I was reading a true story tonight that brought me on the verge of tears. Happy tears. I’ve read it before, but it’s been awhile. It was the story of baby Moses. Tonight I was studying my bible about priorities. I got a bit sidetracked when DH said something about Moses and I was thinking, how did Moses know that he was a Hebrew? Someone must have told him. Possibly Pharoahs daughter, who raised him as her own. But I also remembered that when Pharoahs daughter found Moses in the basket on the river, his sister had been watching from the brush, and she asked Pharoahs daughter if she should go and get a nurse of the Hebrew women to nurse the child.
You know what, I think I’m just going to write what it says there in Exodus 2:5-10 because God tells the story so much better than me. It gives me chills every time I read it and makes me cry! I can’t imagine having to be separated from my baby in order to save his life!
” And the daughter of Pharoah came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark(basket) among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it.
And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children.
Then said his sister to Pharoah’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?
And Pharoah’s daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child’s mother.
And Pharoah’s daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it.
And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharoah’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.”
Isn’t that just the best story? I mean Jochebed had to put her baby in a basket on the river to save him from being killed by Pharoah, and I’m sure she did not know what God had in store, though she did know that God would take care of him somehow. I’m sure she had no idea that she would get to nurse Moses and raise him until he was old enough to be weaned or old enough to be taught?. I’m not sure how long that was in those days but I’m sure it was probably at least a couple years. If anyone has any info on that I’d love to hear.
Can you imagine? Wow,, God worked everything out so perfectly, as he always does, and baby Moses’ mother, Jochebed, was able to be reunited with him, and she even got paid wages for it!! Jochebed was rewarded so much because of her faith that God would take care of this child. And then for Moses’ sister to be so bold as to approach Pharoah’s daughter and ask if she should get a Hebrew woman to nurse him!
Well, I just had to share that with you all. I love it and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside :)
P.S. Did you realise that Jochebed actually kept the law that every son born to the Hebrews was to be cast into the river? I just now realised that. Sure she hid him for 3 months until she couldn’t hide him any more, and then put him in a basket, but she did put him on the river!