On Hebrews 11: Moses’ Parents

By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict – Heb 11:23.

Read: Exodus 2:1-10

Interact: Why was Pharaoh so intent on killing off the Israelite boys? What would it have been like to find out you (or your wife) were pregnant?

Reflect: The edict comes down from Pharaoh: All Israelite boys that are born are to be thrown into the Nile to drown, but girls were allowed to live. Imagine being a would-be parent, finding out that the wife is pregnant. There were no ultrasounds. For nine months, you anticipate the birth of a child, knowing its life or death was to be determined by the presence or absence of a Y chromosome. The day finally arrives; the wife goes into labor. At long last come those words, “It’s a ____.” If it’s a girl, the parents sigh a deeply sigh of relief. If it’s a boy, the sentence has been cast: death by drowning in the Nile. That is the angst-filled dilemma of two parents one day when the wife gives birth to a little baby boy. But instead of obeying the king’s edict, they hide him. And when they can hide him no more, they trust him into the Lord’s care. And instead of drowning in the Nile, he is discovered by Pharaoh’s own daughter in the Nile, floating in a basket. She rescues him. She saves his life. Because they walked by faith, in obedience, defying the orders of Pharaoh, they got to see God’s miracle working power to save his life at that moment, and then to watch firsthand as God delivered Israel from bondage to Egypt and Pharaoh by Moses’ hand.

Respond: How are you being asked to walk by faith when the outcome seems so shaky, even unavoidable? Pray, asking God to give you, this week, opportunities to obey when all doors seem shut so that only God can receive the glory when he does something that only he can do to deliver or provide.

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