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
Matthew 13:3 Then he [Jesus] told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.” NIV
I am a confirmed believer the Spirit of God uses repetition to direct my mind. Repetition of a recent word or thought gets my attention and that’s exactly what God desires. Remember my reference to the “mustard seed” in the last post? This truth about seeds just “happened” to pop up in this blog by raincitypastor, Richard Dahlstrom, Step by Step Journey.
“One of the most famous parables in the Bible is the story about the seed and the sower. “A farmer went out to sow his seed” is how it begins, and by the end of the tale we discover that not all the seeds reached their full potential. The seed, though, was never the problem; it was the soil. Too many rocks. Too many thorns. Not enough depth. It’s a powerful tale, because later in the Bible we’re told that “His seed abides in us.”
That thoughtful commentary recalled yet another recent repetition of thought for me – the book of Genesis and our future. We all know the long-ago story of Adam and Eve and their “original sin” that became our heritage. Thankfully that is not the end of the story at all. 1 John 3: 9 says “No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.”
I think God’s provision for Adam and Eve was more than clothing as they left that perfect Garden to begin a life of “painful toil.” He chose to leave a little seed of his “original innocence” within them insuring there would be a new heritage for all their descendants – the possibility of overcoming their own sin. Innocence was no longer a given but there would be “good soil” that could produce a crop of purity — “a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”