Exodus [The Road Out] – An Odd Obedience

Exodus 2 RSV
1 a man from the house of Levi
took to wife a daughter of Levi.

2 The woman conceived and bore a son
she hid him three months
3 she took for him a basket made of bulrushes
she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds at the river’s brink
4 his sister stood at a distance, to know what would be done to him
5 the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river,
6 she saw the child; and lo, the babe was crying.
She took pity on him
7 his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter,
“Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women
to nurse the child for you?”

8 the girl went and called the child’s mother
9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her,
Take this child away, and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.
10 And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son;

God provided a plan for these parents of faith that would save their son by their very odd obedience to Pharaoh’s death decree for all baby boys in Exodus 1:22: “Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, “Every son that is born to the Hebrews you shall cast into the Nile.”  This particular baby boy’s life preserver was the pity of Pharaoh’s own daughter.  This is an odd story of an odd obedience with an odd cast of characters that has become a lasting part of history.  His-story that all who would read and believe it might be able to recognize the odd, but effective, provision of God for those wages to finally deliver the reward of our eternity.

The sacrifice would be a son
The basket would be an ark
Salvation would be the reward

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