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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

More coffee, please!

I read Exodus 2 last night. My “coffee" and a good book turned into a “book light" and a good book. That happens…

For those of you who missed my plan you can see my first blog on this topic HERE.
If you haven’t read chapter 2, go now and do it, and then come back so we can share what God is speaking to each of us.

So I was on the edge of my seat, and impatiently waiting to get back to the beginning scenes in the book of Exodus. There is so much to talk about in this brief chapter, that you may not read my post until much later today or even tonight. Just know that I am spending time with you in my heart with coffee first thing this morning.

After hiding her child for three months, Moses’ mother cannot keep her infant under wraps any longer. His parents make a heart wrenching decision to put him in a basket and send him down the river in the hopes of helping him escape the hands of Pharaoh.

As a mother of two boys, I cannot imagine what this must have been like for his parents. Not to eliminate pops from the scenario, but I have to tune into his mom at this point. It seems my mind is trained to go that way anyway. As a child you never heard anything about his dad, but he was in fact around. Exodus 2:1 says, “Now a man…married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son.” Hebrews 11:23 tells us “By faith Moses' parents hid him for three months after he was born...” So dad was there too! Let’s not miss that. I never pictured dad in this scenario at all until now.
But before the end of verse 2 God moves on from the couple and goes straight to narrowing in on Moses’ mother. I think he has a fresh word for us as moms here!
God’s hand of protection in this next scene almost brings me to tears. After making a faithful decision to help her 3 month old baby escape the hands of his enemy, she places him in a basket and lets him go. Do I even have to ask how hard this would be for you? Honestly, I’m not sure if I could have done it. Faith or not. I will be honest, and say I struggle with control, and “letting go” (so to speak). But Moses’ mom truly gives it God. She knew no one could protect her son better than his heavenly daddy. Not her, not his earthly father, only God could protect him. That’s tough for me to swallow. In the end, no matter what we do to teach our children we need to commit them to their true parent, and let Him help us raise these men and women we have been given by His grace!

As if He didn’t miss a move, God steps in to take over! It seems Moses doesn’t get very far (or does he?) before Pharaoh’s daughter spots the basket, finds the baby, and Moses’ mother! The Bible doesn’t tell us how far the sister had to travel to find a “Hebrew woman” (v.7). Maybe she traveled a long way, or maybe she just had to go around the corner? Who knows! I want to imagine it being no time at all, as my heart is breaking for Moses’ mother who has just put her sweet baby boy in a basket and sent him down the river by faith(Hebrews 11:23), and has no idea what’s going to happen to him. In my mind I want to picture her suffering as little time as possible. So I’m imagining it happening fast! I’m not a theologist or bible scholar. I’m just a girl who loves the word of God. So maybe someone knows more on this subject than me, but this morning, I’m going with the idea there was a quick relief for her.
In a twist of fate Pharaoh’s sister comes back with “the baby’s mother” (v.8)! Moses’ mother got to be with her baby for what some scholars believe to be about three years (the customary amount of time a child would have been nursed back then). Not only did she get to be with him and nurse him, she got paid to do it as a hired nurse! The Bible then goes on to say that when he grew older she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. Again, heartbreaking, but at least she got to be with him for those precious years. Imagine thinking you would never see your sweet baby again, and then God steps in and brings you to a position that allows you to spend those precious toddler years with him! The years when they are sticky when they wake up in the morning, the years when they lay in your lap, and still need you. She got to see his first steps, hear his first words. She was able to see and hold him for three years. I guess if I had to choose, I would certainly want the 3 yrs. over 3 months!! Can I get an Amen?

This is what I want to point out to you this morning. One of my favorite books of all time is A Woman after God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George. She talks about Jochebed (Moses’ mother) in her book, and the role she had in his life. Moses goes on to be a great leader of God’s people. George says, “Jochebed had baby Moses with her for probably only three brief years before he went to live in Pharaoh’s pagan household (Exodus 2). Yet this woman, who valued her role as a mother and was passionate about God and his truth, imparted enough of that truth to Moses in those few short years to help equip him to make serious choices for God later in life(Hebrews 11:23-29.” Wow!

When Moses grows older and goes to live with Pharaoh’s daughter he moves into a household that knows nothing about God! Let’s not take for granted the importance of teaching our children God’s word early.
Deuteronomy 6:5-9 tells us to “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

Guess who spoke these words to God’s people? Moses! I have to imagine his mother played a part in these values.

After studying this portion of chapter 2, I want to trust God more in helping me raise my boys. He is in control of everything anyway, so I might as well co-parent with Him willingly! I can do this through prayer, being an example, and spending time teaching my boys about the Bible. I need to set a time aside to spend “God time” with them. We can see from Moses’ mother that it’s never too early to start teaching our kids about our Heavenly Father, and it’s never too late either!

Moses’ mother trusted God for protection and guidance, and she was able to be a small part of his life. Most of us will have our children until they grow up and marry, or move, or go on to do whatever it is God has planned for them. Let’s not waste it.

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At June 10, 2010 at 10:26 PM , Anonymous Misty said...

Love love love your summary of Chapter 2. And yes you can get an Amen!

At June 10, 2010 at 10:28 PM , Blogger Adrienne said...

Thank you!!!


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