The Boy Moses
Sermon 3 in Series
Now a man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a Levite woman. 2 The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. 3 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. 4 And his sister stood at a distance to know what would be done to him. 5 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. 6 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.” 7 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?” 8 And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, “Go.” So the girl went and called the child's mother. 9 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. 10 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.”
DEEP SHEET: Sermon Study Questions
1. How do passages focused on God’s providence cultivate faith and awe? Why do we constantly need to be exposed to this theme in our culture?
2. Where do we see evidence of faith in this narrative? How does this challenge us not to lose heart when we face our own (often much lighter) trials?
3. What is the significance of the word “ark” in v. 3? What does this word choice tell us about the role of this event in the overall storyline of the Bible?
4. In what ways does this story illustrate God’s active involvement in the lives of his people? In light of Romans 15:4, how does it provide “instruction” and “encouragement”?
5. What is the outcome of the story? How does it prepare us for the rest of the book?
References: Exodus 6:20; Genesis 5:28-29; Hebrews 11:23; Acts 7:20; Romans 15:4; Matthew 2:16.