“But when she could hide him no longer, she got him a wicker basket and covered it over with tar and pitch. Then she put the child into it and set it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile. ” (Exodus 2:3, NASB95)
Pharaoh got angry when he learned that the midwives refused to follow his direction. He put out another decree that every male child should be thrown into the Nile. Moses’ mom just couldn’t do it. She hid him for 3 months. But he was getting too loud, and it was getting too difficult to hide him any longer. So, if we were in her place, what would we do? What would our next step be? I can’t imagine being faced with some of the challenges that our brothers and sisters in the faith have experienced over the centuries.
But she determined that God will have to decide what will happen to her child. She puts the child in a basket and floats it into the Nile. She does so right around the same time that Pharaoh’s daughter is bathing. Pharaoh’s daughter sees the basket and the child in it and decides to keep him because she had compassion for him. Moses’ sister watches the whole thing happen and arranges that Moses’ mother would be the one to nurse him until he would be taken by Pharaoh’s daughter to be her own son.
I marvel at Moses’ mom’s decision. No dream or vision from God. She just does what she feels she needs to do. What did God do with her act? He used this boy (Moses), who was rescued by an Egyptian ruler’s daughter, to rescue the entire nation of Israel from Egyptian oppression. How ironic!!! I marvel at how God does what He does to get His will done.
Are you ever uncertain as to whether God has a plan for your life? Ever wonder how He could use the mess you’re in to get His good and gracious will accomplished? Read the story of Moses’ life and wonder no more!