Lesson 53: The Birth of Moses
Some time ago we learned about Joseph and Pharoah in the land of Egypt and about Joseph's family. Many years later another Pharoah who was then king had forgotten all about Joseph and what he had done for the Egyptians. This Pharoah was very cruel to the Israelites. He treated them like slaves by making them do all his work for him.
This Pharoah was afraid of the Israelites. He thought they would become too many and too great for the Egyptians. So Pharoah made a cruel command. He commanded that all baby boys were to be destroyed (Exodus 1:15-20).
At that time, there was a very lovely baby boy born to a Levite named Amram and Jochebed his wife. They did not want the Egyptians to destroy their baby. So, Jochebed made a basket of bulrushes and put slime and pitch on it to keep it dry. When the baby was three months old his mother put him in the basket and placed him in the river.
The baby had a sister named Miriam, who stayed nearby and watched what was happening to her brother. Later, a princess (who was the daughter of the cruel Pharoah) was washing herself in the river when she saw the basket and found the baby. She knew it was one of the Hebrew babies. She picked up the baby and decided to care for the baby. Then Miriam, the baby's sister, asked the princess if she should call one of the Hebrew mothers to nurse the child. Miriam called her mother, who was also the baby's mother. The princess made an agreement with Jochebed to nurse the child. The princess "adopted" the baby and paid the baby's mother to care for the child. Jochebed was very thankful to God for having saved her baby. While she cared for Moses she taught him about the God of Israel and His promises to His people, that someday they would return to the land of Canaan.
"And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water" (Exodus 2:10).
- How did the new Pharoah treat the Israelites?
- What was Pharoah's new command?
- What was the name of Moses' sister?
- What did Moses' mother do when he was three months old?
- Who found Moses?
- Who took care of Moses for the princess?
- Do you think God watched over the basket while it was in the river?