Exodus Chapter Two, The Deliverers... 

In our study of Exodus chapter two, we are introduced to the two deliverers of Israel. We will look at the birth and early years of Moses and apply the lessons to our lives in Christ. 

Exodus 2:1 & 2

"Now a man of the house 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." NIV translation

We are introduced to the parents of the deliverer and see that she hid him for three months. We remember that, throughout the Bible, the number three is associated with the earthly display of God's will. In chapter one, we saw that Pharaoh had issued an order to kill all of the male Hebrew children by throwing them into the Nile River. All we are told about the child at this point is that he is a normal healthy child. We also see that the will of God is superior to the will of any man (even Pharaoh) as she was able to hide a crying baby for three months.

Exodus 2:3

"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." NIV translation

After three months (God's timing) she could not hide him any longer but was led by God to put him in a basket to float above the water.

This is the second time that we have seen God use an ark to save His chosen man (see Genesis 7).

Exodus 2:4

"His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him." NIV translation

Now, we see that the deliverer had a big sister and she watched from the bank as the basket (ark) carried her brother away. This may seem like a minor detail but we have to remember that the child's mom and sister did not know what would become of him. For all they knew, he would drown or starve to death.

Exodus 2:5 & 6

"Then the Pharaoh's daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the river bank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her slave girl 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." NIV translation

Now, we see that God has brought the Pharaoh's daughter to the place at the right time to find the deliverer. It is a reminder to us that it is only by the grace and power of God that any of us can doing anything of value. She had compassion on the child even though she recognized that it was one of the Hebrew children that her father ordered to be killed.

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