2017-06-11 - Moses: The Early Years
So the providence of the Lord was already working in Moses’ life. The princess Hatshepsut was down at the Nile, bathing. While she is doing so, down the river floats the basket, and out of it comes a lusty cry. Hatshepsut takes the basket out of the water, opens it, sees a baby, and realizes it’s one of the Hebrew males. This conclusion probably did not come from the fact the baby was circumcised, but because what baby would be floating on the river, other than a Hebrew one? Also the style of the basket may have pointed to his origin.
Moses’ sister Miriam next popped out of the bushes and said to the princess. “Do you need someone to nurse the infant?” Being told yes, she got her mother. Jocabed was hired on the spot as Moses’ wet nurse. Her trust in the Lord was honored by her child not only being saved, but saved by the Pharaoh’s daughter And on top of that, Moses was returned to her.
“… Ehen he was left outside, Pharaoh’s daughter adopted and raised him as her own son. So Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in his speech and actions” (Acts 7:21–22 HCSB)
When Moses is weaned, Jocabed returns him to Hatshepsut. He is adopted by her. He is now a prince of Egypt, and if he had stayed with her, he might had become Pharaoh, himself.
There is some debate over the derivation of Moses’ name. Hannah states:
“Some say that the name Moses (moseh) was a Hebrew word and that Hebrew was understood by the Egyptians. Others say “Moses” was an Egyptian name, like “Mose” in Thutmose or Ahmose. Cassuto (A commentary on the Book of Exodus, pp.20-1) suggests the term is Egyptian meaning “son” or “is born” though in sound moseh was a pun on the Hebrew very masah, “to draw out” (I drew him out of the water). 2
It is obvious that God can bend any circumstance to support His program. Here in the midst of a concerted effort to kill all the Hebrew males, Pharaoh’s own daughter adopts one of them. God puts him in the palace where he can get all the formal training and education he will need in the future, as the leader of the Lord’s people.
I had a friend who was a clinical social worker, and had always worked in local practices. He ended up at an interview he didn’t want to go on, at a hospital. Once there, he didn’t understand the questions. But as a result of the interview, he became the director of Pediatric Social Services. It was clear this where the Lord wanted him. Why? Who knows. But even today, the Lord will put us were He wants us, regardless of how unlikely it seems.
Just remember the Lord is in control of our lives. He has the ability to turn around impossible situations to His glory. Notice here, He acted when the total situation was left in His hands.
“We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28 HCSB)
The real issue is to be in the Lord’s will, and He'll see we’re in His place.
Exodus study to be continued.
All verses are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.