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Exodus 2:1-11, Birth of Moses

Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today

The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her attendants walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid to bring it.
— Exodus 2:5

NL Daily Devotion for Thursday, January 10, 2019

Basket girl.

by Daniel D. Maurer, Clergy Stuff Writer


The birth of Moses is really a story of hope. And it is a story that has been duplicated and remembered throughout the ages.

Moses, it would seem, would have little chance of survival. But it’s just like God to reverse everything and make him a powerful ruler for the very people who had enslaved his kin.

Moses, then, was the first “basket case!”

What’s more—this story is much more than an example of how “blood is thicker than water.” It shows that God does not forget God’s people, even in the midst when all others had lost hope.

In my own life, it’s easy to forget how much God has done for us, and continues to do for us. I tend to be an impatient person and want everything right away. But God is patient. So, we, too, are called to patience to know that whatever our situation, God is there and will be there for us, regardless.


Narrative Lectionary Daily Reading:

Exodus 2:1-11

Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was a fine baby, she hid him for three months. When she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket for him, and plastered it with bitumen and pitch; she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river. His sister stood at a distance, to see what would happen to him.

The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her attendants walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid to bring it. When she opened it, she saw the child. He was crying, and she took pity on him. ‘This must be one of the Hebrews’ children,’ she said. Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, ‘Shall I go and get you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?’ Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, ‘Yes.’ So the girl went and called the child’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, ‘Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages.’ So the woman took the child and nursed it. When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and she took him as her son. She named him Moses, ‘because’, she said, ‘I drew him out of the water.’

One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and saw their forced labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his kinsfolk.

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Earlier Event: January 9
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Later Event: January 11
Exodus 12:29-32, Death of the Firstborn