A Little-Known Hero

Pastor John Fenlason May 14, 2018

Exodus 2:1-10

Vasili Arkhipov
Dr. Stanley Dudrick
Marian Rejewski

Hebrews 11:23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command.

Background

Pharaoh planned on eliminating all boys and the Hebrews would blend into Egyptian society

He commanded midwives to allow baby boys to die

He gave Egyptians orders to throw Hebrew baby boys into the Nile

Exodus 2:1-10 And a man of the house of Levi went and took as wife a daughter of Levi. 2 So the woman conceived and bore a son. And when she saw that he was a beautiful child, she hid him three months. 3 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. 4 And his sister stood afar off, to know what would be done to him.

5 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. 6 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 Hebrews’ children.”

7 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?”

8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” So the maiden went and called the child’s mother. 9 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. 10 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.”

 

Jochebed saw the best in her son (v. 2)

 

Exodus 2:2 So the woman conceived and bore a son. And when she saw that he was a beautiful child, she hid him three months.

 

Jochebed believed that her son could make a difference

 

Genesis 15:13-14 Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. 14 And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward, they shall come out with great possessions.

 

Jochebed protected her son (v. 2)

 

So the woman conceived and bore a son. And when she saw that he was a beautiful child, she hid him three months.

 

Jochebed risked her life to protect her son

 

Jochebed trusted God with her son (v. 3-6)

 

Exodus 2:3-4 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. 4 And his sister stood afar off, to know what would be done to him.

 

Amram and Jochebed had a plan but trusted God for the outcome

 

Jochebed poured her heart and life into her son (v. 7-10)

 

Exodus 2:9-10 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. 10 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.”

Jochebed gave Moses a good foundation to help him stand strong against the culture and glamor of Egypt

 

God used Moses to bring His people out of Egypt to the Promised Land

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