Here is the post I wrote this week at 2nds, my church’s blog.
Yesterday, Pastor Martin shared about Jochebed, the mother of Moses, how she was a courageous and obedient woman of faith. After hiding her baby for three months, in direct opposition to Pharaoh’s edict to kill all newborn boys, she placed Moses in a waterproofed basket into the Nile.
But when she could no longer hide him, she got a basket made of papyrus reeds and waterproofed it with tar and pitch. She put the baby in the basket and laid it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile River. —Exodus 2:3 NLT
Perhaps you picked up on the similarity between Jochebed’s basket and another homemade, waterproof vessel. The Hebrew word for the basket (tēb̠āh) is the same as the word for Noah’s ark. Where one was huge and housed not merely Noah and his family but a menagerie of coupled animals, the other was small and could contain only a baby.
We have a similar basket. A friend of ours made one for Micah. I’m pretty sure it is not waterproof, though. I can’t be certain. Cindy wouldn’t let me put it in our pool—not with Micah in it, at least.
In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve chose to become their own gods, as did their children and children’s children and so on. But with Noah, who was humble and worshiped God instead of himself, God chose to begin again, though this was merely a temporary fix. (Sort of like duct tape, though in most cases, it was my dad’s choice for a permanent repair.) Almost immediately, things began to fall apart again. And all along God knew this would happen.
So he set in motion a plan he’d conceived even before he created our rebellious parents. And Moses was a part of that plan. God would use Moses to free the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt, a foreshadowing of how God would free all people from sin and its consequences—not the least of which was death.
- God would use Moses to write the Torah—the Law, the first five books of our Old Testament, which later Jesus would fulfill.
- God would use Moses to build the Tabernacle, the representation of God’s abiding presence on earth.
- God would use Moses to lead his people to the Promised Land, all the while looking toward a greater future when the promise was not just milk and honey, but the world created anew, when creation would no longer groan under the oppression of pollution and people would no longer suffer under the tyranny of sin.
- God would use Moses to point to Jesus.
And this plan lay vulnerable in a basket of papyrus reeds on the Nile River.
O LORD, I will honor and praise your name, for you are my God. You do such wonderful things! You planned them long ago, and now you have accomplished them. — Isaiah 25:1 NLT