Life of Moses: God’s Sovereign Care of Baby Moses

Peter Barnes: Exodus 2:1-10

(21 October 2018)

The Nile River was meant to be the grave of every Hebrew baby boy (1:22); but for Moses it was the means whereby his life was saved (2:10).
1. Resisting the tyrant.

– 2:1-2. From Exodus 6:18-20, we learn that Moses’ mother was Jochebed. Verse 2 probably means that Moses was healthy.

– 2:3-4. Moses’ basket is actually the same Hebrew word that is used to describe Noah’s ark (e.g. Gen.7:1). Jochebed is similar to the two midwives – 1:17; Heb.11:23. Faith in the living God who has spoken in Scripture gives courage – Mark 4:40.

2. God’s common grace.

– 2:5-6. Arthur Pink: ‘Big doors often swing on small hinges.’ Ramases II had over sixty daughters, so we assume that this was not Pharaoh’s only daughter. She could have bathed in the palace but probably came to bathe in the River Nile because it was a god. It would have been like a Hindu bathing in the Ganges River.

– like the pagan natives of Malta in Acts 28:1-2. They could have plundered shipwrecked sailors, but instead they cared for them.

3. God’s sovereign purposes.

– 2:7-10. Everything fits. It is an Egyptian princess who turns up to bathe; she takes pity on baby Moses; she ends out actually paying Jochebed to raise her own son. Moses is raised to know God and to know the ways of the Egyptian court – 2:10; see Acts 7:22.

– Prov.21:1. Pharaoh thinks that he is the incarnation of the sun-god Re, but the God who made the sun on the fourth day of the creation week is working all things for His own glory and the good of His people.