By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.... By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.
Hebrews 11:23, 27
The author of Hebrews credits Moses parents for courageously acting by faith to protect baby Moses from Pharaoh's wrath. As I go back to the original story, it seems like mom did a lion's share of the risking. No offense to dad, but Mama Moses is the heroine in this one! Let’s learn some lessons on parenting. Here is the story (with my annotations).
Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son (That sums up Dad's contribution. Good job, Dad!). When she saw that he was a fine child (An unbiased maternal opinion!), she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer (He is a boy!), she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch (Maybe Dad helped with this part. Tar & pitch can get messy. Notice the similarity to Noah's ark!). 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 (What a carefully executed plan to save her son!).
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 (Can you say, "God provides!"). “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 (Again, can yous say, "God provides!" God is on the side of faithful parents and even pays the bills!).” So the woman took the baby and nursed him (What incredible courage! Imagine how many times Pharaoh would have seen this Hebrew woman in the palace! He could have had her and Moses killed at any time!). 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.”
Moses' parents are an upward call to all parents. First off, it was all "by faith...they were not afraid." There are a lot of fears in parenting. Do you parent by faith or fear?
Moses' parents came up with a faithful plan to rescue Moses. Prayer, Family Devos, church services, spiritual relationships, camps and other opportunities are a proverbial basket we prepare to save our kids! Do you have a faithful plan for how to rescue your kids spiritually from the world? Are you carefully executing it?
There is such a great connection in Hebrews 11. The parents didn't give into fear but faithfully rescued Moses (11:23). When grown, Moses didn't give into fear but faithfully rescued Israel (11:27). Our example of faithfully serving God is the best gift we can give ur kids! That can be either comforting or concerning! Is your example of serving God one that you would want your kids to follow? If not, what needs to change?
What an incredibly faithful woman Moses mom was! Here is to all of the moms, like Moses' mom, who, "by faith" do whatever it takes to protect their children. Here is to all of the moms who do it with zero or little help from dad. Here is to all the dads who do it with little or no help from mom! Here's to all parents who think their kid "no ordinary child" and so are doing all they can to rescue them spiritually. Parenting is tough and scary! Let Moses’ parents serve as a comfort and upward call to us all!
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
This Fall we are studying Biblical characters with Legendary Faith! Abel and Enoch (check sermons here), with Noah on slate for this Sunday. Very inspiring and VERY challenging for someone as normal as me. Legendary and normal aren't synonyms.
They even feel different to say. One is exciting: LEGENDARY! Add it to anything and I can't wait to do it. Legendary chores! Normal deflates. It sounds lame. It has the name "Norm" in it (Sorry, Norm). Normal is so........normal.
As I study these characters, I realize just how normal they were. Abel had one shining moment. One! Enoch walked with God and had a family. Normal as could be. But they lived "by faith" and the God they served was anything but normal!
Who is actually legendary? Noah? Abraham? Moses? Granted they had some legendary moments but they were ALL when they trusted a Legendary God and did what He said! God is LEGENDARY and, just like them, my only hope of legendary is walking with Him and obeying His call! When I do that, no matter how normal I feel or my day seems, I am sharing in a little bit of God's legendary nature!
So let's make Legendary normal! Not by being legendary, in and of ourselves, but by seeing God as legendary, walking with and serving Him then maybe a little legendary will rub off on us.