Exodus 2:1-3 "And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. And the woman conceived and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein: and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink."
Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible. He did not go into a lot of detail about his
parents, even leaving out their names. We learn later that their names were Amram and Jochebed.
Moses simply describes them both as being from the tribe of Levi. This tribe would later
become the priestly tribe of Israel. When Jochebed saw her beautiful, healthy baby boy she
could not kill him so she hid him. She was able to keep him hidden for 3 months but it must
have been hard to keep him quiet. If the Egyptians heard him crying they would have killed him.
So she made a little bed for him, waterproofed it and put him in the flags by the river's brink.
He was not put out in the river but up in the wet grassy bank; his sister was placed nearby to
make sure no harm came to him. I think Jochebed probably knew Pharaoh's daughter came to this
very spot to bathe and most likely she knew the exact time she would be coming. What she was
hoping for happened. When the Princess saw the beautiful baby, she couldn't have him killed
either so she decided to adopt him. Moses' sister was sent to find a Hebrew woman to nurse
him and, of course, brought back her own mother. This was perhaps planned, also. Not only did
Jochebed save her son's life but she got paid to care for her own child, although she had to
give him up later. God's plan for the future leader of the Hebrew nation had begun. Even
though Moses was raised as an Egyptian Prince, educated in the palace and trained as an
Egyptian, he was still a Hebrew. This chapter spans about a 40 year period. Moses' life is
divided into three 40 year peroids. The first was his training as an Egyptian, the second his
training in the desert and the third was as the leader of the Israelites.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
How do you think Pharaoh found out about Moses' crime?
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