Memoirs of Moses
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Lesson Three • Birth
Dr. Randy T. Johnson

I love the phrase, “You were made on purpose for a purpose.” You were not a mistake or an accident. You did not just happen. God has not, does not, and will not make mistakes. You are not some random product of chance. You were intentionally made by God in His image.

What thoughts and feelings come to mind when you read the phrase, “You were made on purpose for a purpose?”

As I was researching this topic, I came across an interview from 60 Minutes (cbsnews.com). In June of 2005, Steve Kroft was talking with Tom Brady (arguably the greatest quarterback of all time). Although it was years ago, Brady had already won three Super Bowl championships. Here is a segment of the actual interview:

Kroft: This whole experience -- this whole upward trajectory -- what have you learned about yourself? What kind of effect does it have on you?

Brady: Well, I put incredible amounts of pressure on me. When you feel like you’re ultimately responsible for everyone and everything, even though you have no control over it, and you still blame yourself if things don’t go right -- I mean, there’s a lot of pressure. A lot of times I think I get very frustrated and introverted, and there are times where I’m not the person that I want to be.

Why do I have three Super Bowl rings, and still think there’s something greater out there for me? I mean, maybe a lot of people would say, “Hey man, this is what is.” I reached my goal, my dream, my life. Me, I think: God, it’s gotta be more than this. I mean this can’t be what it’s all cracked up to be. I mean I’ve done it. I’m 27. And what else is there for me?

Kroft: What’s the answer?

Brady: I wish I knew. I wish I knew. I mean I think that’s part of me trying to go out and experience other things. I love playing football, and I love being a quarterback for this team, but, at the same time, I think there’s a lot of other parts about me that I’m trying to find.

What thoughts come to mind as you read this interview? Is your story similar? Can you relate?

Moses was born on purpose for a purpose. Exodus chapters 1 and 2 relate the story of the birth of Moses.

1. The crisis was real around the birth of Moses.

 

I cannot relate to the story of the birth of Moses. However, I can sense and feel the pain. The conditions and command are ruthless and evil.

Exodus 1:15-22 records, “Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, ‘When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live.’ But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live. So the king of Egypt called the midwives and said to them, ‘Why have you done this, and let the male children live?’ The midwives said to Pharaoh, ‘Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women, for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.’ So God dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and grew very strong. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families. Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, ‘Every son that is born to the Hebrews you shall cast into the Nile, but you shall let every daughter live.’”

What was the crisis?

Why let the girls live, but only the girls?

The Nile represented a lot to the Egyptians. It provided transportation, a “wall of security,” food, and not only water for themselves but for their livestock and crops. It was a life source for the people. “Hapi” was the name of the “god” of the Nile. He was worshipped by the Egyptians.

Why cast the boys in the Nile?

2. Courage was evident around the birth of Moses.

 

Although the crisis was real and could feel overwhelming, several women took a stand.

Exodus 2:1-4 says, “Now a man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank. And his sister stood at a distance to know what would be done to him.”

How was courage evident in this passage?

Most people notice the obvious, Moses’ mom (Jochebed). Like most moms would have if put on the spot, she was courageous in saving her son. However, there are so many courageous women involved in this story. The lead midwives, Shiphrah and Puah, disobeyed a direct order. The other midwives followed suit. Moses’ mom risked her life, but so did Moses’ sister (Miriam). Soon we will read how the princess and her servants got involved, too.

Who are some other courageous women in Scripture?

Who are some courageous women of our time? Why did you choose them?

3. The culmination was miraculous after the birth of Moses.

 

The next section of the story shows how God can give us more than we ask or even think (Ephesians 3:20). God steps in and saves Moses in a miraculous way.

Exodus 2:5-9 says, “Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her young women walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her servant woman, and she took it. When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby was crying. She took pity on him and said, ‘This is one of the Hebrews’ children.’ Then 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?’ And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, ‘Go.’ So the girl went and called the child’s mother. And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, ‘Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.’ So the woman took the child and nursed him.”

God not only saves Moses’ life, but what else does He do?

God protected Moses, but He also allowed the parents to be involved in his young life. I think Miriam had to be ecstatic to tell her mom the news. I wonder if Jochebed was nervous at first. I imagine her approaching the princess wondering if she was going to be reprimanded or even killed. However, she found out that not only was her son safe, but she also got to nurse him. Even crazier than that, she got paid to do it. God is amazing!
 
Exodus 2:10 adds, “When the child grew older, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, ‘Because,’ she said, ‘I drew him out of the water.’”

It is interesting to realize the meaning of Moses’ name. It means “to draw out.” It implies drawing out of the water. I am sure Moses heard the story many times. He knew he came from the water. Ironically, there are several major events in his life where water is included. I am sure they were a constant reminder of his miraculous start.

What are some of the stories of Moses’ life that include water?

Moses was made on purpose for a purpose. He helped rescue God’s people and prepared them for their next adventure into a new land.

We were made on purpose for a purpose. It has been said that there are two great moments in a person’s life: the moment you were born and the moment you realize why you were born. Sometimes we get so concerned about finding out the big purpose for our life that we miss the daily challenges, opportunities, and callings.

Jesus’ purpose for coming to earth was to die for our sins (1 Timothy 1:15). I am so thankful for that, but He did so much more. Every day He chose to live a perfect life so He would be an acceptable sacrifice on our behalf. He loved people, encouraged them, taught them, and healed them. He daily fulfilled His purposes for coming to earth. Every successful day culminated in the ultimate day for us.

Do not get so bogged down with the big picture that you miss today and tomorrow. Every great journey starts with a step.

What step do you need to take today? Tomorrow?



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