Boys Have to Swim

July 30, 2021

Exodus 2.1-10        

1 Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.

Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.

Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?”

“Yes, go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. 10 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.”

Yesterday we saw that Pharaoh told the people to throw every Hebrew male into the Nile.  Moses’ mother obeyed the rules.  She just noticed that the rules did not say anything about whether the boy could have his own boat when he went into the river.  But this is not a story about following the rules.  If it were it would have a lesson about following the rules, as long as they don’t go against God’s rules.  Killing the boy would have gone against one of God’s rules. 

I see here God’s provision for one, as he will soon provide for them all.  It is not just that Moses lives, it is that his mother is still going to care for him.  And while she cares for him, Pharaoh’s daughter will pay her to care for her own child.  Pharaoh’s attempts to destroy a nation of people is being thwarted by God and God is having Pharaoh pay the bills to start it out.  And he will pay the bills to finish it off, but that is for a few weeks later.

Too often we fight against everything going on.  We want to make claims that the government, or big business, or someone, is against us as the church.  The Hebrews could certainly say that Pharaoh was against them.  But we are already seeing here the future that God wins the battle against Pharaoh on behalf of the people.  We will see the same for ourselves as we move through the next years.  As Paul will say much later than this: “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Whether it is the pandemic today, fighting disease, dealing with any of life’s struggles, we always have God on our side.  It may look like they are winning.  It may look like we are defeated.  God is patiently working it out.  We wait on God and we see that he is always faithful and brings us to the other side.  Not in our time or in our way.  And that just makes it all the better.  God carries his people through.  One child is just the beginning.  One today, soon the rest will come along with.

SongGreat is Thy Faithfulness


Loving Father, we confess that sometimes we think we can do things all by ourselves and sometimes we are worried about things.  We forget that you give us everything we have and that you make us who we are.  Please forgive us for thinking about ourselves first.  Please forgive us for not trusting you to take care of us.  Thank you for always loving us even when we forget that we need you.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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