Summary: The birth of Moses. (Powerpoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: email@example.com)
• A simple home (1-2)
• A clever plan (2b-4)
• A surprising rescue (5-10)
• Top 10 funny baby video clips on YouTube.
• There is something magical about a baby crying or smiling or just being a baby;
• It touches even the most hardened heart.
• Well most of the time it touches even the most hardened heart.
• Yet we saw last week that there was one man;
• Who was hard-hearted and unfeeling towards anyone but his own family & race.
• The last verse of the previous chapter (1 verse 22);
• Ended with a decree of Pharaoh to all of his people.
• “Every boy that is born you must throw into the river, but let every girl live”.
• To Pharaoh the Hebrew people were just slaves,
• Therefore they had no more value than an animal;
• And he no doubt viewed them as;
• Two legged beasts born only to work for and serve their Egyptian masters!
• So Pharaoh’s command at the end of chapter 1 (verse 22);
• Is the backdrop for the first 10 verses of chapter 2.
• It was a cold calculated act of genocide;
• (the "intentional murder of part or all of a particular ethnic, religious, or national group”):
But to the Egyptians in their culture and in their time it was just a ‘cull’.
(“Culling is the process of removing breeding animals from a group based on specific criteria. This is done either to reinforce certain desirable characteristics;
Or to remove certain undesirable characteristics from the group”)
Pharaoh frightened by the increase of the Hebrew population in his country:
• Decides to act and to act fast!
• So he orders a decree to kill all male Hebrew babies at birth.
• This way he will still have an army of female slaves to serve the Egyptian population;
• But the number of Hebrews in his land;
• Will decrease year by year until he feels it is safe to let them breed again!
• That is the backdrop to chapter 2;
• And as we pick up the story we are introduced to a married Hebrew couple.
(1). A SIMPLE HOME (1-2)
“Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, 2 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”.
• A Hebrew man of the tribe of Levi married a Hebrew woman;
• Who was also of the same tribe.
• Later on (Exodus chapter 6 verse 20);
• We learn that the man’s name is Amram and the mother’s is Jochebed.
• The fact that both the man and his wife are both of the tribe of Levi;
• Is a point which Moses wants us to view as significant.
• That is why he mentions it! So hold on to that thought and we will pick it up later on!
Verse 2 tells us that to this couple, a child was born.
• The mother is said to have sensed something special about the child;
• “When she saw”
• This was an important factor which prompted her to hide the baby for three months.
Verse 2 is rendered several ways by different Bible translators:
• “… he was a fine child” (NIV),
• “… he was beautiful” (NASB),
• “… he was exceptionally well-formed” (Berkeley),
• “… he was a goodly child” (King James).
• I am sure this verse means much more than Moses was a good looking baby;
• And all the other Hebrew boy babies were ugly.
• My understanding of this verse is that Moses’ parents;
• Somehow perceived that God had a special purpose for this child.
• In the New Testament book of Hebrews (chapter 11 verse 23);
• The writer tells us that the parents of this baby ‘acted on faith’.
• Those translations that render this expression as “no ordinary child”,
• Suggest that the parents of Moses saw beyond the child’s good looks;
• To something even more special in him.
• His parents, we are told in the book of Hebrews,
• Believed God had a special purpose for the child.
• I believe that God have a special purpose for every child?
• One of the most exciting things about the work we do with children & young people
• Is to hammer home again and again two key truths.
• ONE: they are individual, special, unique, made in the image of God!
• Quote Psalm 139 verse 14:
• “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful”
• TWO: if they trust and follow the Lord wholeheartedly (Proverbs chapter 3 verse 5);