ISSL Reflections October 2 2022 Exodus 2:1–10 Post 3

Think about the sister who, “… stood at a distance to see what would happen.”

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.”

I wonder how much the sister knew of the death threat that hung over the baby?

Did her mother send her to the river to bring back some report on the fate of the baby? Or, did her own curiosity or love take her there?

How is that one who “… stood at a distance …” becomes the one who speaks to Pharaoh’s daughter and proposes a Hebrew nurse for the baby? It seems to me that is a very bold step for the girl.

And while we are thinking of bold steps, what about Pharaoh’s daughter? She takes this boy as her son and names him. How many ways she is defying both the law of the land, Pharaoh, and her father?

There are so many brave and bold, maybe even “foolish” actions presented here.

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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