ISSL Reflections October 2 2022 Exodus 2:1–10 Post 2

Let’s read the passage once more and take notice of what you learn about the mothers in the account.

Exodus 2:1-10 New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition

Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine baby, she hid him three months. When she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket for him and plastered it with bitumen and pitch; she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river. His sister stood at a distance, to see what would happen to him.

The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her attendants walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid to bring it. When she opened it, she saw the child. He was crying, and she took pity on him. “This must be one of the Hebrews’ children,” she said. Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Yes.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed it. When the child grew up, 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.”

First there is, “The woman conceived and bore a son…

Then you have, ‘When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son.”

The child has two mothers accounting to this account.

He is given birth by one, and given a life in the house of the daughter of the ruler of the nation.

As you consider these two women, what do you think they are able to give their son?

And one more question today – what do you see when the one mother gives her son to the other, Pharaoh’s daughter?

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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