The Baby in a Basket

Categories: Moses, Motherhood, Obedience, Women in the Bible

The Baby in a Basket
Exodus 1:1-2:10

The new Pharaoh was a wicked king. When he made the Israelites into slaves, he made a new rule: "If an Israelite family gives birth to a baby boy, the baby must be thrown into the Nile River. Only baby girls can live.

One Israelite mother did not want to hurt her baby boy. At first she hid him so he would not be found. But when he was three months old, he had become to big and noisy to hide.

The mother decided to make a basket and cover it with tar and pitch. Then she put her baby in the basket, and let it float on the river. The baby boy's sister quietly hid herself in the reeds along the riverbank. She wanted to see what would happen to him.

Just then Pharaoh's daughter went to the river and saw the baby in the basket. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him.

When the Pharaoh's daughter picked up the baby, the boy's sister came up and asked, "Would you like me to get an Israelite mother to nurse him for you?"

"Yes," said the Pharaoh's daughter.

Guess which mother the sister got? Their own mother! So the baby's mother was allowed to take care of Moses until he was old enough to live with the Pharaoh's daughter.

Starting from the arrow in the reeds, can you find your way to Moses' basket?

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