Summary: God calls those whom he can use and who are faithful even in areas where they feel weak.
• Life can be full of irony.
• When things happen in life, sometimes all we can do is scratch our heads.
• Life is ironic, and God loves irony.
• Here are a few funny examples of irony: “The most shoplifted book in America is The Bible.”
• “According to researchers, duct tape should never be used for sealing ducts.”
• Q-tips are sold in boxes that are labeled “do not insert inside the ear canal” (Brandon Specktor, “25 Funny Examples of Irony in Real Life,” Reader’s Digest, accessed October 11, 2018, https://www.rd.com/funny-stuff/funny-examples-of-irony/).
• When we face things in life, we may question why we are facing the situation at hand, or we wonder what possible purpose could this event serve in my life other than to make my life miserable!
• Last week we began our journey through the book of Exodus by seeing that God has a plan and that a few God-fearing people can make a huge difference in this world.
• These midwives were called to do something they never expected they would have to do.
• These ladies were told to kill the very children they were helping to bring into this world.
• These ladies received a call they did not expect!-
• After the midwives' heroic stance, Pharoah doubled down and commanded that all newborn Hebrew male children born were to be tossed into the Nile.
• Today we will examine parts of Moses's life, a man who will receive a call he never expected!
• We will be covering parts of Exodus 2,3,4. So you may want to open your bibles to that spot so you can follow.
• Today we will examine three things God we need to know about how God works with us.
I. God provided for and protected Moses.
• Let's read Exodus 2:1-7
Exodus 2:1–7 (CSB)
1 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?”
• We open Exodus 2 with a Hebrew woman who bore a son and wanted to spare his life.
• She put him in a basket and sent him drifting down the Nile River.
• Pharaoh’s daughter discovered this Hebrew baby in the basket and adopted him.
• We do not know how many Hebrew males were tossed into the Nile, but one that was not was Moses.
• I love verse two; Moses’ mother saw that he was beautiful and decided to hide him for three months.
• What mother does not think their child is not beautiful?
• When his mother could no longer hide Moses, she made a basket and set Moses afloat on the Nile.
• Once again, God protected Moses from dying or drowning in the Nile.
• Look at verses 8-10
Exodus 2:8–10 (CSB)
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.”
• God provided for Moses as Moses would be raised in Pharaoh’s house as one of his own (Exodus 2:1–10).
• God always has a sense of irony when he provides for his people and fights against the wicked.
• For the mother of Moses, she got to nurse him and parent him, AND she got PAID to do it!
• God rewarded her faithfulness!
• For Pharaoh, the Hebrew boy his daughter saved would be the one to bring about his downfall.
• God would have to protect Moses once again as he grew older.