The Choice of Moses’ Parents
By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of
his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they
were not afraid of the king’s commandment.
Read Exodus 2:1-10
Moses was born during a difficult time in Israel’s history. Egypt’s Pharaoh
had commanded that all baby boys born to the families of Jacob’s descendants
were to be put to death, yet some families served the Lord uprightly
and defied Pharaoh’s command. A number of Hebrew midwives assisted
other Hebrew women when they gave birth; these women chose to obey
God instead of fulfilling unlawful human directives. The same choice was
also found in the hearts of Moses’ parents.
Great tension must have filled their hearts when the time arrived for their
child to be born. Would it be a boy or a girl? It was a boy! According to Pharaoh’s
command, this meant that he would be cast into the Nile as food for
the crocodiles. However, these parents feared the Lord and did not obey
Pharaoh’s orders. In faith, they hid Moses instead. It is a great blessing to
have parents who fear God and make decisions based upon His Word.
These parents hid Moses because they saw that he was a goodly child. Not
only was he a beautiful baby, but these parents also believed the Lord had
a special purpose for their son. God did not destine their son to die in the
Nile, but to live! In a similar way, God’s purpose for your life (based on His
revealed will) is not death, but that you should live!
Thought: What is the meaning of the saying: God seeks your life and not
Psalter 308: 3 (based on Psalm 115)
Let Israel trust in God alone,
The Lord, Whose grace and power are known;
To Him your full allegiance yield;
And He will be your help and shield;
All those who fear Him God will bless,
His saints have proved His faithfulness.