TUESDAY, AUGUST 15
SCRIPTURE: EXODUS 2
BY: Josh Boles
Exodus 2 is perhaps one of the most read chapters in all of the Bible. Who doesn’t remember the story of baby Moses being placed into the basket? Given the popularity of this chapter I want to try to bring some things into light that are not often talked about. Exodus 2 is a lot like chapter 1 in the fact that we are given a wide timeline with not a lot details or context. It may seem hard to dive into this chapter deeper, but there are many other scriptures that can give us further insight to this story. Remember yesterday how we talked about the continued story of redemption? Today we will get a further glimpse into that and see how all of these amazing stories are intertwined with the Gospel and our lives.
In Exodus the faith of the mother is exalted, but what about Moses’ father? In all of the movies, and Sunday School lessons we are just introduced to Moses’ mother but his father was also there. If you skip ahead to Exodus 6:20 you will find Moses’ parents listed. Their names were Amram and Jochebed. That is not the only clue we have however since Hebrews 11:23 commends both the father and the mother for their great faith to place Moses in that basket.
There is something very interesting about this portion of the story that I have never thought about. Moses’ mother would not have actually broke the law by placing him in the river, however the way in which she put him there would have been defiant. Remember that there were over two million Israelites living in Egypt and if we take a guess nearly one hundred thousand baby boys would have been executed by throwing them into the river. There would not have been enough Egyptian soldiers to carry out this task so the parents would have had to do it themselves in some cases. Could you imagine?
I can assure you that my first instinct would not have been to fashion a basket in the hopes that my baby boy survived. I would have fled Egypt and moved heaven and death to protect my baby boy. That is simply protective instinct for any parent. Instead of following their parental instincts, Moses’ parents placed their faith in God for Moses to be delivered straight into the hands of the people who ordered all of these babies to be killed. Why in the world would they do this?
In verse 1 we read the Moses’ mother saw that He was beautiful. This verse was not simply implying that Moses was a good looking baby, although I’m sure he was, but that he was special. If you would, go take a look at Acts 7:20, and Hebrews 11:23. You will notice that from the very start Moses was no ordinary child and God had great plans for his life.
Doesn’t this all sound familiar? How about a baby boy that would be born a couple of thousand years down the road? A baby boy that will be different from the rest. A baby boy who’s earthly parents had to hand him over to authorities that would end His life. A baby boy that will rescue millions of people from captivity. Are you catching on yet? Im talking about Jesus! We talked yesterday how Exodus is God’s model of salvation for the Old Testament. We will have the opportunity to talk about this much more throughout our time in Exodus but Moses’ life foreshadows the life of Christ. This means that Christ is the example, and the only way to salvation even in the Old Testament. This is the beauty of the cohesive nature of scripture. It is all about God, and His plan of redemption enacted through Jesus Christ. What a glorious, glorious savior we have, and a mighty, mighty God we serve!
So what is our take away here? Moses was special because he was set apart by God for a great purpose. This has great implications for our lives. 1 Peter 1:16 tells us that “we are holy because He is holy.” Holy means to be set apart. Today my main goal was for you to maybe learn something that you didn’t know, but I also want you to know that you are special and beautiful in the eyes of God, only because of Jesus. He has great plans for you if you have the faith to let him do great things in you.