The Clever Preservation of Moses, a Male Child

This meditation is based on a passage for March 19, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Exodus 2:1-22

Reflection and Question: I confess I cannot read this story without scenes from “The Ten Commandments” coming to mind, with Charlton Heston so earnestly competing with Yul Brynner, the Pharaoh, and so gallantly joining the seven sisters to water their flock. However, the more stirring aspect of the story for me is the clever way Moses’ mother manages both to shelter her newborn son from danger by gaining the attention of Pharaoh’s daughter and to remain his nurse, chosen to care for him in his infancy. What part of this story most impresses you?

Prayer: Holy Spirit, there is intrigue, power, violence and romance here as all is made ready for the freeing of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt, but no mention of You in the story yet. Open our eyes to see You at work in Moses’ upbringing and in our own lives. Amen.