Exodus 1:8-2:10  

Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. 10 Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.”

11 So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. 12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites 13 and worked them ruthlessly. 14 They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.

15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, 16 “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” 17 The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. 18 Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?”

19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.”

20 So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.

22 Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.”

The Birth of Moses

2 Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket[a] for him and coated it with tar and pitch. 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.

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. “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.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses,[b] saying, “I drew him out of the water.”

Introduction…

Now that’s a story!  Maybe a story and a half.

There are four great truths from this great biblical passage this morning that I want to lift up together and for us think about together.

Ironically, all four stories end in the same byline:  All Things Are In God’s Hands.

Will you work with me on these great truths?

  1. Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt

The first great truth from the story of Moses is that All Things Change…

            Nothing stays the same…at least not forever. (Verse 8)

*  Nothing ever stays the same in life.

*  It didn’t stay the same for Moses throughout his life…and it doesn’t stay the same for you or me either.

*  Life is all about change…

sometimes the change is dramatic and heart grabbing.   Like when a tragic event unfolds in our life and nothing is ever the same…-9-11-2001 for instance.

sometimes the change is subtle and so little we hardly know it happened…until one day we look up and wonder when it all changed…like getting “old”.

For Moses the change was sudden and dramatic.  I love the KJV translation on this one:

“Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph”.

In the book of Acts the same incident is referred to in the N.T. It’s pretty classic too:  “Then ‘a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt.'”  Acts 7:18

Life is like that.

One day we’re sitting pretty, life is good, everything is sunshine and smiles and suddenly something happens and life is never again the same.

The story of Moses reminds us that although life is all about change, and nothing is the same as long as we remember that God is in charge, one way or the other, we have nothing to fear.

Somehow God always works things around to His way, His plan, His purposes and all we have to do is trust God.

Life will come and go but God will always be the same.

Yes, things are always changing but trust God…He is in charge and remember to root yourself in him…you have nothing to fear in the end.

  1. The second lesson comes from verse 17 of the story: 17 The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.

Good people do the right thing…no matter what the “king” says. (Verse 17)

The new King was a bum.

He was evil and small minded, vindictive, and nasty.  There isn’t much good I can say about him.

He hated the Israelites.  He was afraid that they would rise up one day and rebel and bring chaos to his land and to his people.

So he surrendered to the small man within him and he ordered that the midwives would kill all newborn Israelite boys.

There are always evil men.  There are always evil people.  But just as true there are always good people who don’t surrender to evil, who won’t do evil and no matter what will rise up to the challenge and do the right thing.

The midwives were like that.  They risked their own lives and ignoring that the new king told them to kill infant Israelite boys they let them live.  They put their own lives in danger to do the right thing.

Remember Schlinder’s List?  The Nazis were killing Jews left and right, sending untold thousands to their bitter and awful deaths in concentration camps but even in the midst of total, dark evil there were good people who found ways to save those they could.

Lesson number two…there are always good people, right people, solid people who will do the right thing when confronted with momentous moments of truth and opportunity.

  1. Lesson three from the story of Moses for today is found in verse 20.

 20 So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.

God always rewards righteous behavior…sooner or later, one way or the other. (Verse 20)

Yes, there are always good people in every time and every place and while they don’t do what they do for reward or recognition God sees everything and notes it and one way or the other good people will be rewarded for their good deeds.

Some call it “Karma”, I call it “being in God’s eyes and under the care of his angels”.

Since the midwives risked their own lives to be the right people and do the right thing God looked down on them and blessed them.

One of life’s promises is that when you do the right thing, God will see and He will note and you will be blessed.

You aren’t always blessed in the way you expect or even want and sometimes you may not even know it but life has a way of evening out and God will see and will bless you when are you the right people and do the right thing

  1. The final and fourth lesson from today is found from verses 5 & 10.

 5 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.

10 When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses,[b] saying, “I drew him out of the water.”

It’s really the point of the sermon.  It’s really what I’m trying to say and it weaves its way through all the lessons.

God is always in control and all things work to His ends and purposes.  We trust our lives to God. (verses 5 & 10)

Somehow God is always in control.

It may sometimes seem that chaos reigns and no one is in control but God is always and always has been and always will be in control.

All things are under God’s watchful eye.

All things are in God’s caring hands.

Trust God and whether you’re

up or down,

left or right,

in or out, rich or poor,

high or low,

young or old

GOD WILL LOOK AFTER YOU.  Somehow God works all things out.

I don’t know what tomorrow will bring but I do know that, whatever it is, when we trust God and leave it to Him He will work his way and His wonders to perform.

Closing

The story of Moses that we read today is an amazing story.

It’s told in many ways and in many names throughout the Bible but the lessons are always the same.

 

  1. Life is always changing…nothing stays the same.
  2. In every time and place there are always good people who will rise above the world and times in which they live and do the right thing.
  3. God sees who we are and what we do and has a way of blessing and rewarding the good people of this world.
  4. Through it all, God is always in control and when we know and trust that all things are in His hands, life is a lot more fun and blessed.

Think back over your own life.

Remember the good times and the bad, the challenges and the opportunities, the ups and downs and I’ll bet, if you remember these four truths and apply them to your future, you won’t go wrong.

God bless You.  All Things In God’s Hands!