A Basket Case

2 Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, 2 and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. 3 But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. 4 His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him. 5 Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. 6 She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said. 7 Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?” 8 “Yes, go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. 9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.” The New International Version. (2011). (Ex 2:1–10). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

A Basket Case

Once upon a time there was a baby in a basket in the Nile river. This does not sound like the beginning of a superhero saga. Moses did not come from another planet like Superman, nor was he bitten by a spider like Spiderman, nor was he a mutant like many of the other superheroes. Moses was the child of a Hebrew woman who put him in a basket with the slight hope that he would survive somehow.

His sister stands at the bank to see what happens. The daughter of Pharoah sees the boy, draws him out of the water, and hires his mother to nurse him. He grows up, becomes a fugitive, and lives in Midian.

The God who works through a baby placed in a basket to bring people out of slavery maybe summoning you to check on a neighbor, run errands, or bring hope. That little deed or brief word may bring a person from loneliness to community and from illness to health.

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