From the bleak prospect of drowning in the Nile River to the beautiful palace of Pharaoh, Moses’ life story took an unexpected turn at the very beginning. Because of his birth mother’s courage and ingenuity, he was given a second chance on life. And God directed his floating basket straight into the arms of a compassionate princess.
The king’s command was to toss all Hebrew male babies into the Nile. No one was exempt from this decree. While the Israelites would not voluntarily kill their sons by drowning, their Egyptians neighbors would report them and get the job done. So what were the Hebrew women to do except mourn their loss?
But there was one woman who thought outside the box. She not only obeyed Pharaoh’s command but also preserved her son’s life. That woman was Moses’ birth mom, and this is her story.
Fear is a powerful emotion. It can motivate us to do crazy things, both good and bad. A healthy fear of God will prompt us to revere Him and give Him the respect and honor due His holy name. However, fear of man can lead us to do things or make decisions we never would have made and are not always the wisest.
Before we dive into the book of Exodus, it would be beneficial for us to learn a bit of the historical background and context in which this story takes place. The people of Israel originated as a family from the Mesopotamian region. So how did they end up in Egypt? In order to answer that question, we must go back a few hundred years into Genesis, to the story of a man named Abraham.