoyed favor in Egypt, now find themselves enslaved and oppressed under a new Pharaoh who fears their growing numbers. Pharaoh initially instructed the midwives to kill all male Hebrew infants during childbirth to curb their population growth. He then officially decreed all of Eygpt the killing of all Hebrews' firstborn males.
The midwives, Shiphrah and Puah, fearing God more than the Pharaoh, defy his orders and allow the Hebrew boys to live. Their acts of civil disobedience represent a powerful testament to the sanctity of life and the moral duty to stand against injustice.
Chapter 2: The Birth and Rescue of Moses
Jochebed and her husband Amram gave birth to a son, Moses. Desperate to save him from Pharaoh's edict, they place him in a waterproof basket and set him afloat on the Nile. Under God's divine providence and protection, Pharaoh's daughter discovers the infant, and he is raised as her own son within the palace.
Moses' name, derived from the Egyptian word "mose," meaning "drawn out," foreshadows his future role as the one who will draw the Israelites out of bondage. Even in the direst of circumstances, God works through the actions of ordinary people to fulfill His plans.
Lesson for us today:
The Power of Courage: The courageous actions of Shiphrah, Puah, and Jochebed exemplify the strength of individuals who stand up against oppressive regimes. Their bravery is doing what is right, even in the face of significant risk to their lives and livelihood.
Divine Providence: The story of Moses' rescue from the Nile was of divine providence. God uses ordinary events and people to change the world significantly, depsite their evil plans.
Fear Of God: The midwives' refusal to take part in killing Hebrew infants preserves the sanctity of human life and fear of God.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. Proverbs 9:10 KJV.
The Role of Mothers: Jochebed's unwavering love and determination to protect her child at all costs exemplify the sacrificial love of mothers. Jesus is the ultimate sacrificial love to die for all humanity plagued with sin and death.
The courage of Shiphrah, Puah, and Jochebed, along with Moses's miraculous birth and early life, are enduring themes of resilience, divine providence, and the power of individuals to make a difference in the face of adversity--timeless lessons about faith, courage, and the triumph of good over evil.