The Book of Exodus: The Victorious God
Exodus chapter 1: Deliverance is Needed!
The plans of Pharaoh:
Plan A | forced labor and slavery
Plan B | secretive genocide via the Hebrew midwives
Plan C | public genocide via the Egyptian people
The Lord of Armies has sworn: As I have purposed, so it will be; as I have planned it, so it will happen.
Exodus chapter 2: A Deliverer is Born.
Now a man from the family of Levi married a Levite woman. 2 The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son; when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for three months. 3 But when she could no longer hide him, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with asphalt and pitch. She placed the child in it and set it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile. 4 Then his sister stood at a distance in order to see what would happen to him.
5 Pharaoh’s daughter went down to bathe at the Nile while her servant girls walked along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds, sent her slave girl, took it, 6 opened it, and saw him, the child—and there he was, a little boy, crying. She felt sorry for him and said, “This is one of the Hebrew boys.”
7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Should I go and call a Hebrew woman who is nursing to nurse the boy for you?”
8 “Go,” Pharaoh’s daughter told her. So the girl went and called the boy’s mother. 9 Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child and nurse him for me, and I will pay your wages.” So the woman took the boy and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, “Because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”
By faith Moses, after he was born, was hidden by his parents for three months, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they didn’t fear the king’s edict.
The midwives, however, feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt had told them; they let the boys live.
We don’t have to fear worldly powers, we can trust the Lord.
When we trust the Lord we have to let go.
God is preparing for the needed deliverance by providing and preserving the deliverer.
God continually works out his perfect will in amazing and supernatural ways.
When the child grew older, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, “Because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”
Two things in the passage that point to the deliverance that is to come: the basket and his name.
The word “basket” is the Hebrew word tebah.
The basket or tebah was the vessel for the deliverance of God’s people.
Years later God would use Moses to be the deliverer, to draw out the people of Israel from Egyptian slavery.
In the place of death (the Nile) God brings life (a deliverer named Moses)
In the place of death (the cross) God brings life (the Deliverer named Jesus Christ)
Dear God, I need deliverance. I confess that I am a sinner and I need a Savior. I believe that you can draw me out of the mess that I am in, and that you can bring life out of the decay and death all around me. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins, and rose from the grave three days later, conquering Satan, sin and death. I believe he is my Deliverer and Savior. Forgive me of my sins. I repent and give myself fully to you.