Exodus 2:1-10 .
“Now a man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it in tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him. Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the river bank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her slave girl to get it. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. ‘This is one of the Hebrew babies,’ she said. Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, ‘Shall I get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?’ ‘Yes, go’ she answered. And the girl went and got the baby’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, ‘Take the baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.’ So, the woman took the baby and nursed him. When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, ‘I drew him out of the water.’”
Miriam the older sister would have been 12-14 years old. Probably Jochebed, Moses’ mother, knew where the daughter of Pharaoh regularly bathed. The princess appeared to be naturally tender-hearted, which is why Miriam revealed herself.
God is clearly at work in this narrative. Jochebed was able to nurse Moses at home until he was possibly two years’ old, when she took him back to Pharaoh’s daughter to be raised in the royal house. Jochebed had the opportunity to plant in Moses the roots of faith in the true God. His life has been saved by Miriam and his mother’s resourceful reaction. He enjoyed the privileges and education as an adopted son of the princess. He never lost the benefits of that education.
Every child, however humble their birth, is precious to God.
Proverbs 22:6 reminds us – “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not turn from it.”
Pray today for those with young children known to you, that from birth they will be taught about the Lord and His love for little children. Claim the promise in Proverbs for them.