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The Baby And The Basket
Exodus 2:3-4 “But when she could hide him no longer, she got him a wicker basket and covered it over with tar and pitch. Then she put the child into it and set it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile. 4His sister stood at a distance to find out what would happen to him.”
Do you see this basket? When I looked at this basket it made me think of a story from the Bible about God keeping his promises.
A long, long time ago there was a man by the name of Joseph, who had eleven brothers. Joseph was a man of God and God used him to help save the land of Egypt and his family from a famine that came over the land. Well, because of what Joseph did the people of Egypt looked on Joseph and all his family as heroes and welcomed them to live among them in the land of Egypt. Over the years the children, grand children and great, great grand children of Joseph and his eleven brothers numbered over three million. The people of Egypt forgot about Joseph and became very jealous of the children of Joseph and his brothers who they called Jews. So the Pharaoh, the King of Egypt, placed all the Jews into slavery. But the Jews still kept growing in number and the Pharaoh became afraid of them because he thought they might take over Egypt. Then the Pharaoh made an order that all boy babies were to be thrown into the Nile River and killed.
Now, God made a promise to the great grandfather of Joseph that he would make a mighty nation of his children and God never forgot that promise.
There was a baby boy born to a Jewish family and they did not want to throw their baby into the Nile. So they hid him a way. When the time came when they could not hid him any longer his mother took a basket and made it water proof so that it would float like a boat. Placed the baby in it and placed the basked and baby in the Nile. The baby’s bigger sister stayed near watching over him.
Not far from where the basket was place in the Nile the Pharaoh’s daughter was swimming. She saw the basket and when she got to it she saw that a baby was in it. She said that since she had no children, she would raise the baby as her own son. Then the baby’s bigger sister came out of hiding when she heard what the Princess said and told the Princess that she knew of a woman who could take care of the baby for her. So she went home and got her mother to take care of the baby. In the mean time, the Princess said that because she had taken the baby out of the waters of the Nile she will call his name Moses!
Yes, God remembered his promise! Because, Moses later grew up to lead the Jewish people out of Egypt to freedom and they became a mighty nation. But that is a story for another time. Let us now pray.
February 3, 2013
Up-dated February 28, 2011
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