|Theme:||God's care and protection -- Proper 16 (21) Yr. A|
|Object:||Several baby items (bottle, blanket, sleeper, pacifier, etc)|
|Scripture:||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." Exodus 2:10 (NIV)
There are few things that bring more happiness than the birth of a new baby. For weeks before the baby is born, the preparations are made. The parents make sure the baby will have everything it needs. They buy clothes, baby bottles, little blankets to keep the baby warm, soft, fuzzy pajamas for the baby to sleep in. After the baby is born, care is taken to make sure that the baby has everything it needs to grow into a strong and healthy child. Good parents will do everything they can to keep their baby safe.
Our Bible story today is about a little baby boy who was born in a very dangerous time. We will see the amazing things his mother did to keep him safe and make sure he had every opportunity to grow, learn, and have the best of everything in his life.
There was a new King in Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph and how he and his people had helped save the people of Egypt from starving to death. All he knew was that the Israelites were very stong, and that they were growing in number, He was afraid that they were going to take over his country.
"We must do something to keep the Israelites from becoming moreso numerous and so powerful," the king declared. So he made them work very hard to try to crush their spirit. He thought that if he made them work very hard, they would just give up. But the harder he made them work,the stronger they became and the more their numbers increased.
Finally, the king issued a command to all of his people: "Take every newborn Hebrew boy and throw him into the Nile River, but let the girls live."
During this time, a woman had a baby boy. When she saw what a fine, handsome baby he was, she hid him for three months.
As the baby got older, she couldn't hide him any longer, so she made a basket of tall grass and covered it all over with tar to make it watertight. Then she put the baby in it and hid it in the tall grass at the edge of the river. The baby's sister stood some distance away to watch and see what would happen to him.
A little later the king's daughter came down to the river to bathe, while her servants walked along the bank. Suddenly she noticed the basket in the tall grass and sent a slave girl to see what was in it.
The princess looked in the basket and saw a baby boy. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. "This is one of the Hebrew babies," she said.
The baby's sister asked her, "Shall I go and call a Hebrew woman to nurse the baby for you?"
"Please do," she answered. So the girl went and brought the baby's own mother. The princess told the woman, "Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you." So she took the baby and nursed him.
Later, when the child was old enough, she took the boy and gave him to the king's daughter, who adopted him as her own son. She said to herself, "I pulled him out of the water, and so I name him Moses."
What an amazing story of a mother's love for her child. We all know how Moses grew to be one of the greatest leaders the people of Israel has ever known. And it all started with a little baby hidden in the bulrushes down by the river.
Father, just as the mother of Moses watched over her son and protected him, you love and care for your children. We thank you for your love and protection. In Jesus' name we pray, amen.
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