"For God is my king from of old, Working salvation in the midst of the earth." Psalm 74:12
Text: Exodus 2 : 1-6
GOD’S PLAN OF SALVATION
God was not unaware of the plight of the Hebrews, the descendants of Abraham! He had already planned for Israel’s deliverance. His divine plan was difficult to comprehend. First the future deliverer had to be born!
“And a man of the house of Levi went
And took as wife a daughter of Levi.
So the woman conceived and bore a son.
And when she saw that he was a beautiful child,
She hid him three months.”
The little baby who was destined to be the deliverer of Israel was born in very difficult times in Egypt! The Pharaoh’s order was most explicit! All male babies were to be put to death!
But how could the parents put their beautiful baby to death? The decision was made. The parents would risk their lives for the sake of their baby boy! For three difficult months, the parents cleverly hid their little baby!
A DESPERATE PLAN
If a mother is careful and attentive, she can keep the baby from crying out loud! But with the passing of time, it became impossible to keep the little one quiet. A desperate plan was conceived.
“But when she could no longer hide him,
she took an ark of bulrushes for him,
daubed it with asphalt and pitch, put the child in it,
and laid it in the reeds by the river’s bank.
And his sister stood afar off, to know what would
be done to him.”
The plan had no great merit in itself. How would the little baby be fed? How long could the little ark made of bulrushes stay afloat? Keeping an eye on the ark was his sister, but what could she do? She was but a young girl!
THE HIGHER HAND OF GOD
The higher hand of God must be acknowledged! As the bulrush ark floated in the river, who but the Pharaoh’s daughter would come to the very same river for a bath!
“Then the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe
at the river. And her maidens walked along the riverside;
and when she saw the ark among the reeds, she sent her maid
to get it. And when she opened it, she saw the child, and behold,
the baby wept. So she had compassion on him, and said,
‘This is one of the Hebrew’s children.'”