Day 1 // The Birth of Moses Exodus 2:1-10

Approach

When was a time that God brought you out of a hopeless situation?

Read

Now a man of the tribe 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 with 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 riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave 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 go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?”

“Yes, go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. 10 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.”

Reflect

The life of Moses is a story of hope that anticipates and finds its fulfillment in Christ. Read Matthew 2:1-18.Moses’ model of ministry as both mediator between God and Israel and deliverer from Egypt points to One who is greater than Moses; One who will mediate on behalf of all of humanity and deliver them from their spiritual bondage.

How does Moses’ life parallel Jesus’?

The name “Moses” comes from the Hebrew verb מָשָׁה (masha),meaning “to pull out/draw out” [of water], and the infant Moses was given this name by Pharaoh’s daughter after rescuing him from the Nile. Despite this baby’s hopeless beginning of life, God still was able to draw him out of the water and drew him into his presence. 

The story of Moses is our story too.

Pray

Spend a few moments just resting in God’s presence, bringing before him your needs and burdens.

Apply

For today: God wants to draw you out of difficult moments by drawing you to himself. The circumstances may not change, but the One who holds you will. 

How might God be wanting to draw you out of your own situation and into His presence?