BASKET BOY

By: Ely Lagajino

…And she called his name Moses: and she said, because I drew him  out of the water. Exodus 2:10 (NKJV)

King Pharaoh Thutmose I, ordered a cruel decree to throw into the river all male Israelite babies two years old and below. This same day the seventh of Adar, a healthy and extraordinary boy, was born to Amram and Jochebed, an Israelite couple from tribe of Levi. For three months, they tried their best to hide the baby. When the soldiers passed by their street searching for babies, sometimes the child would cry even louder.  

Soon, father Amram and mother Jochebed devised a better plan. They made a papyrus basket coated with tar and pitch to keep its waterproofing. (Exodus 2:3) Then Jochebed put her baby into the basket and placed it among the bushes on the shallow part of the Nile River. She sent Miriam her twelve-year-old daughter to monitor.

One hot summer day Pharaoh’s daughter, princess “Hatshepsut” and her maidens came down to bathe in the cool Nile River. (People like us p.74) The storage cities constructed by the Hebrews for the Pharaoh were near Goshen district, where the Hebrews lived. That’s why the princess was in that place where God’s angels directed her to the River. (PP p.251)  

The princess suddenly noticed the basket. When she opened it, the little baby boy began to smile, then cried when he saw unfamiliar faces.

“This is an Israelite baby!” the princess shouted. But she loved the baby at once.

Then Miriam showed up and asked if she wanted to get a woman to raise the baby. The princess agreed; 

When Miriam’s mother arrived, Pharaoh‘s daughter commanded. “Take this child and nurse him, and I will pay you for it.” So the mother happily took her child home again. There she taught him all the ways of the Lord. 

Perhaps the princess commanded the soldiers not to pass by the Levite’s street, then she took a bath twice a week instead of once to check on her baby boy Moses which means drawn from the water. When Moses turned 12 years old, Hatshepsut took him into the palace.

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