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Summary: God protected Jochebed, Miriam, and the baby Moses. Today, He protects us.

God the Protector

Exodus 2:1-10

- We’re continuing our study through the book of Exodus, and as we study, we’re asking the question, “What can I learn about honoring God from this passage?”

- Last week, we looked at the fact that God is in control.

- The Egyptian midwives defied Pharaoh’s orders to kill all the newborn male babies, and since they feared God, they honored Him by risking their lives to save those babies.

- In doing so, they were defying Pharaoh’s orders, and were putting themselves in danger, but they knew that God was in control, and He would take care of them.

- And He did…We’re told that God blessed them by providing households for them.

- Today, we’re looking at God the Protector.

- Remember, in vs 22 of chapter 1, Pharaoh decided that since his plan failed with the midwives, he would do something else…

- He commands all his people to cast all newborn male babies into the river.

- I guess he figured that out of all his subjects, there would be some who were willing to carry out the dirty deed.

- But, like we said last week, God is in control, and as we’ll see today, He is also our Protector.

- I’m reminded of an event that happened when I was about nine years old.

- Me and my brother and sisters really wanted to get a puppy.

- I’ll never forget how much we begged my father, and for a while, he said no…

- Then one day, he decided that he’d grant our request.

- I remember him doing lots of research on different breeds of dogs…

- Then one day, he took us to the mall to a pet store.

- They had a bunch of cute little puppies, but there was one that stood out to all of us…

- He was the cutest little chow-chow.

- My father was talking with the cashier about the dog, and she told him how friendly chow-chow’s are.

- So my dad filled out some paperwork, and I can’t remember why, but we had to wait before we could take it home with us.

- We were so excited and couldn’t wait to go back and pick him up.

- But then, my father found out that chow-chow’s are actually an aggressive breed, and they weren’t good with children.

- So a few days later, we went back…

- Of course, me and my brother and sisters still wanted the dog, but my father knew better.

- He told the cashier she was wrong about the dog, and we wouldn’t be buying it after all.

- Of course, we were so sad, but we realized that our father knew more about it than we did, and he was protecting us.

- One of my sisters was 5, my brother was 7, and I was 9…

- Dad knew that it was dangerous for a family with young children to own a chow-chow, because kids run around with lots of energy and like to play, and if we were too rough with a chow-chow, it could become aggressive…

- So my father ended up getting us a chocolate lab…but I’ll never forget that story because even though it was hard for my father to say no, he knew what was best, and he was protecting us.

- Let’s look now at the three people God protected from Pharaoh, here in Exodus Ch 2.

I.) God Protected Jochebed- Vs 1-3

- God has given mothers an instinct to protect their children, even if it means risking their life to save their child.

- Years ago, a young mother was making her way across the hills of South Wales, carrying her tiny baby in her arms, when she was overtaken by a blinding blizzard.

- She never reached her destination and when the blizzard had subsided her body was found by searchers beneath a mound of snow.

- But they discovered that before her death, she had taken off all her outer clothing and wrapped it about her baby.

- When they unwrapped the child, to their great surprise and joy, they found he was alive and well.

- She had mounded her body over his and given her life for her child, proving the depths of her mother love.

- Years later that child, David Lloyd George, grown to manhood, became prime minister of Great Britain, and, without doubt, was one of England’s greatest statesman.

- I believe Jochebed was very much like that woman, because she was willing to risk her life and the wrath of Pharaoh to keep her son safe.

- The children of Israel were going through some really rough times here.

- Not only had Egypt robbed them of their freedom and given them back-breaking, difficult work, but now, they’re trying to rob them of their own children!

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