"Behold, children are a heritage of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward." Psalm 127:3
Text: Exodus 2 : 7-10
Pharaoh’s daughter appearing on the scene was nothing short of the miraculous provision of God! But how was the princess going to nurse the three-month old baby who would obviously need to be breast-fed?
“Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter,
‘Shall I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women,
that she may nurse the child for you?'”
What pluck, what courage the little girl possessed! She actually dared to approach the Pharaoh’s daughter and then presented a solution for nursing the baby boy! The princess whose heart had already been moved with compassion for the little baby answered quickly.
“And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, ‘Go.’
So the maiden went and called the child’s mother.
Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to her,
‘Take this child away and nurse him for me,
and I will give you your wages.’
So the woman took the child and nursed him.”
The little baby’s own mother was now employed and paid to look after her own son! She could now bring home her little baby without fear! She was the nursemaid employed by the Pharaoh’s daughter! No soldier would dare to accost her!
THE NAMING OF THE CHILD
The little baby was breast-fed till he was weaned! Only then was he returned to the Pharaoh’s daughter. His own mother must have been very grateful that she nursed her little baby boy! He was now old enough to be brought to the Pharaoh’s daughter.
“And the child grew, and she brought him
to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son.
So she called his name Moses, saying,
‘Because I drew him out of the water.'”
A SIGNIFICANT COMMENT
Moses grew up in the lap of Egyptian luxury! The Book of Hebrews made a significant comment that sheds a little light concerning his life in Egypt. When he understood his Hebrew heritage, he forsook the “treasures of Egypt”.
“By faith Moses, when he became of age,
refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter…
Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches
than the treasures in Egypt…”
HEBREWS 11:24, 26