When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.” (Exodus 2:10 NIV84)

Moses gets his name not from his mother, but from his adoptive Egyptian mother (the daughter of Pharaoh). She was the one who saw the basket with the baby boy floating in the Nile. She sent her servant girl to get the basket. Pharaoh’s daughter had compassion on the Hebrew boy, and so, she “drew him out” (Moses) of the water. The waters that should have been his end, because Pharaoh had decreed that all Hebrew boys should be drowned in the Nile, became the waters of life as he was drawn out of the river. I have always wondered what it must have been like for Pharaoh to have his daughter defy him in such a way that Moses’ very name, as it was voiced around the palace as he grew up, would be a constant reminder.

Fast forward to the Dead Sea where Moses and the Israelites are caught between a “rock and a hard place”. After the 10th plague, Pharaoh finally relents and allows the Israelites to leave his land. But as the Israelites make it to the Dead Sea, Pharaoh changes his mind and goes after them. Pinned between the Egyptian army and the Dead Sea, things are not looking good for the Israelites. Not until Moses, who was drawn out of the water when he was a baby, is now the instrument God works through to draw His entire people out of the Dead Sea. Moses prays and raises his staff, and God causes the water of the sea to divide and a strong wind dries the ground so the people of Israel can walk across on dry ground. God draws His people out of Egypt and out of the Red Sea, bringing them into the Promised Land.

Tell me that He hasn’t done the same for us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He has drawn us out of the kingdom of this world into His eternal kingdom. He has drawn us out of lives enslaved to sin to lives made new by the Power of His Holy Spirit.

May we live lives of gratitude to the One who has drawn us out and away from all that is deadly and who is guiding us on a path to the Promised Land.


Pastor Tom

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