“When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank.”Exodus 2:3 (ESV)
This is one of the most beautiful stories in the Bible. The one who would be the deliverer of the Hebrews was himself delivered from Pharaoh’s cruel edict. Because of what his mother did, Moses’ parents received a mention in the Hall of Faith.
“By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command.”Hebrews 11:23 (NKJV)
Pharaoh had ordered that the Hebrew male babies be cast into the Nile. At great risk to themselves and to their other children, Jochebed and Amram hid baby Moses. Then Jochebed made an ark of bulrushes to protect him while she set him afloat on the river.
Exercising faith is not without risk. Great faith requires great courage. But our courage comes from reliance upon God’s promises. The more we trust in God and in His promises the greater our faith and courage can be. How marvelous that God honored Jochebed and Amram’s faith by divinely arranging multiple circumstances to ensure that Moses was raised in the house of Pharaoh. The one chosen to save his people from the bondage and oppression of Egypt himself grew up as prince of Egypt! God’s hand was obviously on this little boy, but He worked through the faith of Moses’ parents.
Is there something you feel that God is calling you to do? Is there someone you feel called to save? Your action will require faith and courage. There will be opposition, and you will probably wrestle with fear, worry and doubt. But you cannot know success until you take the first step of faith. Cast yourself on the river of God’s love and watch where He carries you!
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