Birth | Devotion 6: Divine Intervention
The story of how Moses was born is, in my opinion, one of the greatest stories of the Bible. The King of Egypt, Pharaoh, had sentenced all Hebrew baby boys to death. All of the newborn boys were to be thrown into the Nile to die. Pharaoh’s Egyptians were on guard and had the authority to take away all Hebrew boys and take them to the river. There was a new mother who gave birth to a son. She was able to hide him for three months, but she could not hide him any longer. She made her son a basket lined with slime and pitch so it would be waterproof. She took him down to the river and set the basket on the river bank. The mother had her daughter watch over the baby boy from a distance to see what would happen to him.
I try and put myself in the environment of that culture as best I can to understand what is happening at the moment. As a new father of a boy, I could not fathom the thought of my son being taken away at birth to be executed. The heartache of knowing my healthy son is being thrown into the water to drown is one of the worst thoughts that could cross my mind. I could not imagine going through a pregnancy thinking that we could have a girl and we can keep her or we could have a boy and he is born with a death sentence.
Of all people to come down to the river, it was Pharaoh’s daughter. She was coming to the river to bathe, and when she stumbled upon the baby boy in distress, she had two options. She could follow her father’s orders and throw him into the river, or her maternal instinct and compassion could take over, and she could save the baby boy. When the baby’s sister saw that Pharaoh’s daughter had found the baby boy crying, she quickly ran to her and asked if she should get a Hebrew woman to nurse the baby boy. Pharaoh’s daughter agreed, and it was at that point that compassion won. The baby boy was nursed to health, and Pharaoh’s daughter brought the boy home. Pharaoh was not pleased with his daughter but she convinced him to let her keep the baby boy, and he agreed. She called him Moses because she drew him out of the water.
To think about the circumstances of how this baby boy survived is simply an act of God. To be born with a death sentence, hidden from Egyptian guards for three months, and then found by the daughter of the king who sentenced this boy to die, is a very bizarre chain of events. God made His way into Pharaoh’s daughter’s heart and convicted her to save this baby boy. He also placed in her the courage to stand up to her father, the king of Egypt. This is what made this divine intervention possible. God did an amazing work in her and allowed Moses to live and go on to do great things for God.
If there is anything about this devotion that I would want you to take away from it, it is that you should always count your blessings. Always know that someone out there is going through something worse. Pray for someone else that needs a divine intervention in the gravest way. Self-reflect and come to the terms that in the grand scheme of this world, you are more often than not living a blessed life. Do not take that for granted and always be thankful and humbled at exactly how blessed you are.