This week, we're wondering about this Old Testament lesson: Exodus 1:8-2:10
As time went by, there was a new king of Egypt, who didn't know or care about Joseph the Israelite (remember last week?), and his growing family and friends. This Pharaoh became anxious about the many, many Israelites who were living in Egypt. He worried that they would rise up together, and fight, and win - and take over Egypt for themselves. Pharaoh was angry and afraid. He made a big decision: he forced the Israelites to be slaves.
Then this angry, fearful king made another awful decision: there should be no more Israelite boy babies. If was one born, he was to be killed. But the Israelite midwives (women who help mothers have their babies) tricked him! The boy babies, and the girl babies, too, lived and grew up, and had families of their own. God helped them.
The king hated this and so he said, "No more boy babies! Drown them."
There was a family who made the decision to say NO. They kept their baby boy at home until he was three months old. But he grew too big to keep safely. Then they made a very hard decision. The baby's mother took a basket and lined it with sap to make it waterproof and help it to float. She put her baby boy snugly into it, and she put the basket with her baby into the river. His sister watched.
The little basket-boat floated down the river, right into a spot where the Pharaoh's daughter was bathing. The Pharaoh's daughter picked up the basket, saw the baby, and then she made a big decision of her own: she would keep this baby boy!
The baby's sister had followed her brother's river voyage into Pharaoh's daughter's arms. And she made a decision! She asked Pharaoh's daughter if this new baby might need someone to give it milk and care for it. Yes! Home went the sister, with the baby boy, home to their family! For a little while.
He grew up there until it was time to give him back to the Pharaoh's daughter. She raised the boy as her own son, and named him Moses, ‘because’, she said, ‘I drew him out of the water.’