Speaker: Rev. Dr. Marnie Crumpler
Date: May 14, 2017
Series: Rescued: Rescued From The Nile
Text: Exodus 2: 1-10
RESCUED: RESCUED FROM THE NILE
Text: Exodus 2: 1-10
Sermon Date: May 14, 2017
This week we go back to the story of Moses’ birth. When Moses came into the world, an edict from Pharaoh directed the people to throw new-born Hebrew boys into the Nile River. In the midst of this dangerous world, Moses’ mother took a risk by hiding her baby boy in the very place that was meant to be his watery grave. She released her child to the care of God-–and God returned the child to her in a surprising way.
Pray and ask for the Holy Spirit to help and to speak in the moments you have together; ask that we would all have hears to hear what the Spirit might say through the scripture. Pray the words of Psalm 119:17-–“Open our eyes that we might see wonderful things in your Law.”
Have one or two in the group read the text aloud, encouraging all to read silently and listen prayerfully. After the reading offer a moment of general response asking
(1) What details of the story resonate with you or stand out to you?
(2) What questions does the story raise in your mind?
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[a] 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.
FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION:
1. The story of Moses’ birth features the role of three women: Moses’ mother, sister, and thedaughter of Pharaoh.
- What do each of these women do in the story?
- What do these actions tell us about them?
2. The ‘sovereignty’ of God is a phrase that tells us that God is at work in all things for his purposes, ordering events to bring about his will. How do we see the sovereignty or providence of God at work in this story?
3. Read Hebrews 11:23. What does the writer of Hebrews want us to take away from this story about Moses’ birth?
4. What are some ways that we can practice ‘releasing’ those we love into the car of God? Why is this so difficult for us?
5. In your personal time of prayer, name someone whom you entrust to God’s care and guidance.
Merciful God, we are quick to affirm that you work all things together for our good. We are slow to trust that promise in the areas of life that we most treasure. The mother of Moses opened her hands and released her child to your care and the working of your providence. We grasp at what we love, fearful that our open hands will lead to loss. Remind us of the words of Jesus, who told us that only as we hold life loosely can we truly find life. In these moments we open our hands–to give ourselves to you anew and to receive the rescuing grace you offer to us in your son, in whose name we pray. Amen.